Phrang Roy, Coordinator, TIP

Phrang has a history of grassroots work in Western India in 1971 navigating bureaucracy, discovering the role of women as indigenous knowledge holders. Whilst at the UN (IFAD) he explored innovative ways of reaching out to the rural poor and led agricultural and rural development projects and policy. He was selected in 2002 to be IFAD’s Assistant President and became the first indigenous person to be appointed to the level of Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. He then went on to join the Christensen Fund in 2007 that helped him discover his hidden interests in the ecology and biocultural diversity, before he took up the challenge of establishing TIP in Rome. Phrang is also Chairman of the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS), the Meghalaya Water Foundation and in the past served as a Member of the International Panel of Experts of Sustainable Food (IPES-Food), Member of the the Advisory Board for the Agroecology Fund, International Councillor for Slow Food International and Assistant President to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Phrang is supported by a long standing team of

  • Scientists
  • Strategic advisors
  • Researchers
  • Field experts
  • Consultants
  • Indigenous fellows
  • Volunteers

….that capture the same diversity and enthusiasm for the mission as TIP’s wider network .

Advisory Board Members

Toby Hodgkin,
Honorary Research Fellow at Bioversity International


Carlo Pterini, Founder, Slow Food

Alejandro Argumedo, Asociacion ANDES, Cusco, Peru

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director, Tebtebba

Michelle Pimbert, Honorary Research Associate, Centre for Agroecology & Food Security, University of Coventry (UK).

Hon. Ralph Ragenvanu, The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vanuatu

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