Rosa Koian (Kombigo, Papua, New Guinea)
Networking Coordinator, Bismarck Ramu Group
Rosa Koian is the Networking Coordinator of Bismarck Ramu Group, a Papua New Guinean-based local NGO, that empowers indigenous communities on development and conservation issues. This includes legally challenging the advances of transnational corporations and extractive industries in the pacific island country. As a longtime community development worker and activist, Koian highlights issues that she believes receive too little attention at home and overseas. She works to reduce practices that degrade the Papuan environment, such as large-scale resource extraction.