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Welcoming the ICCA Consortium’s new Global Coordinator

Ali Razmkhah was selected for the role by the unanimous consensus of the Executive Committee of the ICCA Consortium’s Council

First published on 03/26/2024, and last updated on 04/10/2024

Announcement by the Executive Committee of the ICCA Consortium Council

The Executive Committee of the ICCA Consortium’s Council is delighted to announce Ali Razmkhah’s appointment as the next Global Coordinator of the ICCA Consortium’s Secretariat

In this role, Ali will lead and support the Secretariat, the team collaborating to serve the Consortium’s vision, mission, manifesto for territories of life, and 2024-2028 Strategic Plan. He will ensure the necessary strategic direction, internal capacity, operational support, and partnerships for the Consortium’s Secretariat so that our membership-based association can continue to serve the global movement for territories of life of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. 

Ali Razmkhah, a legal expert and advocate for Indigenous Peoples and local communities and their territories of life, brings over a decade of experience in this movement, with a particular focus on working with nomadic pastoralists and subsistence and small-scale farming communities in Iran. His deep understanding of the issues faced by Indigenous Peoples and local communities and his commitment to their rights makes him an ideal leader for the role of Global Coordinator at the Consortium.

Since 2018, he has been the Regional Coordinator for West and Central Asia and the Caucasus in the ICCA Consortium Secretariat on behalf of the Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment (CENESTA), a founding Member organization of the Consortium.

Ali has been actively involved in the Consortium’s organizational change process for several years, including in the regionalization process in his capacity as Regional Coordinator and the organization-wide process of reflection, revisioning, and strategic planning in 2023. His significant contributions to this process in 2023, which include co-drafting the new strategic plan, went far beyond his role as Regional Coordinator and demonstrated his deep understanding of and dedication to the Consortium’s mission and Manifesto.

Ali was selected by the unanimous consensus of the Executive Committee, based on the recommendation of the Search Committee established for this purpose. This decision reflects our collective confidence in his abilities and vision for the role.

The Search Committee consisted of eight members, including four Council members, three Secretariat members, and one Member organization representative with expertise in organizational development and leadership transitions.

Ali is expected to formally commence this role by 1 May 2024, after an active handover process with the outgoing Global Coordinator, Holly Jonas, in April. Ali will serve as Global Coordinator for one year, with the expectation that the nature of this role will evolve as part of the ongoing organizational change process.

As the next Global Coordinator, Ali will have the following core responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, strategic foresight, and ongoing guidance within and for the Secretariat.
  • Guide and support the continuing organizational change process, focusing on the Secretariat.
  • Oversee the development, coordination, resourcing, ongoing support, monitoring, and reporting of the Consortium’s programmatic and organizational priorities per our 2024-2028 strategic plan.
  • Support and oversee the development and strengthening of the Secretariat’s team management systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Oversee a robust financial management system and resource mobilization strategy.
  • Serve as the main point of contact and signatory for the Secretariat’s global-level relationships with funders, partners, and other relevant organizations and initiatives.
  • Work with the Council and its committees to provide timely and accurate information and Secretariat support for the ICCA Consortium’s governance bodies and to ensure adherence to the Consortium’s governing documents and organizational policies and procedures.
  • Serve as the main point of contact and signatory for the ICCA Consortium’s fiscal sponsor, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Join us and welcome Ali as the next Global Coordinator of the ICCA Consortium’s Secretariat.

Learn more about Ali Razmkhah

Featured image: A collage consisting of a portrait of Ali Razmkhah juxtaposed with an image of the Chahdegal Balouch Peoples’ territory of life in Iran. Designed by Ines Hirata/ ICCA Consortium, with the landscape photo by Hamed Shahiki