International Committee (2008 - 2010)
Wilfred D' Costa, International Convenor
Wilfred Dcosta is the new International Convenor of the Forum. He is the General Secretary of the INDIAN SOCIAL ACTION FORUM (INSAF), a platform of over 600 organizations all over India. As a democratic membership-based forum, INSAF is committed to broaden the space of resistance against the processes that threaten the lives and livelihood of the majority of the citizens, and struggle to secure and revive secular and democratic values. The main thrust areas are to resist globalization, combat communalism (religious conflict), and defend democracy.
He also represents INSAF as the regional coordination committee member of Jubilee South — Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development.
INSAF plays a key role in the Peoples' Forum against the ADB, Independent Tribunal on the World Bank Group in India, Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), Bhutan Solidarity Forum, and Coalition for GM free India, among others.
INSAF is located at A-124/6 (First Floor), Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi 110016 (India). You may contact them at telefax +91 11 26517814, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.insafindia.org
Fabby Tumiwa, Treasurer
Fabby Tumiwa has been active in NGO campaign specializing in energy technology and policy, climate change, and development issues since 1996.
Fabby was the founder of the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR), the Jakarta-based NGO active in the advocacy of energy and environmental issues and privatization of energy services. Since 2008, he has been the Director of IESR. Before that, he was the coordinator of the Working Group on Power Sector Restructuring (WGPSR).
He has also worked with Pelangi Institute as energy policy analyst, Indonesia Climate Action Network (ICAN) as coordinator, and International NGO Forum on Indonesia Development (INFID) as adviser for international advocacy. He is also a regional board member of WALHI (FoE Indonesia) in Central Java. Fabby is known as an independent energy analyst. His comments and analyses on energy and electricity are published regularly in the national media. He has written a number of books and articles criticizing the role of international financial institutions (IFIs) and multilateral development banks (MDBs) in privatizing energy and water services, electricity and energy policies, and climate change issue. You may contact him at email@example.com
Central Asia and Caucasus
Parviz Umarov, Center for Development of Civil Society
Parviz is the director of the Tajikistan-based NGO Center for Civil Society Development. It aims protect human rights and freedom in the country. For the past eight years, he has been a strong advocate of human rights.
A lawyer by profession, Parviz taught a course theory and history of the state and law at the Tajik State National University. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Suranjan Kodithuwakku, Green Movement of Sri Lanka
Suranjan is one of the founding members and the chief organizer of the Green Movement of Sri Lanka. The Green Movement was founded in 1998 and is now the largest environmental network in Sri Lanka. It was the leading organization that prepared the People’s Report on Sustainable Development formulated by a consortium of civil society organizations.
As an environmental activist, Suranjan was the co-editor of the Citizens’ Report to the Rio Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 which was formulated by a group of civil society organizations in Sri Lanka. He subsequently joined the Organization for the Safeguard of Life and Environment (OSLEN) in 1993.
Suranjan was also the lead campaigner against the proposed privatization of the phosphate mine in Eppawela, Sri Lanka and against the ADB-funded policy for the privatization of water resources. He was also the founding member of the Sri Lankan Working Group on the ADB which became the Sri Lankan Working Group on Trade and IFIs. He was also one of the founding directors of the Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) and currently the director of the Central Environment Authority (CEA). You may contact him at email@example.com.
Ahmed Swapan, VOICE
Ahmed has 17 years of experience in managing and facilitating development programs and projects, focusing on research and advocacy both at national and global scale.
A recognized activist against capitalist and imperialist globalization, Ahmed combines knowledge of the organic advocacy and policy work, with micro-macro linkage. He has led a number of national advocacy networks.
Having taught in college for a couple of years, he has innovated and applied a new approach to education called Regenerative Freirean Literacy through Empowering Community Techniques (REFLECT), led by David Archer, a renowned education policy analyst.
A journalist, Ahmed has written for a number of national dailies. He still writes columns on socio-economic development and political issues in the national newspapers and also for international magazines and journals.
With a post graduate degree in English literature, Ahmed complemented his academic career with a number of training both at home and abroad. He has published a number of books and articles on development economics, politics and information technology.
A member of a number of international agencies such as the Association of Progressive Network, Reality of Aid, IFI Water Watch, Water for People Network, Asia Pacific Research Network and IFI Watchnet. He is the executive board member of the nationwide network Sushashaner Jonno Procharivijan (Campaign for Good Governance), Secretary of the Right to Food Movement and Convener of the Aid Accountability group.
Ahmed loves reading and beauties, and making adda with friends, fun with drinks and life. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pen Raingsey, NGO Forum on Cambodia
Raingsey joined the NGO Forum on Cambodia in January 2008 as the Resettlement and Housing project officer. He has been working on development projects funded by the ADB and other IFIs that are affecting local communities. Presently, he’s monitoring the ADB-funded Road Improvement Project and Railway Rehabilitation Project.
He also worked as research coordinator for Oxfam Australia for its Mondulkiri Expansion Project. Under this program, he directly worked with local authorities, NGOs and indigenous communities to identify their problems.
Raingsey also worked with the Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT) from 2003-2007. As its project officer, he worked closely with local organizations in the Mekong and Tonle Sap Great Lake. He was also a member of the NGO working group on fisheries issues, which happened to be a watchdog of the ADB-funded Tonle Sap Initiative. He was also the team leader for its research unit on water sanitation and poverty. The main purpose of the program is to help increase agricultural productivity as a means to reduce poverty. He was also assigned to look at the effect of water constraints to the livelihood of poor households.
He had also done case studies and research work on the decentralization of natural resource management and the Tonle Sap. He also contributed stories to the Fisher Voice magazine and the Tonle Sap Watch newsletter. You may contact Raingsey at email@example.com
Milo Tanchuling, Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)
Milo has been the Secretary General of the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) since 2005 and has been an elected member of its Board of Trustees since 1998. He is also an active member of the Regional Committee of the Jubilee South-Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JS-APMDD).
He is also the Chairperson is the Foundation for Sustainable Society, Inc (FSSI) - an eco-enterprise resource institute that caters to the sustainable economic development of poor communities in the Philippines.
Milo is a busy, no-nonsense, but with a strong sense of humor, development worker-activist. Aside from the FDC, he is a member of the board of several NGOs. He presently seats in the NGO Council of the Philippine National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).
He has an extensive experience in rural democratization and development work. His earlier field work in community development was in the rural communities of the Province of Bulacan. He continued his work with the peasant sector and rural communities during his stint with the Philippine Peasant Institute from 1983-1996 and the Philippine Network of Rural Development Institutes (PhilNet-RDI) from 1996-2005.
He has a degree in community development at the Institute of Social Work and Community Development (now the College of Social Work and Community Development) in the University of the Philippines.
Milo is married and with three kids. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yuki Tanabe, Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES)
Yuki Tanabe is the program coordinator of the Sustainable Development and Aid Program (SDAP) of JACSES. His work mainly involves monitoring and advocacy activities of Japanese ODA institutions and international institutions, in which Japan is financing large amount of money. He is also involved in the investigation and policy advocacy of problematic projects in Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Yuki has conducted research and advocacy activities on IFIs' policies (e.g. ADB’s Disclosure Policy and Safeguard Policies) and destructive projects in South Asia, including the Chashma Right Bank Irrigation Project (Pakistan) and Melamchi Water Supply Project (Nepal).
Yuki started his career in the international NGO environment as a campaign volunteer for “A Seed Japan” and participated in the “3rd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP3)” in 1997. He worked for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan, specifically on its Climate Change Program. He started working for JACSES in February 2003. He has been a member of the IC since 2003. You may contact him at email@example.com.
Non-Regional Donor Member Countries
Pieter Jansen, Both ENDS
Pieter works for Both ENDS, an organization from the Netherlands, that works on finance, development and the environment. He used to work on advocacy as a policy worker to influence the Dutch policy on international financial institutions for the past four years.
Since the beginning of this year, a shift in the focus in his interest and in his work became apparent towards more collaboration with civil society and environmental groups in Asian countries.
Pieter has a background in environmental activism opposing large infrastructure projects for Friends of the Earth Netherlands and ASEED Netherlands.
He used to be a board member of the Friends of the Earth Netherlands for about 5 years. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renato Redentor Constantino, Executive Director
Renato Redentor Constantino was recently named the Executive Director of the Forum. Red, as he is known to friends, is a writer and painter, and the author of "The Poverty of Memory: Essays on History and Empire" (CFNS 2006). His essays come out regularly in Philippine dailies and has been translated into several languages.
He worked for seven years with Greenpeace -- as Southeast Asia regional climate campaigner, senior campaign advisor to Greenpeace China, and Asia climate campaign advisor to Greenpeace International. An activist for over two decades, Red's work largely involves peace issues, foreign policy, imperial history, migrant work, poverty, energy, environment, development and human rights. He previously taught undergraduate courses in sociology, Philippine history and development.
Red is also the managing director of the Constantino Foundation. He can be reached at email@example.com. He maintains a personal blog site at http://redconstantino.blogspot.com
International Committee (2006-2008)
Ms. Ana Maria Nemenzo, Freedom from Debt Coalition - International Convenor
ANA MARIA R. NEMENZO is a staunch political activist and feminist. She is the incumbent Convenor of the International Committee of NGO Forum on ADB 2006.
She is also the president of the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), a multi-sectoral policy advocacy and mass-based campaign coalition with seven chapters and more than 200 organizations throughout the Philippines. Since its founding in 1988, the network has focused its work on the country’s debt problem, budget and fiscal policies, neo-liberal globalization policies, particularly privatization of public utilities (i.e. power and water), and alternative economic development strategies.
In addition, she is the founder and national coordinator of Woman Health Philippines. From 1999 until March 2002, she held the positions of vice chairperson for the Basic Sector of the country’s National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and commissioner for the Women Sector of the NAPC.
Mr. Gururaja Budhya, Urban Research Centre- Karnataka (India) - Treasurer
Gururaja Budhya joined the FORUM as a member in 2004. He is the incumbent Treasurer of FORUM. Gururaja was the team leader for Urban Governance Group in Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE), Bangalore, India during 1998–2005. He was also the coordinator of Paper Forum (1995-1998) and a conservation core volunteer with World Wide Fund for Nature-India (1993-1998). He is the founding member and the chief functionary of Urban Research Centre, Bangalore, India. He has been in the development sector since 1993 and works on issues such as environment, governance and development issues. Presently, he is pursuing his PhD studies in urban governance.
Mr. Ashraf-ul-Alam Tutu, Coastal Development Partnership (Bangladesh)
Ashraf-ul-Alam Tutu is the coordinator of Coastal Development Partnership (CDP), engaged in natural resource management, environmental conservation, and social rights and good governance issues for the sustainable development of the Southwest Coastal Region of Bangladesh.
Tutu was a freedom fighter during the great liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. From then on, he has been actively involved with different people’s movements. He was engaged with the people’s movement on issues such as water logging in Khulna-Jessore on Commercial Shrimp Faming, saving the biodiversity of Sundarbans, land rights and livelihood in 1990.
Since 1996, Tutu has been monitoring ADB projects in Bangladesh. Since December, 2001 he works as the coordinator of the Bangladesh Chapter of the Asia Pacific Network of Food Sovereignty (APNFS). He has authored more than 20 books and his publications are widely published in different international journals.
Mr. Suranjan Kodithuwakku, Green Movement (Sri lanka)
Suranjan is a founding member and the chief organizer of the Green Movement of Sri Lanka. The Green Movement was founded in 1998 and is now the largest environmental network in Sri Lanka. It was the leading organization for the preparation of the People’s Report on Sustainable Development formulated by a consortium of civil society organizations.
He started environmental activism as the co-editor of the Citizens’ Report to the Rio Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 which was formulated by a group of civil society organizations in Sri Lanka. He subsequently joined the Organization for the Safeguard of life and Environment (OSLEN) in 1993.
In addition, he was also a leading campaigner against the proposed privatization of the phosphate mine in Eppawela, Sri Lanka and against the ADB-funded policy for the privatization of water resources. He was also the founding member of the Sri Lankan Working Group on ADB which became the Sri Lankan Working Group on Trade and IFIs. He was also a founding director of the Centre for Environmental Justice and currently the director of the Central Environment Authority.
South East Asia / Pacific
Mr. Fabby Tumiwa (Indonesia)
Fabby Tumiwa is active in NGO campaign specializing in energy technology and policy, climate change and development issues since 1996.
Fabby was the founder and has been the coordinator since 2003 of the Working Group on Power Sector Restructuring (WGPSR). The Jakarta-based WGPSR is a group of NGOs active in the advocacy of energy and environmental issues at the national level, and privatization of energy services. Before that, he was the executive director of Yayasan Gemi Nastiti (GENI) in Salatiga, Central Java in 1999-2001.
He has also worked with Pelangi Institute as energy policy analyst, Indonesia Climate Action Network (ICAN) as coordinator, and International NGO Forum on Indonesia Development (INFID) as adviser for international advocacy. He is also a regional board member of WALHI (FoE Indonesia) in Central Java. He wrote a number of books and articles criticizing the role of international financial institutions (IFIs) and multilateral development banks (MDBs) in privatizing energy and water services, electricity and energy policies, and climate change issue.
Mr. Yuki Tanabe, Japan Center for Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES)
Yuki Tanabe is the current program coordinator of the Sustainable Development and Aid Program (SDAP) of JACSES. His work mainly involves monitoring and advocacy activities of Japanese ODA institutions and international institutions, in which Japan is financing large amount of money. He is also involved in investigation and policy advocacy of problematic projects in Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Yuki has conducted researches and advocacy activities on IFI’s policies (e.g. ADB’s Disclosure Policy and Safeguard Policies) and destructive projects in South Asia, including Chashma Project (Pakistan) and Melamchi Project (Nepal).
Yuki started his career in the international NGO environment as a campaign volunteer for “A Seed Japan” and participated in the “3rd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP3)” in 1997. He worked for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan, working on the Climate Change Program. He started working for JACSES in February 2003. He has been a member of the IC since 2003.
Ms. Kaliya Moldogazieva, Tree of Life Kyrgysthan
Kalia completed her post-graduate course on Human Physiology (Aspirantura) in 1980. She is a Ph.D. candidate of medical sciences, Certificate of Highest Certificate’s Commission, Moscow in 1989.
She began her career as a doctor-therapist. At present, she works as the director of Human Development Center, “Tree of Life.” She is also a part-time lecturer of the ecology faculty of Bishkek Humanitarian University on the subject: Ecological problems and ecological law in Kyrgyz Republic. In 2004, she was a member of National Supervisory Board of Bio-safety project in KR (UNEP). She was awarded the laureate of State Premium of Kyrgyzstan together with eight other people for scientific work in August 1998. She was also nominated for the Goldman Prize for her work on the Kumtor gold mine 2000.
At present, she engages in monitoring and advocacy work on Kumtor gold mine creation and coordination of eco-safety and advocacy NGO network in Kyrgyzstan. She also participates in the promotion of healthy environment, and promotion of extractive industries transparency initiative through network of ecological safety and advocacy.
Non-Regional Donor Member Countries
Mr. Marnix Becking, Both Ends (Netherlands)
Marnix served the International Committee until December 2006 as the representative of the Both Ends, a Netherlands-based advocacy organization. He is an expert in the environmental field and especially on the Environmental Impact Assessment. He is also an expert on the water sector.
Mr. Hemantha Withanage, Executive Director
Hemantha Withanage has been the Executive Director since April 2005. Previously, he was the elected international convenor of FORUM for the period 2001-2003. Hemantha held the Executive Director and the Senior Environmental Scientist positions of the Environmental Foundation, Sri Lanka until December 2003. He founded the Centre for Environmental Justice and the Sri Lankan Working Group on Trade and IFIs in 2004. He has more than 15 years of experience in NGO work in the areas of development work, and networking in local and international field.
International Committee (March 2004 - APRIL 2006)
Mr. Gopal Siwalkoti, Water and Energy Users Federation (Nepal), Former Convenor
Mr. Sanjai Bhatt, PAIRVI (India)
South East Asia
Ms Arimbi Hereopoetri, Debt Watch (Indonesia)
Ms. Natalia Ablova, Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law (Krygyzstan)
Ms. Ruth Pune, Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights (Papua New Guinea)
Mr. Yuki Tanabe, Japan Center for Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES)
Mr. Marnix Becking, Both Ends
Ms. Ana Maria Nemenzo, Freedom from Debt Coalition
Mr. Hemantha Withanage, Executive Director