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INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE

The International Committee or the Board of Trustees oversees and serves as the advisory body of the Forum. It is the policy-making body of the Forum for the period when the General membership is not convened. The IC has eight (8) members elected or appointed by the General Membership in a meeting for that purpose or in the Forum Annual Meeting (FAM). They have a two-year term of office and are eligible for re-election or appointment.

At least five (5) of the members come from Developing Member Countries of the ADB, representing collectively at least three (3) of the Forum’s sub-region. At least one IC member come from the Philippines. At least one IC member come from the Donor Countries of the ADB. The Executive Director is an ex-officio member of the IC. The Convener or President presides over IC meetings.

SREEDHAR RAMAMURTHI

International Convener

Environics Trust

India

Sreedhar Ramamurthi is a Geologist from IIT Roorkee and Managing Trustee of Environics Trust. He worked with mainstream exploration organizations, Atomic Minerals Division, Government of India and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.

 

Since 1985 he has been working with communities on environmental and alternate technology issues. He co-founded the Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (’94) – one of the earliest networks on Climate Change, Mines, Minerals and PEOPLE (’99) – the largest alliance of mining-affected communities, the Environics Trust (’03) and the EIA Resource and Response Centre (’08).

 

He is a founding Executive Member of the National Green Tribunal Bar Association. He has been actively involved in institutional and network development, research, implementation of alternative technologies and providing techno-legal support for Human Rights and Environmental Litigations.

 

Currently, he is also a Director of the Environics School of Management Sciences and a visiting faculty at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR)  Law University.

RENE OFRENEO

Treasurer

Freedom from Debt Coalition

Philippines

Dr. Rene E. Ofreneo is a Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines and former Dean of the UP School of Labor and Industrial Relations. He served as Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary for Labor Relations in 1997-98, at the height of the Asian financial crisis.


Dr. Ofreneo is one of the leading scholars on labor relations and labor market studies in the Philippines and in the Asia-Pacific. He sits on the editorial board of several international journals. Among his international publications are: Asia and the Pacific: Advancing Decent Work Amidst Deepening Inequalities (Singapore: ITUC-AP, 2013); A Toolkit for Labour Law Reform Advocacy (Singapore: ITUC-AP, 2011); and Green Jobs and Green Skills in a Brown Philippine Economy (Geneva: ILO, 2010).


Dr. Ofreneo writes a weekly column, “Laborem Exercens”, for Business Mirror. Dr. Ofreneo is President of three civil society organizations: Freedom from Debt Coalition, Integrated Rural Development Foundation and Philippine Movement for Climate Justice.

CHINARA AITBAEVA

Central Asia
Nash Vek

Chinara Aitbaeva is a social activist since 1999. Director of the Public Foundation "Nash Vek" since 2001. In 2012 received a Master's degree in management in non-profit organizations at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic (Hanns Seidel Foundation 2010-2012).


She studied management and business at the Academy of Tourism (1995-1999). Also, she studied law at the Kyrgyz State Legal Academy under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (2000-2003). She continued her professional education at the School of Political Management of American University of Central Asia (AUCA) (2011), at the School of State and Public Policy Consultancy (2010), at the School of Gender (2011), passed professional training on the management of natural resources and their incomes, anti-corruption standards of draft laws, and etc.


She is a member of the UNDP Advisory Council, the Supervisory Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) from civil society, the Working Group on Regional Development Funds of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, and other international NGO networks on sustainable development.  Coordinator of the External Aid Monitoring Committee of the Coordinating Council of Public Councils of State Bodies. 

PIETER JANSEN

EUROPE

BOTHEnds

As a child, I saw a movie about Smokey Mountain in Manila on Dutch television. Smokey Mountain was a landfill, a mountain of dirt, with on top an army of desolated scavengers making a living by picking through the rubbish. Slums surrounding the mountain now and then were caught by fire, which resulted in many deaths.

 

At around the same time that I saw Smokey Mountain on television, Manila hosted the World Bank Annual Meetings. The new convention center was inaugurated by then-World Bank President Robert McNamara, in support of then-dictator Marcos' ambition to make Manila a Financial Center. The Adagio of the World Bank and other banks is that economies should grow like mountains.

 

Both ENDS, I follow the policies and money politics of international financial institutions (IFIs) for quite some time now. In 2012 I attended the Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting which was held in Manila. Parts of the road that brought me from the airport to the convention center were shielded off with billboards to hide the slums behind them. The city's ambitions and economic growth politics followed since Marcos and McNamara have not helped these slum dwellers to climb out of poverty.

 

In the IFI-work that I do for many years now one thing that repeatedly fascinates and worries me is the ongoing disconnection of Bank language with the reality of destitution on the ground. It is important for poverty solving to study the world's poor, in city slums as well as living in remote rural areas. It is important as much to study the Bank language in the conference centers to better understand the political dimension of dealing with destitution. 

HASAN MEHEDI

SOUTH ASIA

Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN)

Hasan Mehedi has been working in the non-profit sector since 1998. His major focus is on the policy and practices in Environment & Forest, Climate Catastrophe, Food & Livelihoods, Socioeconomic Justice and Water Management sectors. Hasan Mehedi was one of the Alternative IC Member of the Forum for the period of 2012-2014.

He founded Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) in 2010 and currently working as Chief Executive of the organization. CLEAN is a member of NGO Forum on ADB, Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Climate Action Network - South Asia (CANSA), Food Security Network of Bangladesh (KHANI), Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM), Democratic Budget Movement (DBM) including other national and international networks on equity and justice for the poor and marginal producers.

Mehedi is also one of the editors of Mangropedia, a free and open-sourced encyclopedia on Mangroves. A life-long activist, Mehedi has led environmental and human rights campaigns specializing in environmental and socio-economic rights for more than 20 years. He has a number of publications on climate change, forced migration, national and regional policies, and human rights.

 

Traveling, reading, collecting films, and chatting are Mehedi's hobbies.

TITI SOENTORO

SOUTHEAST ASIA

Aksi! for gender, social and ecological justice

For more than two decades, Titi Soentoro has been active in women’s, environmental and social movements in her home country, Indonesia, and in the Asian continent. As her main advocacy, she promotes human and women’s rights, safeguards, and accountability in the context of development. Recently, she has been heavily involved in climate change financing work. She is into policy advocacy, project monitoring, and capacity building for activists and affected communities in Indonesia and other Asian countries. She also provides international skill-share training on gender, climate, and financial institutions. Titi monitors exclusively international financial institutions (IFIs) like the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank.

 

Currently, she is the policy advisor of Aksi! for gender, social and ecological justice, an organization she established with other four Indonesian feminists. Titi is a representative of Aksi! at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law, and Development (APWLD), one of the Coordinating Group members of the Southeast Asian Women Caucus on ASEAN, and a member of GenderCC – Women for Climate Change.

A native speaker of Bahasa Indonesia, Titi also speaks English and German.

In 1986, she took up economics at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany. For her cultural interests and recreation, Titi studies Buddhist wisdom and does Vipassana meditation in Mahesi Sayedaw and Goenka traditions, yoga and tai chi. Titi is also a serious amateur photographer.

YUKI TANABE

AUSTRALIA/JAPAN

Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES)

Yuki Tanabe joined Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES) in 2003 and became a Program Coordinator/Director in 2005. He oversees the Sustainable Development and Aid Program (SDAP) program including policy and project research and advocacy activities on social and environmental issues in development projects funded by international financial institutions.

He is a campaign coordinator of No Coal Go Green projects which is to urge the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) to stop using tax money and public funds to finance coal-fired power plants.

He is also a coordinator Japan Coalition of Fair Finance for Guide, which is a web-based tool enabling bank clients to make their bank more socially responsible, fair and sustainable, by assessing and scoring bank policies on a wide range of topics against international standards of sustainability and human rights.

EANG VUTHY

MEKONG

Equitable Cambodia

Vuthy is an Advocate for Land and Housing Rights and the Executive Director of Equitable Cambodia (EC). This NGO is based in Phnom Penh and focuses on securing housing, land, and natural resources rights for the urban and rural poor. Most recently, EC has been assisting the affected communities of the Boeung Kak Lake, ADB-Railway Rehabilitation, and Rubber in seeking restitution.

Vuthy has been involved in civil society activism since 2003 when he began working with an NGO that provided legal aid to Khmer and urban poor communities. He later started a charity with some American friends that ultimately became Sustainable Cambodia, a group that provided technical assistance and alternative agricultural techniques to poor farmers.

This laid the groundwork for his involvement with EC, where he seeks to use his legal background to help empower communities to advocate for policy changes at the national and international levels. Vuthy has a Master’s Degree in Law and Political Science.

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