Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Chair
An Environmentalist and Human Rights Activist, Ms. Dillon-Ridgley has worked for more than thirty years on the environment and issues of sustainability, gender and corporate social responsibility, both domestically and internationally. She is Executive Director of the Women's Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF).
Diana Ponce-Nava, Vice Chair
Ms. Ponce-Nava's career as a lawyer has been focused on environmental concerns both for her country and internationally. From 2007 through January 2011, she served as the Environment and Land Use Ombudsperson of Mexico City. From 2005 to 2007 she served as a Regional Advisor for UNEP on Biosafety and served as a Policy Adviser to the Executive Director of UNEP in Kenya.
Ms. Djiraibe is founder and chief attorney of the Public Interest Law Center. She has been a relentless organizer of the local efforts and is a spokesperson for those who were afraid to speak out against the human rights and environmental impacts of the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline project. She was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 2004.
Mr. Kaniaru is Managing Partner at Kaniaru & Kaniaru Advocates in Nairobi, Kenya and former Director in the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation at UNEP where he worked in different capacities for three decades. Currently he serves as Special Advisor to the Executive Director of UNEP.
Tony La Viña is currently Dean of the Ateneo School of Government, taking this position in 2006 when he returned to the Philippines after an eight year stint in a Washington DC environmental think tank, the World Resources Institute (WRI). From 1996-1998, he was the Undersecretary for Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines. He is co-founder of the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center – Friends of the Earth Philippines.
As Director of Programs for the Fund for Global Human Rights, Mr. Mattingly is responsible for oversight, coordination, and integration of human rights grant-making in six regions around the world. Since joining the Fund in 2005, Mr. Mattingly has managed grants programs for frontline groups based in Latin America, North Africa, and West Africa; coordinated an initiative to strengthen the capacity of Mexican activists to promote public policies that expand human rights protections; and developed the Fund's grant-making strategy to challenge rights abuses related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Katharine Redford is the co-Founder and US Office Director of EarthRights International (ERI), a non-profit group of activists and lawyers with expertise in human rights. She also serves as an adjunct professor of law at both UVA and the Washington College of Law at American University.
Terry F. Young, Ph.D.
Dr. Young is an Environmental Science Consultant who provides advice regarding ecological risk assessment, water quality, and science policy to the nonprofit and commercial sectors. She currently holds a gubernatorial appointment to the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board and is the Board’s Vice-Chair. Dr. Young also has served as a member of the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board, on committees of the National Research Council, and boards of environmental organizations.
Tatiana R. Zaharchencko, Ph.D.
Dr. Zaharchenko is a Scholar in Residence at the Environmental Law Institute.
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Through integrated efforts from the local to the global level, CIEL seeks to ensure that progress toward sustainable development is supported— and not undermined—by international economic laws, policies, and institutions.
“For many people on the
planet, unlike the vast majority
of Americans, there is
an intimate linkage between
the environment on which
indigenous populations depend
and their survival.
For them, their lifestyle, their customs, whether religious or subsistence agriculture, those things are really quite linked. CIEL recognized this, made the connection, and took it forward—integrating human rights law with environmental law. This is one of the great achievements of the organization.”
- Fred Anderson, Former Chair, CIEL Board of Trustees, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Washington, D.C.