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Melanesia Special Advisor

We are delighted to share that Ms. Miriam Supuma has joined our Christensen team as Special Advisor for Melanesia. Miriam will be advising our work in Melanesia and contributing to our overall grantmaking across the foundation. We are fortunate to have Miriam’s leadership and new perspective enliven and enrich our collective work. Miriam is based […]

In Gratitude to our Central Asian Colleagues

On March 31st, we said farewell to two colleagues: Associate Program Officer Alibek Otambekov and Program and Business Associate Ainura Ishenbekova.
Alibek joined The Christensen Fund in 2009 as our National Consultant, Tajikistan and helped not only to shape but to deepen our work in Tajikistan, providing invaluable inroads and insights. In 2018, he took a leadership […]

Tillo Boboev, Pioneering Tajik Botanist, Dies at 77

Accomplished Tajik scientist and botanist, Tillo Boboev — founder of the Kulob Botanical Garden of the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan — passed away on March 4th, 2018, at the age of 77. A central tenet of his life’s work was reconnecting youth and rural communities in Central Asia to their rich biocultural heritage in […]

Transitions for the Central Asia Program

After a decade of service to the stewards of biocultural diversity in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkey, Erjen Khamaganova has completed her term as our Program Officer for Central Asia. She will be retiring from The Christensen Fund as of December 31, 2017.
Erjen’s tenure at the helm of the Central Asia Program coincided with a post-Soviet […]

Melanesia Program Update

Today marks a transition for the Christensen Fund as Catherine Sparks, our Program Officer for Melanesia, completes her tenure with the foundation.
Catherine has been a Christensen colleague and friend for more than nine years. Her departure has been long planned, in line with our policy of term limits for Program Officers. Catherine is transitioning from […]

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