Meet The Ambassadors

Our work is only possible with the support of our ambassadors. They are the faces of the movement and facilitate storytelling workshops to indigenous communities in the local spoken language. The workshops are empowering communities to tell first hand stories and use the content to document the unsustainable practices and use this content as a proof of evidence to reclaim their forest territories through judicial procedures.

Meet The Ambassadors

Our work is only possible with the support of our ambassadors. They are the faces of the movement and facilitate the geostorytelling workshops to Indigenous communities in the local spoken language. The workshops are empowering communities to tell first-hand stories through films and geospatial data and use this content as a proof of evidence to reclaim their forest territories through judicial procedures.

Filmmakers

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Kamikia Kisedje
Kynan Tegar
Yandeh Sallah-Muhammed

Trained as an Indigenous filmmaker through “Vídeo nas Aldeias”, Kamikia Kisedje became an Indigenous filmmaker using his online channels to document Indigenous movements and demonstrations in Brazil. Thanks to his wide participation in the Indigenous movement and his dedication on the issue of climate change, he has turned into a guide for several people and apprentice filmmakers, providing audio-visual workshops across the country. His career as photographer, cinematographer and video editor has taken him through different regions of Brazil and the world, following Indigenous movements and activists. He is now working as a filmmaker for “Associação Indígena Kisêdje” and “Associação Terra Indígena do Xingu”.

Kynan Tegar is a young filmmaker from the Dayak Iban community from Sungai Utik, West Kalimantan. He is homeschooled and makes films. He has pursued his passion for photography, videography, nature and learning the in-depth culture of the Iban people since a very young age. He has done this by living in the local traditional longhouse and learning about the ancestral knowledge from the adat leader Apay Janggut, who defended the community fiercely from illegal logging.

Yandeh Sallah-Muhammed  is a filmmaker based in The Gambia and a professional with over 10 years in the environmental conservation field and 6 years of focus in marine conservation, with a specific passion for shark conservation.  Yandeh uses these tools to spread knowledge and awareness in the Gambia as well with nature based solutions powered by Indigenous knowledge through the project of the Gambian Marine and Environmental Conservation Initiative that uses  free and affordable educational programs to be able to share knowledge on these themes as well as physically immerse within these landscapes to fully grasp the effects of climate change and environmental degradation due to exploitation of natural resources.

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Ibtisem Ben Nassib
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Nádia Pontes

Ibtisem Ben Nassib is a modern-day Scheherazade and a firm believer in the power of storytelling. She is inspired by everyday life and personal experiences. Of mixed heritage, she’s culturally diverse in her understanding and appreciation towards the world around her. An award-winning filmmaker with a strong love for people and nature, she aspires to produce narratives that impact the world in a positive and empowering way. Her work has been featured globally from HBO to MTV Africa. She is currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and continuously strives to create stories with people from all walks of life through her production company Red Sahara.

Todd Southgate is an award-winning environmental filmmaker with over 25 years filming and producing video shorts and feature documentaries which chronicle the many ecological conflicts and challenges faced by an ever burdened and plundered planet. Though Canadian, he has embraced Brazil as his home for over 20 years and focuses much of his filmmaking work on telling stories from the heart of the Amazon rainforest and working closely with Indigenous peoples, trying to bring awareness to just how important this forest is to the rest of the world.  Throughout his career, he has worked with Greenpeace, International Rivers, Conservative International, and James Cameron’s Avatar Alliance Foundation.

Nádia Pontes is a Brazilian journalist with 18 years of experience. She works as a correspondent for Deutsche Welle, a German public broadcaster, focusing on the Amazon rainforest, Indigenous peoples, environmental disasters and climate change. Her work as a correspondent led her to a variety of events, such as the scientific expedition to the area known as Amazon´s Reef, environmental disasters caused by mining activities in Minas Gerais state, the forest fires in the Amazon, and an Indigenous gathering organized by chief Raoni, the most important Indigenous leader in Brazil. Nadia received a variety of awards for her work as a journalist with the Rainforest Journalism Fund 2019, the Berlin Science Communication Award 2017, and the UNDP Storytelling Contest 2015 among others. 

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Tanin Kayvan
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Iman Nurhidayat

Tanin Kayvan is a photographer and environmentalist who advocates for Indigenous communities. Always looking to educate, observe, and challenge her own biases, she seeks discomfort and adventure. Her adventures have taken her across Asia and beyond where she has worked and traveled with various tribal and nomadic communities. At the heart of her work she strives to bridge the gap of separation through understanding. As a result she has collaborated with organizations who share the same vision such as the Jimmy Nelson Foundation and UNESCO. With a background in Anthropology, she will soon begin her studies in Documentary Practice at the International Center of Photography in New York. 

Iman is a filmmaker from Indonesia, interested in the lives of Indigenous communities and culture. He has covered a variety of topics on environmental issues, Indigenous tribes, and forest destruction. In addition to mastering the camera, Iman has also been involved as a sound man in several documentary film productions with Indonesia Nature Films Society, Cornel Lab of Ornithology and Hornbills Indonesia. Iman has broad experience in teaching the art of film to young Indigenous community members from Jayapura and Sorong among others.

Misha is an audio-visual storyteller whose work lies between documentary and art photography. In 2014, he completed his MA in Documentary Photography at the University of the Arts London. Among other distinctions, he won the 2020 Documentary Production Funds of the Ecuadorian Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Creation for his first documentary feature film. His editorial and personal work has been published in The New York Times Lens, VICE, GEO, Esquire and many others. He has given talks and workshops in photography and audiovisual storytelling in Latin America and Europe, a highlight of which was his participation at the 3rd Latin American Colloquium of Photography in Mexico City, 2018.

Geospatial Analysts

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José Mauricio de Camargo

José Mauricio is a Geographer from Brazil. He studies and works with thematic cartography, GIS systems and environmental consultancy since 1999. He holds a PhD in Geography. His research is focused on coastal geomorphology and evaluation of coastal environments using geo-technological tools. His academic training and professional experience took place in Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Spain and South Africa. His doctoral thesis was awarded at the International Coastal Symposium (ICS 2016, Australia) and he worked for the United Nations on projects about coastal risks in Brazil. He is currently an independent geographer, professor and teacher in geography and remote sensing. José uses his GIS mapping expertise to preserve the world's biodiversity and the rights of Indigenous peoples. 

Are you a geospatial analyst with a passion for Indigenous livelihood protection and are you based in either Africa, Southeast Asia or South America? We are looking for you! 

Environmental Lawyers

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Karen Machado
Fernanda Medeiros

Andrea is an Environmental Lawyer and works in sustainability and promotion of the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Brazilian public policies, to build a more balanced world. Andrea holds a PhD in Agronomy with an emphasis on Environmental Law. She was an Agricultural Engineer Director of the Licensing and Environment Department from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS/2012-2016). Currently she is a Coordinator of the Sustainability Office at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and Member of the Municipal Environmental Council of Porto Alegre in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (COMAM).

Fernanda holds a Postdoctoral and PhD in Environmental Law. She is a Lawyer and University Professor in Environmental Law and Animal Rights. She has been working as a lawyer in the environmental area for more than 20 years and developed activities in research and teaching for the protection of wild and domestic fauna. She is currently a member of the Environmental Law Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association (CDA/OABRS) and member of the Board of the Brazilian Union of Environment Lawyers (UBAA).

Karen is an Environmental Lawyer and holds a LLM in National and International Environmental Law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS/2017). She is currently the General Secretary of the Environmental Law Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB/RS/since 2019) and represents the Brazilian Bar Association/RS in the Technical Chamber of Legislation and Environmental Education of the Municipal Council of Porto Alegre/RS (2020-2021). She acts as a private attorney since 2005 focusing on Environmental Law and Environmental Compliance as an instrument of achievement, and with the purpose of allying with environmental protection and social and economic development.

Are you an environmental lawyer with a passion for Indigenous livelihood protection and are you based in either Africa, Southeast Asia or South America? We are looking for you!