The Trust

Team

Team

The Board of Trustees is drawn from a wide range of backgrounds including the media, anthropology and academia headed up by Jean-Paul Mertinez.

Alan Ereira

Alan Ereira

Founder/Chair

Alan Ereira is a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David.  He is the producer/director of two documentary films with the Kogi, the author of a book about the making of the first film and the founder of the Trust.

 

 

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Jean-PaulMertinez

Jean-Paul Mertinez

Board Member

Jean-Paul is a London based film producer who worked with Alan on ALUNA.  Having been inspired by the message of the Kogi he looks to incorporate environmental,  indigenous and socially aware values in the films he is making today as well as working as Chair of the Trust.

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Luci Attala

Luci Attala

BOARD MEMBER

Luci Attala is an award-winning anthropologist who received her PhD from Exeter University. Her ethnographic work in Kenya, Spain and Wales  attends to how water’s physical behaviours actively shape people’s lives. Luci’s work counters the environmental violence and domination that human exceptionalist perspectives produce by providing an alternative eco-sensitive lens with which to view the other-than-human agents we all live with.  She co-edits the Materialities in Archaeology and Anthropology series with University of Wales Press.

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FelicityNock

Felicity Nock

Board Member

Felicity Nock accompanied Alan Ereira on his exploratory visit to the Sierra Nevada and assisted in the production of ‘From the Heart of the World’. Inspired by the Kogi message, she joined the Trust at its foundation. Felicity has travelled extensively in Latin America and recently visited the Kogi in Colombia with the Trust. 

 

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FalkParra

Falk Parra

Board Member

Colombian-German anthropologist Falk Parra Witte obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge based on long-term fieldwork on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. His research seeks better understanding of Kogi ecology as a complex way of being and knowing organised by life-giving cosmological principles. Falk hopes that communication and collaboration between indigenous and scientific knowledge can encourage sounder ecological dispositions.

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JanetWilson

Janet Wilson

Board Member

Janet Wilson is the administrator for the Trust. She drafts copy for the website and newsletters,  deals with correspondence, arranges meetings and keeps records of income and expenditure.  She also helps organise screenings and other events. Previously she worked as an HR Manager in the media.

 

 

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ColetteThomson

Colette Thomson

Board Member

Colette joined the board in 2017. She is the founder of Footstep Productions, a company specialising in education programmes.  Colette is a Spanish speaker and has a keen interest in Colombia and Latin America.

 

 

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PetraGomersall

Petra Gomersall

Board Member

Petra Gomersall is a consultant in philanthropy, nonprofit legal and financial management and fundraising. She has a Master in Law from Charles University in Prague and is a member of the England & Wales Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Petra’s passion is learning from indigenous cultures about the principles of ecology and sustainable landscape management, studying recent scientific papers, and finding parallels between the ancient and modern paradigms through the understanding the life-giving medium of water and our relation to it.

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WadeDavis

Wade Davis

Board Member

Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. He has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” In recent years his work has taken him from East Africa to the high Arctic of Nunuvut and Greenland.

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GrahamTownsley

Graham Townsley

Board Member

With a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, he started his career working as an anthropologist on ethnographic films for the BBC. Films: “The Shaman and his Apprentice” based on his own fieldwork with a tribe of the Peruvian Amazon. He was also involved with the making of “From the Heart of the World”.

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In Their Own Words

In the beginning there were no animals, no plants.  Only the Sea.  The sea was the Mother. The Mother was not the people, she was not anything at all.  She was when she was, spirit.  She was memory and possibly, she was aluna. 

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