Our Staff

The APA has a small staff who have a great passion for addressing the issues that face Indigenous Peoples. This multi dynamic group works  and has built experience and knowledge from working with various Indigenous communities across Guyana.

The Executive Director (ED) is the head of the central office of  the organization which is located in the capital, Georgetown. This person provides main technical support to the Executive Committee.  The other support staff are all responsible for the daily administration of the organization as well as the development, implementation and management of its programmes and projects  in conjunction with the Executive committee.



Jean La Rose | Executive Director | apaguyana@networksgy.com | jean.larose@apaguyana.com


Jean La Rose is of Lokono Arawak ancestry.  She is the Executive Director of the Amerindian Peoples Association and holds a B.A degree in History from the University of Guyana as well as various certificates in human rights studies. She is national awardee of the Golden Arrow of Achievement 2015 and also an awardee the Goldman Environmental Prize 2002. She has written and published on indigenous issues over the years and has held several board positions in the past including the Indian Law Resource Center in the US, the Rainforest Foundation US and the Guyana Book Foundation, among others. She was the deputy chairperson of the Constitution Reform Commission in 1999 and most recently the Chairperson of the Guyana National Newspapers Ltd.  She currently serves on the University of Guyana Council as well as on the National Awards Advisory Council.  Jean is a long standing advocate for indigenous rights and has worked with the APA for over twenty two years.

Samantha Humphrey | Admin and Finance Manager | samantha.humphrey@apaguyana.com


Samantha Humphrey has been working with the APA as a full-time staff since July 2016 as the Finance Manager.  She started as a part time Finance Officer on an EU project in 2014. She holds a B.Sc. in accounting from the University of Guyana, and Distinction in Project Management from the Institute of Commercial Management, U.K.  She is presently studying for her second level ACCA exams (Accounting body offering the Chartered Certified Accountant). Finance has always been a passion for Samantha and she has been working in the NGO field as a Finance Manager for the past 13 years. She was employed at Youth Challenge Guyana before she took up the post at the APA. Working with a lot of international donors over the years has allowed Samantha to grow in her profession and to have a comprehensive understanding of the international donor community.

Rupa Harisingh | Project Coordinator | rupa.harishing@apaguyana.com


Rupa Harisingh is Project Coordinator of the APA, who recently joined the APA team. She holds a degree in International Relations and Business Administrative Management. Prior to working with the APA, she was Operations Manager on an advocacy project to increase awareness amongst youth and women on civil and political voting rights to improve social inclusion funded by Counterpart International. She comes from a multicultural background, and has worked on several projects funded by the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility, DFATD, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Hunger Foundation, and the United Nations as their local Administrative/Finance Officer in the past 20 years.  She serves as a board member of St. John’s Ambulance and Karanambu Trust and has been active in various community-based initiatives.


Nicholas Peters | Communications Officer (part time) | nicholas.peters@apaguyana.com


Nicholas Peters recently started as the part-time Communications and Visibility Officer at the APA. He is currently a final year BA English student at the University of Guyana and holds an Associate’s Degree in English from the same institution.  He is an award winning freelance journalist writing for the Kaieteur News newspaper.


Ron James | GIS Specialist  | ron.james@apaguyana.com


Ron James is of Wapichan/Arawak ancestry and is an Executive Member on the APA Board.  He is a self-taught GIS Specialist and has sixteen years’ experience working with Indigenous communities throughout Guyana on mapping and on indigenous rights issues.  He has recently served on the village Council of Aishalton and has also worked to promote sports among the various communities. He is currently working part-time at the APA in developing maps for the organisation’s work as well as with the South Rupununi District Council.


Michael Mc Garrell | GIS Specialist and Forest Policy Officer | michael.mcgarrell@apaguyana.com


Michael McGarrell is of the Patamona people and is from the village of Chenapou close to the Kaieteur National Park. He is the APA’s GIS Specialist & Forest Policy Officer and started working with the organisation in January 2014 in the area of forest policy.  Prior to this he volunteered with the APA. Michael is currently a third year student in Environmental Management and Technology at the University of Guyana and has a background in community development, information technology and multi-media production.  He is committed to working with indigenous peoples to ensure that their rights are promoted and respected.


Laura George | Governance and Rights Coordinator | laura.george@apaguyana.com


Laura George is from the Akawaio people who call themselves Kapong in their language. She is the APA’s Governance and Rights Coordinator.  A graduate of the Cyril Potter College of Education, she is an educator by profession but has always been an advocate for indigenous rights wherever she has set foot. Fluent in her native tongue, Laura was first introduced to the APA when she was asked to do translation in her community at an APA-facilitated district council workshop some twenty years ago. About ten years ago she translated for her elders in the High Court of Guyana, a first of its kind in a historic land mark case which was filed against the State by the Akawaios and Arecunas of the Upper Mazaruni.  Laura volunteered at the APA intermittently during her years of formal teaching before she became a full time staff which she has been for over six years. She has co-authored a few publications and has participated in several seminars which have all helped her in making representation with conviction.


Dietz Williams – Finance officer |dietz.williams@apaguyana.com