Secretariat members

S.N. Name and Position

Date of Joining



1 Ms. Joan Carling

Secretary General

Ms. Joan Carling belongs to the Kankanaey, Igorot tribe from the Cordillera Region, Philippines. She was the Secretary General, and consequently the Chairperson of the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance (CPA) from 1997-2006. She has been an indigenous activist for more than two decades working on human rights, environment and development issues relating to indigenous peoples from the grassroots, national, regional and international levels. Her educational background is in sociology and economics.

Sept. 2008 Kankanaey Philippines
2. Ms. Robeliza Halip

Institutional Support Service Section Head

Ms. Robeliza Halip belongs to the Kalanguya tribe of Ifugao and the Kankanaey tribe of Mt. Province in the Cordillera Region, Philippines. Prior to joining AIPP, she has been actively involved in human rights work in the Cordillera Region and has likewise been involved in the government working as the information officer of the provincial government of Ifugao and consequently the consultant on Indigenous Peoples Affairs of the Chairman of the National Cultural Communities Committee in the 15th Congress. Her educational background is in biology.

July 2012 Kalanguya Philippines
3. Mr. Prabin Shakya

Programme Coordinator, Human Rights Campaign and Policy Advocacy

Prabindra Shakya graduated in Master of Arts in Inter-Asia NGO Studies (with electives in Global Human Rights and Critical Peace Studies and International Relations) from SungKongHoe University in Seoul in 2011. Before rejoining AIPP as its Human Rights Campaign and Policy Advocacy Programme Coordinator, he was engaged as a consultant (Aug 2014 – Apr 2015) with the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues under the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at UN Headquarters in New York. He was previously employed with AIPP as its Research and Communications Development Programme Coordinator (May 2011 – Jul 2012). He has worked in various positions with organizations, including International IDEA, International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and National Coalition Against Racial Discrimination (NCARD), involved in post-conflict justice processes, constitution writing and the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities. He has number of publications and articles to his credit in those areas.

Sept. 2015 Newar Nepal
4. Mr. Aung Kyaw Soe (Khun Aung)

Programme Coordinator, Research and Communication Development Programme

Mr. Khun Aung belongs to Pa-Oh ethnic group from Shan State, Myanmar. He graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2011 with a Bachelor degree in Social Policy and Administration. Before joining AIPP, he worked with Pa-Oh Youth Organization as their Community Mobilizer and Mining Campaign Officer for over a year. He also worked with the Burma News International as a webmaster for over a year.

October 2012 Pa-Oh Burma/Myanmar
5. Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa

Programme Coordinator, Environment programme

Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa hails from Eastern part of Nepal. He belongs to the Sherpa indigenous community. Sherpa completed his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications from Pokhara University, Nepal. Before joining AIPP, he was actively associated with Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) as the Research Assistant and later as the Climate Change Monitoring and Information Network (CCMIN) Officer under the NEFIN-Climate Change and REDD Partnership Programme.

July 2011 Sherpa Nepal
6. Ms. Chanda Thapa

Coordinator, Indigenous Women Programme

Chanda Thapa belongs to the Magar Indigenous Community in Nepal. She has completed her Masters Degree in Rural Development from Tribhuwan University, Nepal. She also holds a Masters in Development Studies, specialization on Conflict Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands under the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme (JJWBGSP). She has more than 6 years experience of working with Sankalpa, a network of 11 issue-based women’s organizations in Nepal on women’s rights, social inclusion and peace building. Prior to that, she was engaged in teaching for 6 years. She is also a receipt of a scholarship to attend Peace Research Course at International Summer School at University of Oslo, Norway, 2011 and Women in Public Service Project Institute co-hosted by US State Department, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Mount Holyoke College, Simmons College and Smith College, Massachusetts, 2014.

Sept. 2014 Magar Nepal
7. Ms. Kamonphan Saelee

Administrative Manager

Ms. Kamonphan Saelee is a Lisu from Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Cooperative Economy from Maejo University, Chiang Mai. She has been an indigenous activist for the past ten years and was working with the IMPECT before she joined AIPP. She has expertise in community mapping and environmental issues.

July 2009 Lisu Thailand
8. Ms. Pirawan Wongnithisathaporn

Assistant Admin Manager

Ms. Pirawan is a Karen from Chiang Mai, Thailand. She holds a Bachelor‘s Degree in Home and Community from Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Before joining AIPP, she worked as a trainer on primary health care with the Malteser International, a Health Aids organization working with refugees along the Thai-Burma Borders. She joined AIPP in September 2011.

Sept. 2011 Karen Thailand
9. Ms. Apinya Putipraisakun

Finance Manager

Ms. Apinya Putipraisakun, is a Lahu, from Fang District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Management (accounting) from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University. Before joining AIPP, she worked with Thailand Lahu Baptist Convention looking after finance and accounting for five years.

Aug 2007 Lahu Thailand
10. Ms. Saowaluck Thaluang (Sao)

Finance and Admin Section Head

Ms. Saowaluck Thaluang (Sao) is a Pwa Ka Nyaw (Karen) from Mae Hong Son, Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Administration from Payap University, Thailand. Before joining AIPP, she worked with the Distri-Thai Ltd as their Sale’s Representative.

Jan 2008 Karen Thailand
11. Mr. Benjamin Tongpoeng (Ben)

Management Director, AIPP Printing Press

Mr. Benjamin Tongpoeng (Ben) is a Pwa Ka Nyaw (Karen) from Chiang Mai, Thailand. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aquatic Science from Burapha University, Thailand. Before joining AIPP, he worked at the Asian Aquaculture Company limited as a Technician Counselor at first, then at Thai Union Feed Mill Company limited as Product Researcher and Developer. In 2005, he completed some courses in computer science at the Strayer University Campus Memphis Tennessee, USA. He joined AIPP in August 2006.

Aug 2006 Karen Thailand
12. Ms. Jarunee Sunpawaranont

Finance Officer

Ms. Jarunee Sunpawaranont is a Karen from Mae Hong Son, Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University. Before joining AIPP, she worked at the Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees (COERR) in Mae sot as the Account Officer.

May 2012 Karen Thailand
13 Mr. Hpuji Nawng (Fuji)

Human Rights Documentation and Communication Officer

Mr. Hpuji Nawng (Fuji) belongs to Kachin ethnic group from Kachin State, Myanmar. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Payap University, Thailand. Before joining AIPP, he worked as a Logistic and Technical Support in Foundation for Applied Linguistics (FAL), as a Publication Assistant in Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE), as a Teaching Assistant at Earthrights School Myanmar (Burma), in Earthrights International (ERI), and as Computer Help Desk for Kachin communities. .

December 2015 Kachin Burma/Myanmar
14. Ms. Chanissara Silachan

Finance Officer

Ms. Chanissara Silachan is a Karen from Chiang Rai, Thailand. She hold a Bachelor degree in Accounting from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University. Before joining AIPP, she worked at the Partners Relief and Development looking after the organization’s finance and accounting.

August 2015 Karen Thailand
15. Mr. Chumpol Bunpeng

Logistic Officer

Mr. Chumpol Bunpeng is a Karen from Chiang Mai. He hold a Bachelor degree in English from Mahachulalongkoranjavidyalaya University.

August 2015 Karen Thailand
16. Patricia Miranda Wattimena

Advocacy Coordinator

Ms. Patricia Miranda Wattimena belongs to Haruku indigenous community from the Maluku province, located in the Eastern part of Indonesia. Patricia has been active in the field of human rights since the age of fifteen (15) when she started her activities for the protection of child rights by also dealing with drugs and HIV/AIDS issues.

She began her more professional and dedicated work for and with indigenous peoples in 2009 by joining Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN) regional chapter in Maluku. In 2011, after completing her bachelor on criminal law at University of Pattimura, Ambon, she was appointed as the Head of Division on International Advocacy of AMAN headquarters in Jakarta, where she continued her work till 2015. She joined AIPP secretariat in 2016 as the Advocacy Coordinator with the main tasks to coordinate the overall advocacy work of AIPP, as well as providing support to the Secretary General and the Executive Council Members in undertaking their advocacy work.

January 2016 Haruku Indonesia
17. Mr. Charu Bikash Tripura

Regional Capacity Building Programme Coordinator

Mr. Charu Bikash Tripura is from Chittagong Hill Tract, Bangladesh and he is from the background of Tripura Community. He obtained his MBA degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Before he joined AIPP, he worked with Zabarang Kalyan Samity for 2 years since July 1, 2003 to February 29, 2005 as Programme Coordinator as well as Executive Director. Zabarang Kalyan Samity is indigenous based organization at Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. After Zabarang Kalyan Samity, he worked for 11 years with UNDP-CHTDF since March 1, 2005 to September 30, 2015 as district governance officer, Upazila coordinator and Upazila Community empowerment officer under the components of Capacity building, community empowerment, education and health. He is an expert in capacity development, governance and Human Resource Management. He also has expertise and knowledge in partnership management, leading, implementing programme, advocacy, motivation, facilitation, providing training, team building, monitoring, supervision and coordination. Tripura is his mother tongue and he is well versed in both of English and Bengali.

February 2016 Tripura Bangladesh
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