We are thrilled to announce that Kathia Carrillo and Mohammad Arju (‘Arju’) have joined our Secretariat as of 1 July 2020. They have diverse and highly complementary skills and experiences and share a deep personal commitment to the causes at the core of the ICCA Consortium. We are confident that they will fit in well with our unique organisational culture and significantly strengthen our communication capacities in service of our membership.
Please join us in welcoming Kathia and Arju!
Kathia Carrillo is based in Peru. Kathia discovered her passion for communication and learned her skills ‘from the grassroots’, with popular education, communication and art collectives in Lima and beyond. Since then, she worked as Communications and Press Officer for the National Indigenous Women’s Organization ONAMIAP and designed media campaigns against oil contamination with the platform of Amazonian Indigenous Peoples United in Defence of their Territory (PUINAMUDT). With the Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampis Nation (GTANW), she produced a documentary on the Wampis’ struggle against illegal mining, and currently contributes with the Wampis communications program. As a communications all-rounder, she likes to explore different forms of artistic and audio-visual expression from a gender-sensitive and decolonial angle. She’s keen on music, plays the ukelele and used to play in an all-women drum ensemble.
Mohammad Arju is based in Bangladesh. Arju was born and raised on a Bay of Bengal island. His early years among struggling farmer and fisher communities, and later experience as a traveling journalist across coastal areas and islands, made him committed to pursuing more just and inclusive societies. He has more than twelve years of experience in communication and locally led conservation. Arju worked with local and international conservation groups in Bangladesh, helped organizations in India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and the United States in collaborative projects, strategic communication, and network building. He is personally committed to decolonizing conservation to ensure social-ecological justice for all communities whose life is inseparable from their land.