The Ayahuasca Dialogues Research Committee (ADRC)
The Ayahuasca Dialogues Research Committee (ADRC) was formed in February and March 2014 with the aim of helping to provide feedback and guidance over the course of the Ayahuasca Dialogues research process and report writing. In 2015 its emphasis will shift towards helping to draft the Ayahuasca Agreement. This draft document will then be shared with the wider community for their feedback via consultation meetings, both in-person and online. Although the ADRC itself is not a representative body (whereas the Stakeholder Representative Council will be), the ESC strives for diversity and for the inclusion of as many voices as possible. Consequently, we are considering nominees for the ADRC on a rolling basis, especially Spanish speakers.
Lorene Flaming is a natural resources economist with over 20 years of experience designing,monitoring, and evaluating policies and projects that promote rural livelihoods and environmental sustainability. As an international consultant, her work often involves improving access to information to support evidence-based decision-making; working with stakeholders to identify market-based solutions to economic development challenges; and identifying criteria and indicators for measuring results. She has worked for international organizations, aid agencies, governments, and the private sector in over a dozen countries on a broad range of issues. Examples include mitigating impacts on Egypt’s cultural heritage sites associated with agricultural practices; advocating for forest law reforms to strengthen local communities’ rights to forest resources in Guyana; designing performance monitoring systems for community development grant funds in Lebanon and other countries; evaluating sustainable rural livelihoods projects in Malawi and Afghanistan, and assessing supply chains (aka “value chains”) to remove market constraints for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). An exceptional writer, she has authored technical guidelines on environmental management and valuation, sector assessments and strategies, and over a dozen successful proposals for donor-funded projects. She earned a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lorene has a strong personal interest in the preservation of indigenous cultures and the landscapes in which they live. She lives in White Salmon, Washington.
Tirso Gonzales. Ph.D Sociology/Rural Sociology, U. of Wisconsin, Madison. Postdoctoral Studies (UC-Berkeley, UC Davis). Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies Program, University of British Columbia Okanagan. Peruvian Aymara activist and scholar. Former member of the “Peruvian National Commission for Amazon, Andean and Afro-Peruvian Peoples.” His scholarly work includes, Andean-Amazonian medicinal plants and healing, indigenous epistemologies and education, community-based participatory research, indigenous self-determined development, indigenous biodiversity, food security and climate change.
Raven R. Ray is currently a graduate student of psychology at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. She received a B.S. in psychology with a minor in Spanish from the College of Charleston. As an undergrad, she developed an interest in psychopharmacology and neuroscience. She is now completing her master’s thesis researching medical protocol pertaining to the use of ayahuasca, specifically, in the context of the ayahuasca treatment center. Her main goal is to outline medical and safety protocol in the hopes of helping to keep the practice and its users safe. She believes that, with proper communication of risks/full informed consent, use of different forms of medical screening, and the use of counselling (where appropriate), ayahuasca treatment centers will be well equipped to provide a safe experience for their clientele, protecting all parties involved, as well as the reputation of ayahuasca. Her research background includes fMRI research in the areas of Alzheimer’s, Autism, and Asperger Syndrome for the Medical University of South Carolina in order to find particular areas of the brain which may be implicated in symptoms of each disorder.
Roldan Rojas Paredes
Roldan Rojas Paredes is expert in Cooperation and Conservation of Communitarian Forests in the Peruvian Amazon. Executive Director of the Foundation Amazonía Viva, dedicated to the Conservation and Reforestation of the Amazon. He is responsible for the project REDD+ Biocorredor Martín Sagrado (Conservation of 300,000 hectares), where the communities are planting Ayahuasca in an agro-forestal model and in the Botanical Garden of Santa Rosa to guarantee its sustainability as an ancestral medicine, protect its adequate environment and the biodiversity of the Amazon. He was the first President of the National Advisory Committee for the management of protected national areas in Peru and has experience in the conservation of the World, Natural and Cultural Heritage UNESCO National Park of Rio Abiseo (PNRA).
Carlos Mario Sarmiento Naranjo
(Bio coming soon!)
Keith Williams has worked at the intersections of ethnobotany, education,and community development for over a decade in Canada, South America, South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Keith is currently employed in the Canadian community college system where he works as program chair and manages projects related to horticulture production, food security, urban agriculture, and more.
We thank former Ayahuasca Dialogues Research Committee members for their time and service!