Joji Cariño


Senior Policy Adviser, Forest Peoples Programme

Joji Cariño began work as an activist and analyst of indigenous peoples' issues in her native Philippines, focusing on dams projects in the Cordillera region. Over 25 years she has worked as an active campaigner and advocate of indigenous peoples' human rights at community, national and international levels.

She was Executive Secretary of the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests and served as Commissioner on the World Commission on Dams, which conducted a global review of the development effectiveness of dams. She was also Policy Advisor and European Desk Coordinator of Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples International Centre for Policy, Research and Education), and Director of the Forest Peoples Programme.