Our Team


Read all posts by Maude Barlow.

Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow is the founder of the Blue Planet Project and former Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. She chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch, is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council, and is the Honorary Chancellor of Brescia University. She has also served on the executive of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.

Maude is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the 2005 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (US).

From 2008–2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 19 books, including her latest, Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis; and Whose Water is it Anyway? Taking water protection into public hands.

Read all posts by Meera Karunananthan.

Meera Karunananthan

Meera Karunananthan is a Water Campaigner for the Council of Cana­dians and also works internationally on behalf of the Blue Planet Project. Meera is pursing a PhD in geography at the university of Ottawa. She works with allied groups on water rights and rights of nature issues.

Read all posts by Claudia Campero-Arena.

Claudia Campero-Arena

Claudia Campero is a Water Campaigner for Blue Planet Project and Food and Water Watch in Mexico. She helps coordinate with organizations around the world in international efforts such as celebrating Blue October and challenging the World Water Forum. She also promotes the human right to water and monitors water privatization in Mexico and other Latin-American countries to help raise awareness for action. She studied geography at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and holds a Masters in Urban Development Planning from the University College London. She is a founding and active member of COMDA (Coalition of Mexican Organizations for the Right to Water) that was part of the movement of the Rallies in the Defense of Water in Mexico City in 2006.

Read all posts by Madhuresh Kumar.

Madhuresh Kumar

Madhuresh Kumar does campaigns and policy advocacy work with the National Alliance of People’s Movements in India. He is a researcher and social activist, specializing in globalization and human rights issues. Madhuresh recently joined the Blue Planet Project team and will help monitor and promote the realization of the human right to water in India and around the world.

Read all posts by Koni Benson.

Koni Benson

Koni Benson supports local organizing for public services in South Africa. Since 2006 she has worked at the International Labour Research and Information Group (ILRIG) in Cape Town doing collaborative research, popular political education, and accessible publications for trade unions and social movements. She works with a network of informal settlements under threat of removal in campaigns to resist ‘slum’ eradication, and for access to public services including water, housing, and healthcare. She has a PhD in History and is currently producing life histories of unfolding political struggles of women shack dwellers collectively resisting slum clearance and displacement and fighting for access to housing in apartheid and post apartheid South Africa.

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