Sushil Raj

Executive Director of the Rights and Communities Program

Sushil Raj is the Executive Director of the Rights and Communities global program at the Wildlife Conservation Society, which seeks to respect and protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and amplify their voice in conservation policies, practices, and governance structures. In doing so WCS Global is traveling a necessary pathway to equitable, just, and durable conservation. Sushil previously served on a UN Human Rights Council Special Procedures mandate with the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, and also as an official with the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and in Philanthropy with the Ford Foundation, Asia Foundation, among other institutions. He serves on the Board of the New York Peace Institute, a mediation organization, and is also a practicing mediator.

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