Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific
Born and raised in India, Ashlesha wears many hats: activist, scholar-activist, and philanthropy sector professional. She comes from a deep background in learning from and supporting Indian and global farmers’ movements like La Via Campesina for more then ten years. Ashlesha is currently involved in agroecology educational processes inside farmers movements in Karnataka, India. Her academic work centers on agroecology, peasant movements, public policies, and gender. She has a Masters in Science from El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Chiapas, Mexico, where she got to learn from Mexican indigenous struggles and study farmer-led agroecology movements in India. Ashlesha loves to cook and is day-dreaming about starting a taco truck with her partner someday.