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Karina Kloos Women’s Land Rights Campaign Director

Why I am passionate about Landesa’s mission:

I’m passionate about working on land rights because of its ability to effect systemic change. Land tenure security, especially in working with governments to achieve it, can provide fundamental, long-term and wide-reaching solutions that address the root cause of so many other facets of inequality and injustice. Securing land rights can have positive effects on poverty alleviation; food security; sustainable land management and climate action; conflict mitigation and resolution; and, with explicit intention, women’s empowerment and gender equality — issues affecting the livelihoods of some of the most marginalized people throughout the world, and core to our commitments to the SDGs and human rights.


Karina is Director of the Global Women’s Land Rights Campaign, a coalition of organizations and leaders working to make women’s rights to land a reality worldwide. With Landesa as the secretariat of the coalition, Karina’s role is to build bridges and synergies across partners, ensure grassroots organizations are supported and empowered to achieve the success they envision, and strengthen awareness globally about the transformative effects that are possible when women have equal access to their land rights.

Karina has been with Landesa since 2014 serving in both research and advocacy roles. Prior, she worked with women’s rights and indigenous rights organizations. Karina holds a PhD from Stanford University in sociology, with a focus on international development and social movements.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Stanford University, Palo Alto
  • M.A., International Relations, American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Paris
  • B.A., Business Administration and Social Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, South Bend


  • English


Areas of Expertise:

  • Advocacy
  • Women’s access and rights to land
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Indigenous rights
  • Climate change
  • Social movements
  • Research methods
  • Quantitative research
  • Qualitative research
  • Impact assessments
  • Strategy design & implementation
  • Program/Project management

International Experience:

  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • South and Southeast Asia