The Bureau Committee of Global Home for Indigenous Peoples are composed of following founding members
Brijlal Chaudhari (He/Him)- Co-founder President
Brij was raised by my multi-generational Tharu family (Tharu people are the second-largest Indigenous group in Nepal and are Indigenous to the Southern foothills of the Himalayas where the Rhinos and the Elephants roamed freely). He carries his grandfather’s and mother’s teachings of simplicity, patience, respect, kindness, compassion, equity, justice, diplomacy, leadership, customary laws/governance, and love for all beings. These gifts have helped him navigate diverse spaces and have lived and worked around the world.
Brij has 15+ years of professional experience leading social justice programs and organizations. Prior to founding Global Home for Indigenous People, he worked at an Indigenous organization in Canada. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California. He is also an advisor to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) Member, Asia Representative. Additionally, he was selected as Jeanne Sauvé Fellow, Canada (a Leadership Fellowship) in 2015.
Phoolman Chaudhary (He/Him)- Co-founder Vice-president
Phoolman is a well known international delegate in the field of human rights and passionate about advocacy on human rights and well being of Indigenous Peoples and Minority Groups. Born in western plain district of Nepal, Dang, he holds executive positions of repute in various organizations. At present, Phoolman serves as a Member of the Global Steering Committee of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum at the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). He also serves as Consultant Advisor to Unison for People’s Alliance (UPA) in Nepal, an organization that advocates for indigenous peoples rights and to build the capacity of indigenous peoples to address the challenges facing their respective communities. In the past, he has served as an Indigenous Fellow with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland.
For over two decades, Phoolman has been a key player of the indigenous peoples’ movement in Nepal on the issues of Indigenous Peoples’ rights. He previously worked for Adam Smith International, UK (Consultant), Local Governance and Community Development Program (LGCDP) for the Ministry of Federal Affair and Local Development of Nepal (Resource Person), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Senior Program Coordinator). He is enriched with 10+ years’ experiences as a Theme Leader for Nepal National Social Welfare Association in the past. Phoolman as name suggests is a peaceful, calm and charming human being and has ability to thrive in tough conditions. He possesses excellent negotiation skills, coordination and diplomacy at international arena.
Anil Chaudhary (He/Him)- Co-founder Secretary
Anil Chaudhary is an Indigenous Tharu from a beautiful plain land of eastern southern region of Nepal. Anil spent childhood remaining close to nature at his birthplace and later moved to the capital, Kathmandu to pursue education. With 12+ years of professional experiences in a wide range of sectors and different international organizations on his bag, he has a wealth of knowledge and skills and is an expert in managing development projects and non-profit interventions along with research studies. He has traveled to 15+ countries across different continents and worked in Nepal, Tanzania, Peru and the USA.
He is trained professional evaluator and development researcher with a proven track record of leading/co-leading evaluations and surveys of large sets in his past professional engagements in reputed international organizations and consultancies. He has worked in diverse sectors such as food security, economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, sexual and reproductive health, DRR, humanitarian response, education, and indigenous issues and rights. He is a graduate with an advanced master’s degree in development evaluation and management from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He was also awarded the Atlas Corps Fellowship in the USA in 2020. Anil is English-Nepali bilingual and a Spanish beginner. He enjoys working with data and transforms data for good social causes. Anil has been an advisor to the Asia representative of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from early 2021.
Charlotte Boixel (She/Her) – Co-founder Treasurer
Born and raised in France, Charlotte is professional administrative and management professional.