The Co-Chairs

Beverly Longid

Co-Chair, Governance

Longid served as global representative of CPDE’s Indigenous Peoples sector, a human rights activist from the Philippines, also serves as the Global Coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL).

Prior to becoming CPDE Co-chair, Longid has already served several key positions in numerous indigenous peoples (IP) formations at the national, regional, and global levels. She is a council member of SANDUGO, a national movement of national minorities for self-determination, as well as Coordinator of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy (AIPNEE).

She has been vigorously putting forward sectoral issues and concerns in different international engagements such as the United Nations processes on IP and human rights, Universal Periodic Review, among others.

Rosa Belen Agirregomezkorta Ibarluzea

Co-Chair, Communications

She is the Executive Director of the Centro de Estudios e Investigación sobre Mujeres (CEIM) / Centre for Women’s Studies and Research, based in Spain, participating in the Feminist Group and the Conflict and Fragility Working Group.

Graduated on Politic Sciences and Sociology, she has a long experience in human rights, development and humanitarian action from a feminist perspective.

She has represented her organisation in various networks and coalitions including the Women in Development Europe (WIDE) network, and the DAC-CSO Reference Group. Engaged in global processes in CSW, Beijing and GPEDC High Level Meetings in Mexico and Nairobi, the DAC Recommendation on Ending Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment in Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Assistance as well as related to 1325UNSCR in OSCE processes. Also monitoring public policies and the implementation of international commitments (CEDAW, Istanbul Convention, Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and UNSCR1325), co-founding the CEDAW-Istanbul-Beijing Platform and launching shadow reports in Spain.

Marita Gonzalez

Co-Chair, Membership

Marita is a member of the General Confederation of Labor of the Argentine Republic. She has worked as a representative of CPDE’s Labour sector through the Trade Union for Development Cooperation Network (TUDCN) of ITUC – International Trade Union Confederation, and was later elected as regional representative for the Southern Cone of Latin America and the Caribbean.

A union activist in development cooperation issues since 2008, she leads the Argentina Platform for the Monitoring of the 2030 Agenda in Argentina (PAMPA 2030), which brings together union sectors, NGO platforms, indigenous, academia, feminists, environmentalists, and human rights movements. She has also led the alliance between workers’ sectors and human rights organizations in the Workers for Memory, Truth and Justice Program, which advances social justice in the face of military dictatorships in the Southern Cone. She is a strong voice on matters of transparency and accountability of the private sector engagement in development and civil society participation in the processes of South-South Cooperation, among others, with focus on the 2030 Agenda.

Justin Kilcullen

Co-Chair, Program and Finance

Kilcullen brings to CPDE his decades-long experience in fighting injustice and poverty, and organising CSOs around the cause of human rights and sustainable development. He was programme officer for Africa and Laos at the Irish Catholic agency for overseas development Trocaire, before serving as its executive director for 20 years. An architect by training, he used to build camps for Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees as Trocaire Laos representative, and also received an award from the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland for his work on earthquake resistant housing in El Salvador. He is a past President of CIDSE, an international alliance of Catholic development organisations in Europe and North America, adviser to the Pontifical council Cor Unum, the Vatican body that coordinates the charitable work of the Catholic Church, and vice-president of Concord, the confederation of over 1,500 European development NGOs.

Richard Ssewakiryanga

Co-Chair, Policy

Ssewakiryanga is the former Executive Director of the Uganda National NGO Forum and a former co-chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP). He is also a Policy Anthropologist who has helped formulate national poverty reduction strategies and shape international discussions of development cooperation and effectiveness.

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