FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
DR. AVILASH ROUL
Dr. Avilash Roul was named the Executive Director of the Forum in March 2010. Avilash has been writing, advocating, researching and creating knowledge on Environment and Development since 2000. He was a research fellow and an advisor to Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict – a Delhi-based think tank. Earlier, he worked with Down to Earth (a magazine published fortnightly from the Center for Science and Environment in New Delhi, India). He has been writing for the New Sunday Express, Down to Earth, EcoWorld, SSPC News and other regional newspapers and magazines. Avilash worked as the Assistant South Asia Regional Coordinator for the Bank Information Center (BIC). Avilash completed his Ph.D. on environmental negotiations, specializing in water security negotiations. His expertise is on multilateral environmental negotiations, poverty and environment, environmental security, climate change, forest, and tribal rights, mining, water and conflict, and wildlife.
Avilash has immense experience working with and building the capacity of various communities on the environmental knowledge base. Avilash is presently connected with the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC).
RENATO REDENTOR CONSTANTINO
Renato Redentor Constantino was Forum’s Executive Director from 2008-2010. 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 have been translated into several languages. He worked for seven years with Greenpeace — like Southeast Asia regional climate campaigner, senior campaign advisor to Greenpeace China, and Asia climate campaign advisor to Greenpeace International.
As an activist for over two decades, Red’s work largely involves peace issues, foreign policy, imperial history, migrant work, poverty, energy, environment, development history, and development. Red is also the managing director of the Constantino Foundation.and human rights. He previously taught undergraduate courses in sociology, Philippine
Hemantha Withanage was Forum’s Executive Director from 2005 to 2008. Previously, he was the elected international convenor of FORUM for the period 2001-2003. He 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 the local and international field.
Sameer Dossani has been working on issues of debt, development, human rights and the international financial institutions for over 10 years, including as Executive Director of 50 Years Is Enough: U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice and the NGO Forum on the ADB (2003 – 2005). Sameer is currently ActionAid’s expert on the ‘BRICS’, including Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.