WHO WE ARE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alegra Ally

Director and Founder

Alegra Ally is ethnographer and award-winning explorer and photographer, best known for her in-depth work focusing on indigenous women. Her ability to produce photographs with profound emotional resonance and sensitivity earned her the Scott Pearlman Field Award for her expedition: ‘Women at the End of the Land’ in 2016 and dozens of other international awards both from the photography and exploration communities. Ally was named “A Modern Explorer” by the New York Times, and her recently published book “New Path- A Window into Nenets Life”, has been featured in articles in the Shackleton Journal London, Huffington Post, The Guardian, and the British Journal of Photography among other esteemed publications. Ally first travelled solo to Papua New Guinea in 1997 at the age of 17, where she spent months living remote tribes. She crossed the Sepik River by canoe twice, trekked the Kokoda Trail, and became initiated into one of the Sepik tribes as well as into the Kosua tribe. Her first book describing her travels in Papua, “Touching Genesis”, was published in 2001. Ally’s photography is featured in several publications. The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Walt Disney Company, Maptia, Ocean Geographic, Sidetracked, Shackleton Journal, and the British Journal of Photography. She serves as a member in the Scott Pearlman Field award and the Flag and Honours Committees of The Explorers Club. Recently she served as an advisor to the BBC Natural History Unit for a “Human Planet” series. As an internationally recognized speaker Ally was invited to present the Wild Born Project in several midwifery organizations, including midwifery departments at various hospitals, photography schools and the Explorers Club Headquarters. Ally is currently writing her memoir and her thesis as part for her Masters Of Research degree with focus on Anthropology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

MIDWIFERY COUNCIL

Dr. Robbie Davis-Floyd

Dr. Davis-Floyd is Senior Research Fellow, in the Dept. of Anthropology at the University of Texas Austin. She is an international speaker, published author, medical/cultural anthropologist, and an expert in the fields of childbirth and midwifery. As a cultural anthropologist, she has spent over 20 years researching issues in the anthropology of reproduction, focusing most closely on childbirth, obstetrics, and midwifery.

Dr. Sarah Buckley

Dr. Sarah Buckley is a New-Zealand-trained GP/family physician with qualifications in GP-obstetrics and family planning. Dr. Buckley’s bestselling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices, was published by Celestial Arts/ PenguinRandomHouse (US, 2009). She is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland, where her research is focused on oxytocin and the autonomic nervous system in labour and birth, and the impacts of interventions. Dr Buckley’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting from the widest possible perspectives, including scientific, anthropological, cross-cultural, psychological, and personal.

Carol Gautschi

Carol Gautschi is a Certified Professional Midwife (NARM certified) and is also licensed by the state of Washington. Carol is the longest continuously practicing home-birth midwife on the Kitsap & Olympic Peninsulas. She has attended home births for more than 40 years and worked as a Classical Holistic Midwife since 1979. She is president and co-founder of the Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery (WARM), founding and board-member of Global Midwifery Council and chairs Olympic Peninsula Birth Matters.

Dr. Sohie Chao

Dr. Sophie Chao is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sydney’s School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. Dr. Chao holds a PhD from Macquarie University where her research was based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in West Papua, examining how deforestation and monocrop oil palm expansion reconfigure the multispecies lifeworld of indigenous Marind communities. Her research explores the intersections of capitalism, ecology, and indigeneity in Southeast Asia. Dr. Chao is currently Secretary on the Executive Committee of the Australian Anthropological Association (AAS), Co-Convenor of the Australian Food, Society, and Culture Network (AFSCN), and Member of the Charles Perkins Center Early and Mid-Career Researchers Committee (University of Sydney).

Zoë Tryon

Zoë Tryon is a renowned activist, speaker, and artist known for her work with indigenous communities globally. She is the Founder of One of the Tribe Journeys, a travel company that offers, privately led, immersive experiences with indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Andes. Zoe founded the One of the Tribe non-profit to raise awareness for the issues facing indigenous communities and has acted as a cultural liaison between indigenous and Western leaders since 2006 when she first began living with the Achuar Tribe in the Amazon. She has supported education, health and economic capacity building projects, advocated for environmental and constitutional rights, and worked closely with indigenous partners on the largest environmental lawsuit in history.

STAFF

MELISSA FLAGG

Zoë Tryon is a renowned activist, speaker, and artist known for her work with indigenous communities globally. She is the Founder of One of the Tribe Journeys, a travel company that offers, privately led, immersive experiences with indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Andes. Zoe founded the One of the Tribe non-profit to raise awareness for the issues facing indigenous communities and has acted as a cultural liaison between indigenous and Western leaders since 2006 when she first began living with the Achuar Tribe in the Amazon. She has supported education, health and economic capacity building projects, advocated for environmental and constitutional rights, and worked closely with indigenous partners on the largest environmental lawsuit in history.

FIELD COORDINATORS

GRANTS MANAGER

FUNDRAISING MANAGER

PARTNERSHIP LEAD

DIRECTOR OF EXPEDITIONS

COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST

WEBMASTER

PROJECTS

PROJECT DIRECTOR

POLICY DIRECTOR

EDUCATION DIRECTOR

MAPPING DIRECTOR

VOLUNTEER AND STUDENT COORDINATOR

PARTNERS