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Co-Founder and Executive Director, Resource Equity
As a gender and land tenure lawyer, Elisa has worked for over 15 years in the research and design of laws, policies, and programs that improve women’s rights to land and natural resources, strengthen women’s involvement in decision-making and governance of land, improve equity in administration of rights and benefits attached to land, and facilitate enforcement of women’s rights in justice systems. She has worked on projects around the globe, including in Cabo Verde, Rwanda, Uganda, Kyrgyz Republic, China, Lesotho, Liberia, and Morocco. Elisa is also core faculty at the Women’s Land Rights Institute, where she regularly leads their 10-week Foundations course.
Director of Community Land Protection, Namati
Eileen has been working in the development sector for nearly 10 years, focusing specifically on Women’s Land Rights and Land & Natural Resource Governance. Prior to joining Namati, she was the Women’s Land Rights Advisor for Oxfam International, and has worked with Kenya Land Alliance, Development Policy Management Forum, NCCK, and Kenya Institute for Public Policy, Research and Analysis (KIPPRA). Eileen co-authored a peer-reviewed book on informal justice mechanisms and formal courts in Kenya, and holds an MA in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi.
Principal Consultant and WOLTS Project Team Lead, Mokoro
Elizabeth is a land tenure specialist with over 20 years of experience working on land, natural resources, environment, food security, and livelihoods across Africa and Asia. She currently leads the WOLTS Project, a multi-country, action-oriented strategic project in support of gender-equitable land governance. Elizabeth has extensive field-based and technical knowledge of key policy issues around responsible land governance, land tenure reform and registration, land rights and tenure security, and large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs), with particular interests in land rights of women and vulnerable groups and in women’s economic empowerment. She has written and presented widely, including academic publications on gender and LSLAs, women’s land rights, and land tenure and social change.
Executive Director, People Centered Conservation
In addition to heading this Mongolia-based NGO, Narangerel has worked as a consultant on the design, implementation, and evaluation of projects in rural development, natural resource/pasture management, and conservation since 2006. She has conducted field research on community-based conservation, pastoral livelihoods, grassland management, and local governance, and is a co-author of several publication and research materials such as Participatory Forest Management, Training Curriculum for Protected Area Rangers and Land Officers, the Training Manual on PRA, and “Community Organization in the Gobi – Experiences in local Governance, Community based Poverty Reduction, Natural Resource Management and Conservation.”
Associate of Law, Economies, and Justice – Natural Resources, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
A law, gender, and development specialist, Philippine leads research and field-level projects on the socio-legal empowerment of women and accountability mechanisms in the context of natural resource governance. Her work focuses on supporting the development of participatory approaches to amplify marginalized voices. Philippine’s expertise and experience includes analysis and research of domestic, international and transnational legal frameworks; capacity building; advisory work on the role of law and justice in sustainable development with a focus on natural resources investments and land rights. She holds a Master of Laws LLM from Kings College, London.