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About Habitat Pro

Habitat Pro Association is a Quechua founded and led non-governmental organization committed to the rights of Indigenous peoples.

To insure the inclusion of Indigenous peoples’ perspectives and priorities in all UN fora policy discussions.

To preserve biodiversity in accordance with traditional knowledge and protocol.

Our Work

We host annual side events at the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

We sponsor global Indigenous representatives to attend United Nations fora, give floor interventions, and participate in side and parallel events as part of our delegation.

We partner with the Huanchaco Fishermen Association and local educational institutions throughout Peru.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”52px”][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/wwDXSWQUJUU”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” content_placement=”middle” el_id=”boardMembers” css=”.vc_custom_1496367844569{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 45px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1496346884476{margin-bottom: 25px !important;}”][vc_separator el_width=”60″ css=”.vc_custom_1496368008030{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” content_placement=”middle” el_id=”teamMembers” css=”.vc_custom_1496367855182{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 45px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Our Collective” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator el_width=”60″ css=”.vc_custom_1496367999134{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_row_inner equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” css=”.vc_custom_1498020166313{margin-top: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]




Gladys Silva is a professional educator and psychologist. She works as a Professor of Foreign Languages at the school of Graduate students of Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima.

She has been a constant member of various international conferences such as the Commission on the Status of Women, the UN Conference on Sustainable development, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Congress of Land Management Plan, and the Meeting of Latin American Geographers.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]MANUEL IBANEZ, Vice President

Manuel is an award winning Quechua filmmaker. Manuel is a certified cinema director from the Hollywood Film Institute and Inca Garcilaso De La Vega University. He has volunteered and worked for UNTV, CUNYTV, and NETWORKGLOBAL COMPANIES and has several US television credits.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” css=”.vc_custom_1498020166313{margin-top: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”2/12″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]   BETTINA ESCAURIZA

Born in Asuncion, Paraguay, Bettina Escauriza is a filmmaker, artist, and writer based in Philadelphia. Her work engages with Indigenous knowledge (specifically Guaraní epistemologies), colonization, anarchism, autonomous practices, and exile. The main focus of her work is the reclamation and preservation of Indigenous cultural heritage as a critical component for sustainable development. She is currently working on a film about pohã ñana the medicinal plant culture of Paraguay based on ancestral Guarani knowledge. Her mission as a filmmaker is to create works that represent Indigenous People and People of Color in their full complexity, moving beyond collective cultural experiences of pain and loss, and re-centering the narrative to bring to light defiance and joy.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]   KEIRA ANDERSON

Keira grew up in the northwest corner of Connecticut. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Literature and a minor in Fine Arts from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Québec, Canada and a Master of Arts in Literary Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Her MA thesis, titled “Paper Planes: Textual Travel and Transnational Dialogue in Selected Essays by Thomas King”, is focused on the connection between narrative and sovereignty for Indigenous Peoples in North America. She is a 2015 alumna of the Indigenous Studies Summer Program in Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Policy at Columbia University and a 2017 alumna of the Dialogo Global: Decolonizing Knowledge and Power summer school at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Keira serves as a session chair in the “American Indian Literatures and Cultures” field of the Popular and American Culture Association’s annual national conference. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]


Kalvin (Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa) is from northern Michigan. A filmmaker, Kalvin recently produced the inspiring short film on Indigenous issues, “This Is Who I Am,” which is currently licensed by the National Film Board of Canada. He also serves as an Enaagide’enmad Shkakimikwen Inini / Environmental and Energy Issues Organizer for We the People – Michigan. Kalvin earned an MA in International Relations from Yale University, with foci in Indigenous Rights and Indigeneity. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from Concordia University of Montreal, where he focused on Film and Media Production.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Board Members



Alfredo is an economist-engineer he has studied at the National Engineering University. He is a certified public accountant from the Federico Villarreal National University, and an attorney from the Alas Peruanas University.

Alfredo has a professional experience working as an import assistant at the Industrial Filaments S.A. Company. Currently he is working at the General Accounting office as an auditor.



Rocio Castillo is a professional graduated in Education from Federico Villarreal National University In 2008, she studied Master´s in University Teaching at the same university.

She also has a Diploma of specialization in teaching Spanish to speakers of other languages from Pontifical Catholic University. She studied English at ICPNA and holds the TKT certification from Cambridge University.

She is an experienced English Teacher at primary, secondary and at National San Marcos National University. She also has extensive knowledge of modern methodologies for teaching English or Spanish as a Second Language as well as criteria for the development of training materials and necessary to develop the learning session at any level activities.



Dux Supo has a Bachelor’s degree in geography at National University of San Marcos, Lima. Dux is member of the academic circle “Geographic Research Center and Projection”, which has been carrying out projects in rational use of natural resources and sustainable development.

Dux has experience in gathering data survey, topographic survey and processing of digital information in GIS software’s; skill in the application of participatory methodologies, excellent interpersonal grade of sociability, ability to work in a team or individually; high grade of discipline, and a strong capacity of field observation.

He is also an active supporter of Indigenous People’s rights, and concern about Climate Change, Desertification and Sustainable Development issues around the planet.



Luis worked in documental photography projects in Peru and worked closely with the Andean and forest communities. He taught them to use photography for their local projects for preserving their identity and also as a tool for empowerment. Luis has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media from Inca Garcilaso de la Vega University, Lima.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]


Dr. Kovaleva is a project management professional with over ten years of experience managing large international and global projects for both private and public sector. Working for UNESCO from 2012 to 2014 she managed a project empowering local communities with radio and new digital technologies.

She is also an active supporter of women’s and youth’s rights around the world. Polina has degrees in Journalism and Marketing and has recently defended her PhD in Media and Communications.



Marcos Bizarro has a Bachelor’s degree in geography at National University of San Marcos, Lima. He is president of the academic circle “Geographic Research Center and Projection” (GRCP).

He has fieldwork experience in environmental monitoring, GIS management with emphasis on Geography, Cartography, Mapping. Also Marcos has been managing projects in private corporations and public institutions working as a director in Latin American Organization of Security SAC and as an assistant in Planning Institute of Lima.

He is also an active supporter of Indigenous People’s rights, and concern about Climate Change, Desertification and Sustainable Development issues around the planet.

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Polina Kovaleva, PhD, Strategic Program Manager

Maria Pia Micheli, Spanish Translator

Irena Mairena, Graphic Designer

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Yunfei Xiang, Video Editor

Ahmadreza Maddi, Web Development Consultant

Bianca Avila, Communications Manager