Worawan (“Wora”) coordinates ERI’s case campaigning and initiatives relevant to Thai Outbound Investments in the Mekong region such as coal mining, dams and special economic zones. Her work includes supporting communities to assert their rights against human rights violations around dam cases in Cambodia and Myanmar. 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 frameworks such as UN Business and Human Rights and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent, as well as the principle of public participation. Her experiences included supporting communities to strategize case campaigns against destructive projects such as dam and coal, 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.