Forest Peoples Programme Supporting forest peoples’ rights

Staff and Board

FPP employs a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in land rights, environment and development, and indigenous affairs with high-level qualifications in social anthropology, human rights law, tropical forest ecology and environmental science. The team has longstanding and extensive experience working directly with indigenous peoples and forests in all corners of the globe.


Joji Cariño Director
Marcus Colchester Senior Policy Advisor
Louise Henson Managing Director
Patrick Anderson Policy Advisor, Indonesia
Raissa Bashonga Admin and Finance, DRC
Viola Belohrad Project Assistant, Community-based monitoring
Balla Camara Finance and Monitoring Officer
Sophie Chao Project Officer
Fiona Cottrell Finance and Africa Projects Manager
Valérie Couillard Coordinator, Legal and Human Rights Programme (LHRP)
Valentina Favero Project Officer - Africa Programme
Conrad Feather Project Officer, RFP and EGP
Maurizio Farhan Ferrari Coordinator, Environmental Governance Programme (EGP)
Oda Forberg Almas Project Officer
Tom Griffiths Coordinator, Responsible Finance Programme (RFP)
James Harvey Communications Manager
Vanessa Jiménez Senior Attorney, LHRP
Caroline de Jong Project Officer, EGP
Justin Kenrick Policy Advisor, Africa
Chris Kidd Project Officer, LHRP
Patrick Kipalu Project Coordinator, DRC
Emil Kleden Field Officer, Indonesia
Lassana Kone Lawyer
Tom Lomax Lawyer, LHRP
Francesco Martone Policy Advisor, RFP
Frances Maclean Finance Assistant
Nadia Mbanzidi Legal Assistant, DRC
Alancay Morales Garro Project Officer, LHRP
John Nelson Africa Regional Coordinator
Julia Overton Logistics and Administrative Officer
Anouska Perram Lawyer
Chris Phillips Mapping and GIS Coordinator
Sue Richards Administrative Assistant
Sarah Roberts Institutional Finance Manager
Ailsa Spindler Project Manager
Helen Tugendhat Policy Advisor, LHRP and RFP
Messe Venant Cameroon Programme Coordinator
Stéphanie Vig Lawyer, LHRP
Clare Whitmore Database and Technical Assistant
Peter Willis Projects Finance Officer


Board of trustees

The Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) is both registered as a UK Charity and a Dutch Stichting. The members of the Board of Trustees perform their duties without remuneration. FPP meets the Wijffels Code and the remuneration of the director follows the guidelines of the VFI. (Wijfels Code is a Dutch agreement to not pay salaries higher than that of the Dutch Prime Minister; VFI is a federation of fund raising organisations.)

  Position Expertise
Paul Wolvekamp (Co-Chair) Deputy Director, Both ENDS, Netherlands Community development and livelihoods
Saskia Ozinga (Co-Chair) Director, FERN The EU Forest Campaign Aid, trade and environment
Chad Dobson Executive Director, Bank Information Center Development policy and civil society
Séamus P Finn(Treasurer) OMI Director, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate; Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Ethics and international finance
Silas Siakor Former Director of Sustainable Development Institute, Liberia Community rights to land and resources, alternative and sustainable development in Liberia
Carol Yong Independent researcher-consultant Indigenous peoples, dams, forced displacement, gender and development