Nonette Royo

Executive Director
Tenure Facility

Nonette Royo is the Executive Director of the Tenure Facility. She is a lawyer, activist, and author, specializing in the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and community-based natural resource management. She most recently led the Samdhana Institute in Southeast Asia. In the past two decades, Nonette has pioneered civil society initiatives in public interest law and environmental justice in the Philippines, Indonesia, and mainland Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, she co-founded an organization for legal and policy research and advocacy on Indigenous Peoples’ rights, and another dedicated to women’s rights. Until recently, Nonette also served as Vice President for Research and Social Outreach at Xavier University in the Philippines. In Indonesia, Nonette assisted environmental advocacy and social justice movements. Her work includes facilitating the establishment of NGO networks and multi-stakeholder coalitions in key forested and biodiverse locations. Nonette also helped develop the Indigenous People’s Support Fund, which nurtures local indigenous organizations’ visions to protect the last contiguous biodiverse landscapes in the region.