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Ashli Akins
Liu Scholar; PhD Student, Interdisciplinary Studies
Office: 216
Address: 6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Email: agakins@gmail.com
Phone: 250-857-8637
 

Ashli Akins is a human rights advocate, artist, and social entrepreneur. When she was 21, she founded Mosqoy, an international charitable organization that works with highland indigenous communities of the Andean mountains in Peru, to provide economic opportunities that nurture their threatened culture.

Ashli is pursuing her PhD in interdisciplinary studies from the University of British Columbia, with Dr. Wade Davis (anthropology) and Dr. Michelle LeBaron (law). In 2014, she graduated from the University of Oxford with a masterfs in International Human Rights Law; her thesis explored why the loss of culturally significant art is a human rights violation. She previously attended the University of Victoria, where she received a bachelor's degree in environmental studies, Latin American studies, and professional writing. She was recently honoured as one of UVicfs 50 top alumni in history who have made a difference.

Ashli uses photography and writing to educate about international human rights and environmental injustices. In 2008, she completed a photography internship with National Geographic, and has published and exhibited around the world. Ashli has been honoured with dozens of awards, and has given over 100 lectures and presentations globally, including a recent TedX talk.

She has been labeled an adventure junkie at times. One of her latest adventures took her over the last Andean mountain into the cloud forest of the Amazon jungle, with nothing but a machete, a compass, and a map.

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