Member organisations of the International Land Coalition Asia virtually held the 2021 Regional Assembly on 11 and 12 November to elect their new representatives to two key governance bodies in the ILC: the Asia Steering Committee and the Global Council of the ILC.
The Asia Steering Committee (ASC) has an important role in ILC Asia's governance process and is mandated to support the Regional Coordination Unit with the day-to-day operations. The new ASC will assume its role for the next three years until 2024 and will support the implementation of the new ILC Strategy 2022-2030, identify key priorities, and support the drafting of ILC Asia annual work plans in line with the new Strategy objectives.
Two members of this Committee are also part of the ILC Global Council, where they are expected to carry the voice of ILC Asia as it is an important body responsible for the general governance of the Coalition that functions as a board of directors. The Council is made up of 16 members with diverse backgrounds.
The following is the composition of the ILC Asia Steering Committee 2022-2024:
Sumjidmaa has extensive experience in the field of rangeland management, having worked as a researcher at the Mongolian Society for Rangeland Management between 2011-2013, and for the Information and Research Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IRIMHE) and the Greengold project between 2013-2016. Sumjidmaa holds a MSc. from the National University of Mongolia and is currently a PhD student at the Agricultural University of Iceland.
Beverly Litdog Longid is an Igorot (Indigenous Peoples) belonging to the Bontok-Kankanaey people of the Mountain Province, Cordillera, Philippines. She is currently the international solidarity officer of Katribu, a national alliance of Indigenous Peoples organizations in the Philippines and executive council member of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), among others. An activist since high school, she has been subjected to several threats, harassment and intimidation due to her social involvement. Beverly is a grandmother and holds degrees in Psychology, English Literature, and Law.
Pallab Chakma is an indigenous rights activist from Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. Currently, he is working as Executive Director of Kapaeeng Foundation (KF), a leading indigenous peoples’ organisation of Bangladesh that works for the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples. Pallab has been working for indigenous peoples’ land rights for the last 14 years. He has a Master's in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the University of South Australia. Pallab will serve as one of the Global Council representatives from Asia.
Dewi Kartika is an agrarian activist who has been actively involved in various educational campaigns and people-based organizations. She joined the Konsorsium Pembaruan Agraria (KPA) in 2007, a populist organization in Indonesia that consistently strives for agrarian reform, consisting of 145 civil peasants organizations and NGOs. She received a scholarship to study agrarian transition at the Institute of Social Study (ISS), The Hague, Netherlands (2011). Dewi will serve as one of the Global Council representatives from Asia.