Speakers, Delegates, and Organizers
Faith at the Climate Frontiers: Consequences for Oceania and Asia
Rev. James Bhagwan
Rev. James Shri Bhagwan is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church in Fiji and the elected General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of divinity in Ecumenical Studies – with honors – from the Pacific Theological College in Fiji and a Master’s degree in Theology in Christian Social Ethics from the Methodist Theological University, South Korea. He is a passionate advocate for ecological stewardship and climate justice, with particular focus on the Climate-Ocean Nexus, Climate-Induced Displacement & Relocation and Sovereignty, Gender Justice, and self-determination issues including challenging development narratives.
Ann Marie Brennan
Ann Marie Brennan is the Vice President of the World Executive Council of Christian Life Community (CLC) and is a CLC promoter for the Greater New York City area.
Dr. Siji Chacko SJ
Dr. Siji Chacko SJ, is the current Director of Development of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (JCSA), and the Coordinator of Ecology (GIAN-Eco Jesuit). He also serves as the Director for the Migrant Assistance and Information Network (MAIN) that reaches out to the distressed migrant laborers. He also works in the Conference Development Office (CDO), the development wing of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia that promotes programmes and fosters linkages among Jesuit-led institutions and networks through capacity building, collaboration partnerships, and branding. He has worked extensively on issues related to the marginalized communities in India, especially of Bihar. He has expertise in programme development, discerning leadership, livelihood and inclusive innovative education.
Jacqui Rémond is Co-Coordinator of the Ecology Taskforce at the Vatican Covid-19 Commission working with the Vatican Dicastery for the Integral Human Development. Jacqui also works as Laudato Si’ Consultant at the Australian Catholic University and is Co-Founder of the Laudato Si’ Movement. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Education and Science in 1997, a Post Graduate Certificate in Leading Resilient Enterprises in 2014, and is currently undertaking a research doctorate at the University of Notre Dame Australia. She is also the former Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia and spent many years developing partnerships and ecological conversion initiatives to enable the Catholic Church to better care for God’s Creation through advocacy, education, research and collaboration.
Mavis Tito currently serves as the National Director of Caritas Papua New Guinea (CPNG) since July 2019. With a background in health, Mavis is also an avid community development and rights advocate for grassroots people. She has also engaged in several development and humanitarian-based organizations and has completed a 3-year term with the Australian government’s Law and Justice program in Papua New Guinea.
Soane Patita Paini Cardinal Mafi
H.E. Cardinal Mafi was born in Nuku’alofa on the Island of Tongatapu, Tonga. He earned a degree in divinity at the Pacific Regional Seminary in Fiji and was ordained a priest on 29 June 1991. On 18 April 2008 he became the Bishop of Tonga, and began serving as chairperson at the Tonga National Forum of Church Leaders. He was elected president of the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific in 2009. In October 2012 he participated in the Synod on the New Evangelization. When he was appointed Cardinal in 2015, he was the youngest and the first cardinal of his home country. Cardinal Mafi has served as the President of Caritas Tonga since 2009, and was elected as the President of Caritas Oceania in February 2021.
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is from the Kankanaey Igorot peoples of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines and recently wrapped up her six-year tenure as UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples from May 2014 to April 2020. She was also the former Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from 2005 to 2010. She is a social development consultant, indigenous activist, civic leader, human rights expert, public servant, and an advocate of women’s rights in the Philippines. As an indigenous leader, she got actively engaged in drafting and adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. She is also the founder and executive director of Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples’ International Center for Policy Research and Education).
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong is the Archbishop of Suva, Fiji and the President of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (FCBCO).
Bishop Allwyn D’Silva
Bishop Allwyn D’Silva is the Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Bombay. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Mumbai.
He was ordained priest on April 19, 1975. As part of his priestly ministry he spent 21 years in the slums of Mumbai where he was deeply involved in human rights issues, social concerns and more recently in environmental matters at the local, regional and national levels. Actively involved in environmental concerns, he is also secretary of the climate change desk of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) and is visiting professor the archdiocesan seminary.
Pedro Walpole SJ
Pedro works in sustainable environment and community land management in Southeast Asia, with mainly local communities, universities, international organizations and governments. He practices a people-focused approach to capacity building and seeks to promote more lasting partnerships through research, consultation, and policy building to support local populations and governments. He is the Global Coordinator for Ecojesuit, Research Director for the Environmental Science for Social Change, and Network Catalyst for the River Above Asia Oceania Ecclesial Network.
Pedro also directs the Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center, an upland basic education program and technical training for indigenous children in northern Mindanao that has its own culture-based curriculum and promotes multi-language education and the use of the mother tongue. He continues to live with the Pulangiyen, an upland indigenous community in Mindanao.
Ecojesuit COP26 Delegates
Sue Martin is a long-time member of Ecojesuit, and has engaged in past COPs with the Ecojesuit team. Praying COP26 sees ambition as we work to trigger transformative change. She works across the Australian Province as the Reconciliation with Creation project officer and with the Asia Pacific Conference as assistant coordinator of our Reconciliation with Creation ministry and a member of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat Advisory Committee. Sue is also passionate about engaging local communities, schools, and parishes in caring for creation and is a contributor to the River Above Asia Oceania Ecclesial Network (RAOEN). She is also active in the climate movement in Australia by serving as a mentor for Climate Reality leaders across Australia.
Brex Arevalo is an advocate for participatory climate action and integral ecology. In 2019, he participated in the first-ever UN Youth Climate Summit as the Green Ticket recipient for the Philippines. He works with Ecojesuit in forwarding a global commitment for climate justice among Jesuits and collaborators, and with the 2030 Youth Force in advocating for the SDGs with the Filipino youth.
Xavier Jeyaraj SJ
Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj, SJ is the Secretary for Social Justice & Ecology for the Society of Jesus in Rome, Italy in June 2017, where he leads and coordinates social apostolate and the social networks for the entire Society of Jesus. A trained social worker, a lawyer, a human rights activist and a scholar on ‘Extractivism and mining and its impact on indigenous people and the environment’. Early in his career, he taught Sociology at St. Xavier College, Kolkata, India. Founded a social centre called “Udayani” in Kolkata and worked among the most deprived santal tribals and dalits in the slums and villages around Kolkata.
Valeria Méndez de Vigo
Valeria Méndez de Vigo coordinates public advocacy and international networks and communication at the Social Justice & Ecology for the Society of Jesus in Rome. She has attained her LLB, with several postgraduate courses in migration, human rights, development cooperation and management of NGOs and leadership of social entities. She has over 25 years of experience in development cooperation in various organizations and has rendered 12 years of service in Entreculturas as head of studies and public advocacy. Valeria is also an author and coordinator of numerous articles and publications. Her interests include education, participation and refugee/migration, and human rights.
Rigobert Minani Bihuzo SJ
Rigobert Minani Bihuzo SJ Ph.D is a Congolese Jesuit. He is the social apostolate coordinator of the ACE province (Angola-DRC), the head of the research, peace, human rights, democracy, and good governance department at Centre d’Etude Pour l’Action Sociale (CEPAS, DRC). From 2015 he is the regional coordinator of the Ecclesial network of the Congo Basin Forest (REBAC). He has been leading its delegation to different COPS from cop 21 in Paris to date.
Dr. Ciara Murphy
Ciara is the Environmental Policy Advocate in the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice located in Dublin. She works on influencing policy change at a national level as well as focusing on community-based local initiatives. She achieves this through commentary, public consultation submissions and collaborating with peer NGOs and community organisations. She is also involved in developing a Caring for our Common Home policy for the Irish Jesuit Province. Ciara holds a BSc. in Environmental Biology and a PhD. in Environmental Microbiology which have equipped her with a broad knowledge on environmental and biodiversity issues.
Lumnesh Swaroop Kumar SJ
Lumnesh Swaroop Kumar, SJ is a Jesuit Priest from Karnataka Jesuit Province, India. He holds a Master degree in Environmental Sciences from Bangalore University, India, and currently pursuing PhD in Ecology from the faculty of Biology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He was the Coordinator of the Ecology Commission of the Karnataka Jesuit Province and was the Coordinator for Ecology for the Jesuit Conference of South Asia. He has engaged himself with Ecojesuit for 3 years. His areas of interest in the field of ecology are global change impacts, climate justice and Eco spirituality.
Charles Chilufya SJ
Fr. Charles Chilufya is the coordinator of the Africa Task Force of the Vatican Covid-19 Commission. He is a Jesuit priest in Africa working for the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) as director of the JCAM Justice and Ecology Office (JEO) since 2018. The JCAM Justice and Ecology Office works to foster and coordinate the Jesuits’ work in economic, social, migration, gender and climate justice in Africa. JEO is a vital Jesuit interface between global policies in the economic, social and environmental spheres and local issues confronting populations in Africa. JEO also works to foster collaboration among apostolic sectors in what concerns justice and ecology. Prior to his current appointment, Fr. Chilufya served at the Copperbelt University, a public university in Zambia, where he worked in the School of Business and as the University Chaplain. In the School of Business, Fr Chilufya taught research methods in business and economics as well as history of economic thought.
Paul Chitnis is the Director of Jesuit Missions UK. Paul brings many years’ experience in senior management having been Chief Executive of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF), the international development agency of the Catholic Church in Scotland. He has also worked for Christian Aid and HCPT. In 1981, he set up The Newman Holiday Trust to provide holidays for disabled children in the UK. Paul has travelled widely in Africa, Asia and Latin America where he has witnessed the work of Jesuits to serve the faith and promote justice.
Bryan P. Galligan SJ
Bryan P. Galligan SJ is a Jesuit scholastic of the USA East Province. He is currently assigned to Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) in Nairobi, Kenya, where he researches and writes about the ecology and ethics of small-scale fisheries and coordinates JENA’s global advocacy efforts around the issues of food sovereignty, climate justice, and ecology. He received a B.S. in biology and theology from Fordham University in 2015 and an M.A. in social philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 2021.
Martina works with the team in the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (JCFJ) and Irish Jesuits International (IJI) to achieve their communication objectives across a range of platforms and channels. Her professional background is in the Irish non-profit and social justice sector. Martina’s purpose at COP26 is to create written and visual content from the event relevant to the JCFJ and IJI, which can be shared across the wider Jesuit network; to inform, inspire and educate about issues surrounding the climate crisis.
Pollo Canales is a lawyer graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He currently works as a human rights teacher at the Jesuit Worldwide Learning Initiative and Xavier University Bhubaneswar, based in Geneva, Switzerland. His academic background includes a Master in Investment Treaty Arbitration from Uppsala University; a Master in Constitutional and Human Rights from Umea University; an MBA from Universidad de Cádiz; and MBA from Top-E University and currently is pursuing a Master in Environmental Law funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. He is a proud alumnus of the European Leadership Programme of the Jesuit European Social Centre.
Maria Virginia Solis Wahnish
Social Argentinian entrepreneur passionate about creating vehicles for social and environmental impact globally. Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management from the University of San Francisco. Co-founder and CEO of Matera, which sells Yerba Mate from Argentinian Small-Scale farmers in the US. She has work experience with the agriculture and food industries and a strong background in financial analysis and project management. She also works as a consultant for Start-ups. Currently, she serves as coordinator of the Agriculture & Justice Village for the Economy of Francesco, co-leads The Farm of Francesco, and integrates the Steering Group for Cronica Blanca Latina and The Laudato Si Action Platform. Maria Virginia involvement in COP26 is as part of the Christian Climate Observers Program and the Ecojesuit delegation.
Aaron N. Durnbaugh
Aaron N. Durnbaugh leads the Office of Sustainability for Loyola University Chicago, supporting the 17,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff in creating the most sustainable and transformative education experience possible and implementing LUC’s Climate Action Plan. Previously, he served as the Deputy Commissioner in Chicago’s Department of Environment where he oversaw the Natural Resource and Water Quality Division and the city’s climate adaptation strategy focused on the built and natural infrastructure and resident’s public health. He holds a Master’s Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies, is a LEED and ISSP accredited professional, and lives in the City of Chicago with his wife and two sons.
Edmond Grace SJ
Edmond Grace SJ is Secretary for Ecology at JESC, the Jesuit European Social Centre. He comes from Ireland and studied law in Trinity College, Dublin, and Columbia University, New York. After working with a community plagued by drug dealing and organised crime in Dublin, he wrote a book on the challenges facing democracy, entitled ‘Democracy and Public Happiness.’ In more recent times he directed a citizen-jury project in Galway County in the west of Ireland and wrote up the experience in a report entitled ‘Enabling Citizens, a two way street.’ Following this project, he was invited by the Irish Minister of the Environment to serve on an Advisory Committee for a National Dialogue on Climate Action. He has been with JESC since 2018.
Ngonidzashe Edward SJ
Ngoni is a youth and development worker with 15 years of experience in sustainable development and youth ministry work. He has a passion for climate justice and ecological action, and for over 8 years has been involved in establishing and supporting different eco-movements and organisations such as the Catholic Youth Network on Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) and the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM – Now Laudato Si Movement). In the past 4 years, he has been involved with the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) researching on climate change communication and ecojustice.
Luiz Felipe Barboza Lacerda
Luiz Felipe Lacerda is a psychologist with a postgraduate degree in Transpersonal Psychology from the Luso-Brazilian Association of Transpersonal, Master and Doctor in Social Sciences from UNISINOS, with a doctoral internship at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (Port). He is also a professor at the Catholic University of Pernambuco and coordinator of the Laudato Si Chair of Integral Ecology and Social and Environmental Justice (UNICAP), and a Collaborating Researcher of the Research Group: Education and Amazon Diversity (GPEDA), researcher of the Transdisciplinarity, Integral Ecology and Socioenvironmental Justice (UNISINOS) research group. Luiz also serves as the Executive Secretary of the National Observatory of Socioenvironmental Justice Luciano Mendes de Almeida – OLMA. His topics of interest include the promotion of Social and Environmental Justice in Brazil.
Nick Napolitano is the Assistant for Justice and Ecology of the USA East Province of the Jesuits. He supports the faith-justice engagements of Jesuit communities, parishes, middle schools, high schools and colleges across the East coast. Nick received his BA and MA from Fordham University, where he worked for six years in the service-learning, community service and justice office. Before returning to work for the Jesuits, Nick was an advocate for three years with homeless individuals and families in New York City. He lives in the Bronx with his wife Michelle and daughters Grace and Hannah.
As Community Engagement Officer at Jesuit Missions, Lynn provides support and resources in schools, parishes and university chaplaincies, sharing the work of Jesuit Missions to promote a more just society where the God-given dignity of all is upheld and celebrated. She also liaises other Jesuit works both in the UK and internationally to promote an understanding of the global community.
She notes, ‘The environmental crisis highlights our interdependence. As a human race we have a duty to respond to this unprecedented challenge with hope, solidarity, and creativity. To paraphrase the words of Pope Francis, we need to dare to dream.’
Charles Dhinakaran serves as a manager of the Conference Development Office of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (JCSA) based in New Delhi. His work has enabled him to work alongside diverse key stakeholders and to travel through South, West and East Asia, Central Europe and East Africa, and is taking an active role in undertaking transformative work in the region. He has attained his postgraduate degree in Economics and has over 15 years of experience in climate change, disaster management and development, and has attended strategic trainings and short-term courses on project planning, monitoring and evaluation, disaster risk management, public policy, and data science.
Mark Mackey SJ
Mark Mackey SJ is a Jesuit brother in formation currently serving as a lecturer in the School of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago. Mark published his first ecology research 13 years ago, but since joining the Jesuits has become more interested in the overlap between spirituality and ecology- a focus of his most recent Masters in Christian Spirituality. In addition to teaching, Mark works with the Loyola Jesuit community, the UMI Jesuit province, the US and Canada conference, and with Ecojesuit globally to help in the promotion of the Jesuit’s Apostolic Preference in Caring for Our Common Home.
Gabriel Lamug-Nañawa SJ
Gabriel Lamug-Nañawa SJ has been missioned to Cambodia since 2005. After studies in the governance of natural resources, he started the Ecology Program of Jesuit Service Cambodia in 2013. Over the years, the Ecology Program has built close relations with a number of local communities in Cambodia that are focused on forest protection and ecological regeneration. Their present programs are moving towards food security, permaculture and agroecology, especially during this time of the pandemic. At present he is the coordinator of Reconciliation with Creation of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific.
Victor Reyes is the Communications Coordinator of Canadian Jesuits International (CJI). He represents CJI on the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) and is involved in CNCA’s advocacy campaign for mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence (mHREDD) legislation. Prior to working for CJI, he was part of an initiative to foster better relationships between First Nations and environmental NGOs in the Boreal region in Canada. He also worked for WWF-Philippines and was involved in livelihood support for local fishing communities. He has over 20 years’ experience as an educator, facilitator and communications specialist. Victor holds an MES in Environmental Engineering from the University of Melbourne.
Lucy Gillingham is the International Programmes Officer of Jesuit Missions UK. She studied History and Politics of the Americas at Warwick and then completed a masters in Latin American Politics at UCL, writing her master’s thesis on the gender politics of Pope Francis. As the International Programmes Officer, Lucy helps coordinate project initiatives all over the globe.
Telmo Olascoaga Michel
Telmo Olascoaga Michel is an Ecology Officer at the Jesuit European Social Centre in Brussels. He holds a Double BA in Law and Business Management from the University of Deusto and a Double Master’s Degree in International Relations and International Political Economy from King’s College London. Passionate about the intersection between the imperatives of sustainability, human rights law, international economics and EU policy, Telmo focuses on political economy regimes through the prism of transnational justice and ecology.
Fala Valery Ngong SJ
Fala Valery Ngong SJ from Cameroon works as the Communications Coordinator at the Social Justice & Ecology for the Society of Jesus in Rome since October 2020. He has attained a Master’s degree in Philosophy with a great interest in the Philosophy of Nature, whereas his interest in nature is intertwined with anthropological questions. Valery’s involvement in the Jesuit social apostolate is animated by the conviction that social justice and ecology are two pillars for integral human development. He is also very passionate about learning and working in these two domains for a more just and reconciled world.
Dr. Mark Hathaway
Mark Hathaway, PhD is an author, educator, and researcher with experience in both Canada and Latin America. He works as the Executive Director of the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice, based in Toronto, Canada. Mark is the principal author of The Tao of Liberation: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation (Orbis, 2009 – written with Leonardo Boff) which integrates perspectives from economics, ecology, social justice, spirituality, and post-modern cosmology to seek a transformative pathway towards sustainability. Mark teaches courses on food and sustainability at the University of Toronto and courses on transformative ecological learning with the Earth Charter’s sustainability education center.
Efa Ravelonantoandro is a young environmental activist. He graduated from the University of Antananarivo in 2015 with a degree in Chemistry and from the University of Bordeaux in 2017 with a degree in Environmental Impact Assessment. In 2017, he served as a Program Officer in Charge of Research at the Centre Arrupe Madagascar where he had the opportunity to organize activities related to environmental protection. Since 2019, he serves as the Program officer on Environment and Sustainable Development. Head of the LIFEE project, he conducts activities such as trainings, advocacy and research, in collaboration with UKJM. Efa participated in online climate change trainings by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and in Trainings of Young Leaders Fighting Climate Change by FES Madagascar that formed him into a climate activist.
Colm joined Jesuit Missions UK in November 2020 as an intern. He studied History at Royal Holloway, University of London and has since completed a masters at King’s College London, writing thesis’s both on Indian and African decolonization. He first encountered the Jesuits at school and acted as a Catholic society president at university.
Mateusz Ciasnocha is a third-generation farmer involved in a 700ha regenerative family farm business operating in northern Poland on a mission of putting farmers at the centre of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts in order to transform food systems from conventional to regenerative with farmers at the centre.
Mateusz is actively involved in the work of the UNFCCC’s COP26 – Climate Champions, where he is the Regenerative Agriculture Fellow, the Economy of Francesco’s Agriculture and Justice Village, where he co-facilitates work of the Startup Stream focused on developing network of regenerative demo farms, as well as EIT Food, where he manages Regenerative Agriculture Program in Poland.
Sylvia Miclat is currently the Executive Director of the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC), a Jesuit environmental research and training organization in the Philippines that promotes environmental sustainability and social justice through the integration of scientific methodologies and social processes. She also serves as Assistant Coordinator of the Reconciliation with Creation program of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific, promoting integral ecology and encouraging local and regional ecological action amongst Jesuit institutions and partners. This regional work relates to the global ecology network of Jesuits and partners, Ecojesuit, where Sylvia also assists in managing Ecojesuit online.
Maria Cecilia De Jesus
Maricel de Jesus serves as creative communications specialist in Ecojesuit’s communications team.
Raiza is an artist and storyteller who currently works as Communications Production Support for Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC). She produces video and graphics content, and designs publications and websites documenting the work of Ecojesuit, ESSC, River Above Asia Oceania Ecclesial Network (RAOEN), and Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center. Raiza coordinates the On the Way to Change global community pilgrimage to COP26, in collaboration with Balay Laudato Si’, Casa Velha, and CVX-CLC. She also contributes in managing Ecojesuit Online.
Angel Ermie Lord Malibunas
Angel Ermie Lord “Gel” Malibunas is a Program Development Assistant for Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC), an indigenous school in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines. Gel is directly working with Pedro Walpole in program documentation, coordination, and implementation for Farm, Forest, and Leadership in the Margins (FFLM), a unit of APC. He also assists with communications for Ecojesuit and River Above Asia Oceania Ecclesial Network (RAOEN).
Prior to joining APC, Gel was a missionary-in-formation in an international religious catholic congregation where he developed his interest in mission works and education. He was also an instructor in Senior High School, teaching Philosophy, Religion, and Social Sciences.
Mary Criselle Mejillano
Mary Criselle B. Mejillano is a Project and Knowledge Management Associate for the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) and Network Secretariat Support for the Ecojesuit global network. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning and Management: Major in Urban Planning and Green Architecture in 2019 from Miriam College and graduated as Cum Laude. She then received her Master’s degree in Environmental Planning in 2021. For the past two years, she has played an active role in providing support for the coordination & implementation of ESSC programs, alongside supporting the Secretariat of the Ecojesuit Network.
Gloria Amor Paredes
Amor is an environmental education specialist with grounded experience in accompanying local and indigenous communities in pursuing culture-based multilingual education, youth training and leadership, and agroforestry efforts. She collaborates primarily with other young leaders not only from local communities where she works but also with youth from other regions through the networks she is part of, including One Young World, Ecojesuit, and the River Above Asia Oceania Ecclesial Network (RAOEN).
Amor helps design and facilitate dialogues and discussions about the challenges and opportunities in environmental education and community-based solutions. She also develops curricula and courses that bring deeper awareness and encourage commitment towards ecological stewardship.
Rowena accompanies the growth of networks working to jointly address the social and ecological challenges of our time. She helps institutions design, implement and evaluate programs and projects focused on various aspects of sustainable development especially in rural environments. Rowena currently serves as the Director for Programs Development of Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) while helping run the secretariats for Ecojesuit and the River Above Asia and Oceania Ecclesial Network (RAOEN).