The N1M Team

Dr. Fran Lambrick

Co-founder and Director of N1M, Fran has over ten years experience working as an academic, filmmaker and campaigner on environmental change and conflict, with a particular focus on Cambodia. As such, she benefits from multiple perspectives to understand and address the violence and repression facing environmental defenders. Fran is Producer and Director of the film, I am Chut Wutty (Journeyman Pictures, 2015) that tells the story of murdered forest defender, Chut Wutty. Banned by the Cambodian government in 2016, the film was subsequently viewed over a million times. As an organizer of the 2017 N1M Forest Defenders Conference, she has worked at the forefront of international strategy development to address the global crisis in violent conflict experienced by environmental defenders. With a DPhil in forestry from University of Oxford, Fran has experience working with large data sets, qualitative and quantitative social research, and conducting action-oriented research working closely with remote forest communities. Fran also holds a bachelors degree in Natural Science from the University of Cambridge.

Virginia Cromie

Co-founder of N1M, Virginia brings expertise in global campaigns and impactful, long-form communications as well as non-profit and arts administration. She coordinated a number of TEDPrize projects, including the global participatory art project Inside Out for TEDPrize winner JR, the global broadcast of Pangea Day, and war photographer James Nachtwey's campaign against extreme drug resistant tuberculosis. Virginia helped produce the Oscar-nominated documentary The Square, and award-winning documentary Rafea: Solar Mama, and executive produced Chloe Ruthven's The Occupiers. As a producer for The Why Foundation, Virginia was at the forefront of global efforts to combat modern slavery and uses factual story-telling to inspire international action.

Dr Maria Fernanda Gebara

Dr. Maria Fernanda Gebara is an independent researcher and consultant based in the United Kingdom. She has a Phd in Social Anthropology and Institutions from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. Fernanda's interests are related to social impacts of measures to reduce deforestation on tropical countries. Her main focus of research has been the Amazon, although she has also worked in various countries in Asia and Africa. Her research focus is on rural politics; social inequalities; commoditization of nature; green grabbing; conflicts and collaborations; behavior change; institutional bricolage; rural dispossession and traditional ecology. Fernanda has been working with forests and climate change since 2004 and her research articles have been published in high level impact journals. She has also earned several awards such as the James Martin 21st Century school tropical forests initiative and the Brazilian Ministry of Education Institutional Award Program on Doctoral Scholarships Abroad.

Dr. Mary Menton

Mary is a researcher and practitioner whose work has focused on the links between environmental governanace and wellbeing / local peoples' rights in the Amazon. She has worked with a wide-range of stakeholders from national ministries to NGOs to forest-dependent smallholders and communities. Before joining N1M, she co-founded SEED (Solutions & Evidence for Environment & Development), a partnership where she leads work on Policy & Practice (now part-time). She is currently a Research Fellow in Environmental Justice with the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme, University of Sussex where she is looking at the effects of environmental justice conflicts in Ecuador on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Tim Shores

With a decade of experience in database engineering and business analysis, Tim is currently responsible for software development and platform architecture at VentureWell, a nonprofit dedicated to educating and facilitating STEM innovators and entrepreneurs who seek to solve the world's toughest problems. He has a bachelors degree in linguistics, literature, and philosophy from the University of Michigan and is a stalwart observer of the forestry software market. Tim applies a creative and systems-based approach to harnessing technology in support of frontline activists working to address intractable environmental and human rights problems.

Richard J. Rogers (Global Diligence; N1M Legal Advisor)

An expert in international human rights and international criminal law, Richard advises governments, businesses, international organisations, or individuals facing legal challenges stemming from armed conflict or unstable environments. He is a qualified lawyer in California, England and Wales, as well as Cambodia. He worked for several years as a commercial lawyer in San Francisco, California, dealing with complex intellectual property disputes. He later held senior positions in the UN and the OSCE dealing with war crimes, human rights and legal reform. He was the OSCE’s Chief legal system monitor in post-conflict Kosovo, the Principal Defender at the UN’s Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and the head of legal support for the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia. In 2016 Richard was hired by the Registrar of the International Criminal Court to review and overhaul the International Criminal Court’s legal aid system. Richard has applied his field expertise to ‘business and human rights’ issues, notably filing the historic communication to the ICC on behalf of thousands of Cambodian victims of forced displacement due to land-grabbing and environmental destruction at the hands of a powerful elite.​​

Dr Kaysara Khatun (University of Oxford)

Kaysara Khatun is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), University of Oxford. She has over 15 years of experience in the private, NGO and academic sectors working in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Kaysara’s research interests are situated in the interdisciplinary areas of climate change policy, land use change, and natural resource management. These include adaptation and mitigation reflecting a keen interest in policy formation and implementation in international, national, through to community levels, mainly in the forestry and sustainable development contexts. Her work links insights from both the social and the natural sciences with a strong commitment to empirical research. She has been involved in projects with CATIE (Costa Rica), CIFOR (Indonesia), MCDI (Tanzania), Winrock international (USA), and the Government of Ecuador among others. She received her Ph.D in the Geographical Sciences from Bristol University, an MSc in Environmental Science with Legislation and Management from Brunel University and a BSc in Physics from Kings College London.

Prof. Felipe Milanez (University of Bahia)

Felipe holds a PhD in political ecology from University of Coimbra, Portugal; his research focuses on violence, institutions and cultures in the Amazon. Prior to his PhD, Felipe worked as a specialized journalist in the Amazon for seven years as editor of Brasil Indígena, the official magazine of Brazil's indigenous peoples’ agency FUNAI, and as editor of National Geographic Brazil. He has also worked as an independent journalist, listening to the most vulnerable people of the forest and telling their stories, raising the public awareness about the reality of the Amazon and the dangers to those defending the forest. As a documentary filmmaker, Felipe has produced and directed the following films: Toxic Amazon (with – the story of murdered forest defenders, José Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espírito Santo; Guarani Struggle; I Know What Awaits Me; Amazon Forest Conservation; and O Nascimento de Uma Nação (The Birth of a Nation) a new documentary about the Belo Monte dam. Felipe Milanez was nominated one of Latin America's Forest Heros by the United Nations in 2012, a special award for the International Year of the Forests.

Dr Stefano Balbi (BC3)

Stefano holds a Bachelor's in Environmental Economics and PhD in Sustainable Development; he is an accomplished researcher in sustainability science and natural resource management. His work focuses on the modelling of coupled human-natural systems under global environmental change for the analysis of food security, natural hazards risk, and population mobility. To this end he combines different complexity-embracing methodologies such as agent-based modelling, social network analysis, multi-criteria analysis, and machine learning. Since 2013 he has been actively involved in the management and development of the ARIES (ARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services) community and the k.LAB cyberinfrastructure, which integrates different modelling paradigms via semantic meta-modelling (