Our team & donors

Meet the Tenure Facility team, working from Stockholm and around the world to secure tenure for Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

Executive Director

Nonette Royo

Executive Director

Nonette Royo

Nonette joined the Tenure Facility as an Executive Director in October 2017, where she is in charge of the whole overseeing of the organization. Part of her job is procuring all stake-holders and helping further develop the organization. Nonette is a lawyer, a specialist for Indigenous Peoples, natural resources and land rights in South East Asia. Her work in Indonesia, the Philippines, and the South East Asia region, spans at least 25 years. She helped design and implement a people and biodiversity- ori-ented grants mechanism of the USAID’s Biodiversity Support Program-Kemala. Nonette is from the Philippines and has a bachelor’s degree in Law. When not working, Nonette enjoys being in nature.

Executive Director

Nonette Royo

Nonette joined the Tenure Facility as an Executive Director in October 2017, where she is in charge of the whole overseeing of the organization. Part of her job is procuring all stake-holders and helping further develop the organization. Nonette is a lawyer, a specialist for Indigenous Peoples, natural resources and land rights in South East Asia. Her work in Indonesia, the Philippines, and the South East Asia region, spans at least 25 years. She helped design and implement a people and biodiversity- ori-ented grants mechanism of the USAID’s Biodiversity Support Program-Kemala. Nonette is from the Philippines and has a bachelor’s degree in Law. When not working, Nonette enjoys being in nature.

Operations and Finance

Chief Operating Officer

Kristina Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer

Kristina Sandberg

Kristina joined the Tenure Facility in August 2019 as Chief Operating Officer. The Chief Operating Officer leads all operations (human resources, compliance, IT), financial administration, planning, and budgeting in addition to providing input to strategic planning and organizational growth, linking with donors and stakeholders. Kristina has more than twenty years of experience in management and leadership positions, she has gained a thorough knowledge of administration, staff management, and financial control, combined with international negotiations within the fields of environment, human rights, and sustainable development. Kristina is Swedish and has a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and an Executive Master of Finance degree. When not working, Kristina likes outdoor activities like skiing, skating and hiking in the forests. She also likes dancing reading good books and spending time with friends and family.

Office coordinator

Seba Sharestan

Office coordinator

Seba Sharestan

Seba Sharestan joined The Tenure Facility in April 2018 as an Office coordinator, she is responsible for Office Administration and supporting the management in HR, financial, planning and IT. Seba has 6 years of experience on, civil society, management and humanitarian responses in Syria. She worked at the United Nations high commissioner for refugees for four years in Syria, both protection and field departments. She served as a project manager during the conflict, coordinating more than 5 refugee’s influx with the government and humanitarian actors, including UN sectors. Seba is from Syria and has a bachelor’s degree in Law, and Executive Management Programme. When not working Seba enjoys, traveling, discovering new places and cultures, photography, music and nature.

Financial Manager

Hanna Rubensson

Financial Manager

Hanna Rubensson

Hanna joined The Tenure Facility in December 2018 as a Financial Controller. In her role, she is overall responsible for the financial planning, processes, routines and reporting regarding the Secretariat. Hanna also works with project controlling. Hanna has over 14 years of experience within finance. She started her career as an Approved Public Accountant working with a variety of companies within the private sector. Hanna has worked with internal audit, financial reporting, corporate finance, group consolidation and other qualified accounting matters. She has also worked as an interim CFO. Hanna is Swedish and has an MBA in Business Administration and Economics from Stockholm University. When not working Hanna enjoys outdoor activities and being out in nature.

Project Controller

Tonny Kirumira

Project Controller

Tonny Kirumira

Tonny joined the Tenure Facility on the 2nd of September 2019 as a Financial Controller. Before joining the Tenure Facility, he most recently worked for as a financial controller and programme manager at Sida. Some of his responsibilities included assessing the internal management and control mechanisms of partner organisations, review of agreements, evaluations, results and financial follow-up, and general programme management. The interest in land tenure and rural development was grounded early in Uganda while he served as a support officer to the Buganda Land Board and also when working with IT capacity building in Rwanda and Uganda. Tonny is Ugandan and has a Bsc in Business Administration, a MBA in Innovation and business creation and a Msc in strategic leadership and management from Universities in Uganda and Sweden.

Chief Operating Officer

Kristina Sandberg

Kristina joined the Tenure Facility in August 2019 as Chief Operating Officer. The Chief Operating Officer leads all operations (human resources, compliance, IT), financial administration, planning, and budgeting in addition to providing input to strategic planning and organizational growth, linking with donors and stakeholders. Kristina has more than twenty years of experience in management and leadership positions, she has gained a thorough knowledge of administration, staff management, and financial control, combined with international negotiations within the fields of environment, human rights, and sustainable development. Kristina is Swedish and has a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and an Executive Master of Finance degree. When not working, Kristina likes outdoor activities like skiing, skating and hiking in the forests. She also likes dancing reading good books and spending time with friends and family.

Office coordinator

Seba Sharestan

Seba Sharestan joined The Tenure Facility in April 2018 as an Office coordinator, she is responsible for Office Administration and supporting the management in HR, financial, planning and IT. Seba has 6 years of experience on, civil society, management and humanitarian responses in Syria. She worked at the United Nations high commissioner for refugees for four years in Syria, both protection and field departments. She served as a project manager during the conflict, coordinating more than 5 refugee’s influx with the government and humanitarian actors, including UN sectors. Seba is from Syria and has a bachelor’s degree in Law, and Executive Management Programme. When not working Seba enjoys, traveling, discovering new places and cultures, photography, music and nature.

Financial Manager

Hanna Rubensson

Hanna joined The Tenure Facility in December 2018 as a Financial Controller. In her role, she is overall responsible for the financial planning, processes, routines and reporting regarding the Secretariat. Hanna also works with project controlling. Hanna has over 14 years of experience within finance. She started her career as an Approved Public Accountant working with a variety of companies within the private sector. Hanna has worked with internal audit, financial reporting, corporate finance, group consolidation and other qualified accounting matters. She has also worked as an interim CFO. Hanna is Swedish and has an MBA in Business Administration and Economics from Stockholm University. When not working Hanna enjoys outdoor activities and being out in nature.

Project Controller

Tonny Kirumira

Tonny joined the Tenure Facility on the 2nd of September 2019 as a Financial Controller. Before joining the Tenure Facility, he most recently worked for as a financial controller and programme manager at Sida. Some of his responsibilities included assessing the internal management and control mechanisms of partner organisations, review of agreements, evaluations, results and financial follow-up, and general programme management. The interest in land tenure and rural development was grounded early in Uganda while he served as a support officer to the Buganda Land Board and also when working with IT capacity building in Rwanda and Uganda. Tonny is Ugandan and has a Bsc in Business Administration, a MBA in Innovation and business creation and a Msc in strategic leadership and management from Universities in Uganda and Sweden.

Project Controller

Agustín Depetris

Project Controller

Agustín Depetris

Agustin joined the Tenure Facility in August 2020 as a Project Controller. Agustin has over thirteen years work experience, ranging from financial controlling and modelling to managing grants for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the NGO Plan International Sweden. In over 5 years as Programme Policy Officer with WFP in Tunisia and Morocco, Agustin provided technical support, guidance and training to civil society partners on programme design, budgeting, monitoring, narrative and financial reporting. Agustin is from Argentina and communicates fluently in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, and has an intermediate level of Swedish. He holds a degree in Business Economics and is finalising an MSc in Sustainable Development from SOAS - University of London. Agustin likes to spend time with his two daughters, playing guitar, football and is also a fan of history and philosophy podcasts.

Project Controller

Facundo Carballido

Project Controller

Facundo Carballido

Facundo joined The Tenure Facility in August 2020 as a Financial Controller. Before joining the Tenure Facility, he worked as an internal auditor in the private sector for companies in Argentina. Some of his responsibilities included assessing the internal management and control mechanisms of partner organisations, perform risk assessments regarding financial management, evaluations, ensure compliance with relevant internal control regulations and financial follow-up. Facundo has more than 10 years of experience in the accounting and auditing sector. Facundo is Argentinian and has an bachelor’s degree as a Public Accountant from Buenos Aires University. When not working Facundo enjoys playing football

Project Controller

Agustín Depetris

Agustin joined the Tenure Facility in August 2020 as a Project Controller. Agustin has over thirteen years work experience, ranging from financial controlling and modelling to managing grants for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the NGO Plan International Sweden. In over 5 years as Programme Policy Officer with WFP in Tunisia and Morocco, Agustin provided technical support, guidance and training to civil society partners on programme design, budgeting, monitoring, narrative and financial reporting. Agustin is from Argentina and communicates fluently in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, and has an intermediate level of Swedish. He holds a degree in Business Economics and is finalising an MSc in Sustainable Development from SOAS - University of London. Agustin likes to spend time with his two daughters, playing guitar, football and is also a fan of history and philosophy podcasts.

Project Controller

Facundo Carballido

Facundo joined The Tenure Facility in August 2020 as a Financial Controller. Before joining the Tenure Facility, he worked as an internal auditor in the private sector for companies in Argentina. Some of his responsibilities included assessing the internal management and control mechanisms of partner organisations, perform risk assessments regarding financial management, evaluations, ensure compliance with relevant internal control regulations and financial follow-up. Facundo has more than 10 years of experience in the accounting and auditing sector. Facundo is Argentinian and has an bachelor’s degree as a Public Accountant from Buenos Aires University. When not working Facundo enjoys playing football

Programmes

Head of Programmes

Margareta Nilsson

Head of Programmes

Margareta Nilsson

Margareta Nilsson joined the Tenure Facility in August 2018. As the Head of Programmes, she leads the team responsible for the Tenure Facility’s project support, learning and knowledge development, including partnerships, grant management, monitoring and evaluation. Margareta has over 20 years of experience from international development cooperation in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Balkans, mostly in the fields of rights-based natural resource management, forestry and land tenure. She held various positions within policy/advocacy, programme management and communication, working as a free-lance consultant as well as in NGOs and major public institutions. Margareta is Swedish and has a master’s degree in forest ecology. When not working, she enjoys outdoor life, art and music.

Programme Officer

Cath Traynor

Programme Officer

Cath Traynor

Cath joined the Tenure Facility as one of the Programme Officers in August 2019. She supports grantees throughout the full project cycle including concept review, project appraisal, implementation and evaluation. She currently manages projects in Asia and Africa. Cath brings over 20 years of experience from the Global South, where her interests centered on utilizing rights-based approaches to support indigenous peoples and local communities engage effectively on climate change, conservation, and sustainable land use issues. Cath is South African and has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Environmental Science and a Doctoral degree in Ecology. When not working Cath loves connecting with nature through mountain biking, surfing and wild camping

Programme Officer

Gabriela Rodrigues Eklund

Programme Officer

Gabriela Rodrigues Eklund

Gabriela joined the Tenure Facility as one of the Programme Officers in June 2018. She is responsible for the management of grants being proposed or approved, including for guiding proponents through the grant application and implementation process, assessing concepts and proposals, and overseeing the implementation of grants. Gabriela has worked for 12 years with the design, oversight, and evaluation of projects aiming at securing land rights, with a strong focus on the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Gabriela is Brazilian and has a Maîtrise in Public Policy, a Masters in Environment and Development Policy and is working to complete a Ph.D. in Geographical Sciences. Gabriela is fluent in Portuguese, French, English, Spanish and Italian and is gradually learning Swedish.

Programme Officer

Ylwa Renström Svensson

Programme Officer

Ylwa Renström Svensson

Ylwa started at the Tenure Facility on the 19th of August 2019 in the role as Programme Officer in which she contributes to the programmes’ development. Ylwa has mostly worked in civil society organisations with international development coop-eration with and in African countries. Her focus during these last twenty years has been co-operation with partner organisations and programme development on women’s rights, cus-tomary law, legal aid, conflict resolution as well as natural resources rights. Ylwa is Swedish and has a bachelor’s degree in international law as well as a degree in French. When not working, Ylwa likes physical exercise such as yoga and jogging, likes to read and get new skills and enjoys being in and learning about nature.

Head of Programmes

Margareta Nilsson

Margareta Nilsson joined the Tenure Facility in August 2018. As the Head of Programmes, she leads the team responsible for the Tenure Facility’s project support, learning and knowledge development, including partnerships, grant management, monitoring and evaluation. Margareta has over 20 years of experience from international development cooperation in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Balkans, mostly in the fields of rights-based natural resource management, forestry and land tenure. She held various positions within policy/advocacy, programme management and communication, working as a free-lance consultant as well as in NGOs and major public institutions. Margareta is Swedish and has a master’s degree in forest ecology. When not working, she enjoys outdoor life, art and music.

Programme Officer

Cath Traynor

Cath joined the Tenure Facility as one of the Programme Officers in August 2019. She supports grantees throughout the full project cycle including concept review, project appraisal, implementation and evaluation. She currently manages projects in Asia and Africa. Cath brings over 20 years of experience from the Global South, where her interests centered on utilizing rights-based approaches to support indigenous peoples and local communities engage effectively on climate change, conservation, and sustainable land use issues. Cath is South African and has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Environmental Science and a Doctoral degree in Ecology. When not working Cath loves connecting with nature through mountain biking, surfing and wild camping

Programme Officer

Gabriela Rodrigues Eklund

Gabriela joined the Tenure Facility as one of the Programme Officers in June 2018. She is responsible for the management of grants being proposed or approved, including for guiding proponents through the grant application and implementation process, assessing concepts and proposals, and overseeing the implementation of grants. Gabriela has worked for 12 years with the design, oversight, and evaluation of projects aiming at securing land rights, with a strong focus on the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Gabriela is Brazilian and has a Maîtrise in Public Policy, a Masters in Environment and Development Policy and is working to complete a Ph.D. in Geographical Sciences. Gabriela is fluent in Portuguese, French, English, Spanish and Italian and is gradually learning Swedish.

Programme Officer

Ylwa Renström Svensson

Ylwa started at the Tenure Facility on the 19th of August 2019 in the role as Programme Officer in which she contributes to the programmes’ development. Ylwa has mostly worked in civil society organisations with international development coop-eration with and in African countries. Her focus during these last twenty years has been co-operation with partner organisations and programme development on women’s rights, cus-tomary law, legal aid, conflict resolution as well as natural resources rights. Ylwa is Swedish and has a bachelor’s degree in international law as well as a degree in French. When not working, Ylwa likes physical exercise such as yoga and jogging, likes to read and get new skills and enjoys being in and learning about nature.

Programme Officer

Samuel Munck

Programme Officer

Samuel Munck

Samuel started at the Tenure Facility on the 19th of August 2019 as a Programme Officer. Samuel has worked as former Deputy Head of the Karen National Union Economic Committee Secretariat and he led the Economic Committee Secretariat and coordinated with the Kawthoolei Land Committee, Environment Protection Committee, Mining and Forest Departments which work included programme development and management, institutional capacity building, a complaints mechanism for land, and the recognition of rights of local and indigenous peoples. This work takes him back to Myanmar for initiatives to develop joint agreements, and land dispute resolution mechanisms between and among the government of Myanmar, Kawthoolei Land Committee and investors/companies with local communities and development agencies. Samuel is Karen and Swedish. He has both undergraduate and master’s degrees in analytical finance and economics, in Sweden. When not working Samuel enjoys playing badminton, football and running and going to concerts.

Programme Officer

Eliana Galarza

Programme Officer

Eliana Galarza

Eliana joined the Tenure Facility in June 2019 as Programme Officer. She manages projects in Latin America and Africa. She collaborates with the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning component Having practical experience in project design, planning, implementation and oversight, and with a special focus on MEL, she applies her knowledge and experience to better serve our beneficiaries. Eliana has over 15 years of experience with international cooperation, working with sustainable development, forestry, smallholders, food security and poverty alleviation. Working at country, regional and global level, she has managed complex global programmes for UNDP and FAO, and has performed evaluations and quality assurance of policies, programmes and projects. Eliana is from Bolivia and holds a Master’s in Human Development and Food Security and a second Master’s in Project Management for Sustainable Development. When not working, Eliana enjoys music, dancing and being in nature.

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager

Raymond Achu Samndong

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager

Raymond Achu Samndong

Raymond joined the Tenure Facility in May 2018 as the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager. His key role is to develop and implement the Facility MEL system that will track and report on the results, progress and achievements of the Tenure Facility programmes. Raymond has worked as a consultant to many organisations including the World Bank, IIED, IUCN and Rainforest Foundation Norway, US Forest Service International Pro-gramme and Woods Hole Research Centre (WHRC). Raymond is from Cameroon and holds a Ph.D. in International Environment and Development Studies from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. When not working, Raymond loves cooking and dancing and is a very social person with excellent skills in building social relations and networking.

Programme Officer

Samuel Munck

Samuel started at the Tenure Facility on the 19th of August 2019 as a Programme Officer. Samuel has worked as former Deputy Head of the Karen National Union Economic Committee Secretariat and he led the Economic Committee Secretariat and coordinated with the Kawthoolei Land Committee, Environment Protection Committee, Mining and Forest Departments which work included programme development and management, institutional capacity building, a complaints mechanism for land, and the recognition of rights of local and indigenous peoples. This work takes him back to Myanmar for initiatives to develop joint agreements, and land dispute resolution mechanisms between and among the government of Myanmar, Kawthoolei Land Committee and investors/companies with local communities and development agencies. Samuel is Karen and Swedish. He has both undergraduate and master’s degrees in analytical finance and economics, in Sweden. When not working Samuel enjoys playing badminton, football and running and going to concerts.

Programme Officer

Eliana Galarza

Eliana joined the Tenure Facility in June 2019 as Programme Officer. She manages projects in Latin America and Africa. She collaborates with the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning component Having practical experience in project design, planning, implementation and oversight, and with a special focus on MEL, she applies her knowledge and experience to better serve our beneficiaries. Eliana has over 15 years of experience with international cooperation, working with sustainable development, forestry, smallholders, food security and poverty alleviation. Working at country, regional and global level, she has managed complex global programmes for UNDP and FAO, and has performed evaluations and quality assurance of policies, programmes and projects. Eliana is from Bolivia and holds a Master’s in Human Development and Food Security and a second Master’s in Project Management for Sustainable Development. When not working, Eliana enjoys music, dancing and being in nature.

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager

Raymond Achu Samndong

Raymond joined the Tenure Facility in May 2018 as the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager. His key role is to develop and implement the Facility MEL system that will track and report on the results, progress and achievements of the Tenure Facility programmes. Raymond has worked as a consultant to many organisations including the World Bank, IIED, IUCN and Rainforest Foundation Norway, US Forest Service International Pro-gramme and Woods Hole Research Centre (WHRC). Raymond is from Cameroon and holds a Ph.D. in International Environment and Development Studies from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. When not working, Raymond loves cooking and dancing and is a very social person with excellent skills in building social relations and networking.

Strategic Communications and Outreach

Head of Strategic Communications and Outreach

Paula Alvarado

Head of Strategic Communications and Outreach

Paula Alvarado

Paula Alvarado joined the Tenure Facility in August 2018. As Head of Strategic Communications and Outreach she is responsible for the foundation’s overall communications strategy, outreach initiatives within projects, support for Learning and Knowledge development and sharing narratives that bring our partners' stories to a global audience. Paula has over 25 years of international policy, strategic and operational experience on human rights, sustainable development, public health, the environment and humanitarian responses in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Paula is Peruvian and has a bachelor’s degree in social communications sciences, a MA in International Relations and Economics and a MSc in Global Development Challenges. When not working, Paula enjoys hiking, yoga, music, books and spending time with her family.

Strategic Communications and Outreach Officer

Mariana Fernández

Strategic Communications and Outreach Officer

Mariana Fernández

Mariana started working in April 2019 as the Communications Officer, where she works supporting the outreach initiatives within projects, the Learning and Knowledge development and sharing actions and the overall strategic communications of the organization. She has many years of experience in the field of international cooperation in areas like forestry, climate change, agriculture, capacity building, education and learning exchange. Before joining the Tenure Facility, she worked as a consultor on climate change at the UNDP, as a financial and communications manager at the Nature Conservancy and Rainforest Alliance and she has worked a lot throughout her career with capacity building and learning exchange workshops in many international non-governmental organizations in different countries. Mariana is Mexican/Spanish and holds two BA in Business Administration and International Relations and two MSc in Sustainable Development and Environmental Sciences. Mariana is fluent in Spanish, French, English, German and gradually Swedish. When not working Mariana enjoys music, doing yoga, outdoor sports, learning new languages and new cultures and above all being surrounded by family and nature.

Strategic Communications and Outreach Officer

Jonny Hogg

Strategic Communications and Outreach Officer

Jonny Hogg

Jonny joined The Tenure Facility in January 2020 as a Communications Officer. His focus is to strengthen the Strategic Communications team, providing powerful story-telling across a range of media, as well as using his extensive media and communications experience to support the evolution of the communications strategy. Jonny has 15+ years’ experience as a journalist, communications specialist and political analyst. He has worked for some of the world’s most respected news organizations - including BBC and Reuters - in Africa and elsewhere. He was subsequently Head of Communications for the UN’s World Food Programme in Turkey at the height of the refugee crisis. Jonny is British, has a bachelor’s degree in Politics and History, and a master’s degree in Humanitarian Action in Conflict. When not working, Jonny spends time with his family, as well as paddle-boarding, and shooting documentary street photography.

Head of Strategic Communications and Outreach

Paula Alvarado

Paula Alvarado joined the Tenure Facility in August 2018. As Head of Strategic Communications and Outreach she is responsible for the foundation’s overall communications strategy, outreach initiatives within projects, support for Learning and Knowledge development and sharing narratives that bring our partners' stories to a global audience. Paula has over 25 years of international policy, strategic and operational experience on human rights, sustainable development, public health, the environment and humanitarian responses in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Paula is Peruvian and has a bachelor’s degree in social communications sciences, a MA in International Relations and Economics and a MSc in Global Development Challenges. When not working, Paula enjoys hiking, yoga, music, books and spending time with her family.

Strategic Communications and Outreach Officer

Mariana Fernández

Mariana started working in April 2019 as the Communications Officer, where she works supporting the outreach initiatives within projects, the Learning and Knowledge development and sharing actions and the overall strategic communications of the organization. She has many years of experience in the field of international cooperation in areas like forestry, climate change, agriculture, capacity building, education and learning exchange. Before joining the Tenure Facility, she worked as a consultor on climate change at the UNDP, as a financial and communications manager at the Nature Conservancy and Rainforest Alliance and she has worked a lot throughout her career with capacity building and learning exchange workshops in many international non-governmental organizations in different countries. Mariana is Mexican/Spanish and holds two BA in Business Administration and International Relations and two MSc in Sustainable Development and Environmental Sciences. Mariana is fluent in Spanish, French, English, German and gradually Swedish. When not working Mariana enjoys music, doing yoga, outdoor sports, learning new languages and new cultures and above all being surrounded by family and nature.

Strategic Communications and Outreach Officer

Jonny Hogg

Jonny joined The Tenure Facility in January 2020 as a Communications Officer. His focus is to strengthen the Strategic Communications team, providing powerful story-telling across a range of media, as well as using his extensive media and communications experience to support the evolution of the communications strategy. Jonny has 15+ years’ experience as a journalist, communications specialist and political analyst. He has worked for some of the world’s most respected news organizations - including BBC and Reuters - in Africa and elsewhere. He was subsequently Head of Communications for the UN’s World Food Programme in Turkey at the height of the refugee crisis. Jonny is British, has a bachelor’s degree in Politics and History, and a master’s degree in Humanitarian Action in Conflict. When not working, Jonny spends time with his family, as well as paddle-boarding, and shooting documentary street photography.

Donors

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