, Alfred Lahai Brownell

Lead Campaigner and Founder of Green Advocates, Liberia

 

Alfred Lahai Gbabai Brownell Sr. is the Lead Campaigner and Founder of Green Advocates, Liberia’s first public interest environmental law and human rights organization. Alfred started Green Advocates to work with impoverished rural communities to ensure them a voice in decisions affecting their communities’ natural resources. Alfred has been one of the lead campaigners advocating for the reform of Liberia’s land, extractive and natural resources sectors since 2001. Before founding Green Advocates, Alfred represented and provided legal support to local communities affected by natural resource extraction operations such as rubber and palm oil plantations. Between 2006 and 2010, he campaigned for the recognition of the customary land and property rights of indigenous communities throughout Liberia.

He  is a former member of  Liberian EITI Multi-stakeholder Steering Group and a former EITI International Board member. He is also a an active member of the Kimberly Process Civil Society Coalition, the Steering Coordination Committee of OECD, as well as the Steering Committee of the Extraterritorial Obligations (ETO) Consortium, a network of more than 80 human rights related Civil Society Organizations and academics.

Alfred holds a B.Sc in General Agriculture from the University of Liberia, a magna cum laude JD/LL.B degree in law from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law of the University of Liberia, and an LL.M in Environment and Energy Law from the Tulane Law School, New Orleans, USA.