PPI Steering Committee

PPI's Steering Committee is involved in the day-to-day management of the organisation, providing general oversight of its activities and charting its direction.


Miguel Alexiadesco-director of PPI, has conducted research in Amazonian ethnobotany, ethnoecology, community health and medicinal plants since 1985. He has collaborated extensively with the regional indigenous federation of Madre de Dios, Peru, working as a facilitator and trainer, and carrying out applied research. Much of his research and applied work has revolved around Ese Eja land and resource rights in the border areas of Peru and Bolivia. Since 2004 he has been advising the Ese Eja on the use of digital mapping and video technology to document and uphold knowledge and rights linked to their cultural landscapes and ancestrally occupied lands. For a selected list of Miguel's publications, click here.



Sarah Laird, co-director of PPI, works on forest and biodiversity conservation, and traditional resource rights. Part of her current work involves researching and developing trade and policy tools to promote sustainability and equity in the commercial use of genetic and biological resources, including policy growing from the Convention on Biological Diversity and national access and benefit-sharing measures. Sarah also undertakes and manages research and applied projects on non-timber forest products and traditional forest management systems, primarily in Africa. Since 1995, she has collaborated on ethnobiological research and knowledge exchange programs with local communities around Mt Cameroon. For a selected list of Sarah's publications, click here.



Citlalli Lopez  is an anthropologist working with CITRO, the Centro de Investigaciones Tropicales, a research center at the  University of Veracruz, Mexico.  She specializes on the socio-cultural, organizational and institutional aspects relating to the use and ma  nagement of forest and agroforestry systems, especially in the context of production of handicrafts. A long-term PPI Program Associate, Citlalli has helped to develop the Knowledge Exchange Program from its inception and is responsible for monitoring and evaluating PPI's Returning Results outputs and practices. In addition she currently manages two PPI projects in Mexico, Production and managment of 'Jonote' (Trema micrantha) for artisanal bark paper manufacture, Puebla and Strengthening resource management training programs within indigenous universities. For a list of Lopez's publications, click here.



Patricia Shanley has thirty years of experience in temperate and tropical research and education, specifically on non-timber forest products (NTFPs). During the past twenty years she has worked with forest-based communities in the eastern Amazon, concentrating on the impacts of logging on locally valued non-timber fruit and medicinals and the comparative economic value of timber and non-timber species for rural communities. Patricia is currently a research associate at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia, as well as Program Director at Woods and Wayside International.  For a list of Patricia's publications, click here.