Worawan (“Wora”) works with EarthRights International’s Alumni Network on campaigning and building their capacity on campaigning strategies relevant to development issues such as mining and hydropower projects. Prior joining ERI, Wora worked on extractive industry policy advocacy with Oxfam America and supporting civil society coalition building for mining campaigns in Cambodia to help communities assert their legal rights over natural resources. Later on, her work with Oxfam Australia involved capacity building for civil society and river networks in the Mekong and Salween river regions for advocacy and inclusive water governance, promoting the rights of dam affected communities to participate in project planning and decision-making. She coordinated the capacity building program for Mekong communities and CSOs on legal framework such as UN Business and Human Rights and Free-Prior-and-Informed Consent, as well as the principle of public participation. Her experiences included designing a water governance curriculum, teaching rights-based approaches and international mechanisms in mining and hydropower advocacy.
Wora’s passion is to co-power communities affected by development projects to assert their rights and demand for justice. She has lived and worked in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Australia and Thailand. She speaks Thai, Laos and basic Khmer. Wora has a PhD in Development Geography from the University of Sydney, NSW Australia.