Tania Eulalia Martinez-Cruz is an interdisciplinary researcher and an Ëyuujk Indigenous Woman from Mexico. Currently, she is a Research Associate at the Laboratory of Anthropology of Contemporary Worlds of the Free University of Brussels and does consultancy work for different international organisations. She has 15 years of experience working on issues linked to international development. She uses her research and her experience in the field to advocate for the role of Indigenous Peoples, their knowledge, and practices in tackling global challenges such as water, nutrition, and food security, climate change, as well as the role of Indigenous youth and women as knowledge holders and guardians of the world’s biodiversity.
As part of her advocacy work, she collaborates with Indigenous lead organizations and other multistakeholder Think Tanks that look to transform the current food systems and advocate for the crucial role of Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems; for example, she is a member of the advisory board of the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty and the TMG Think Tank for Sustainability, collaborates with the Expert Group of Agriculture and Food Security of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as an expert on Indigenous Issues, the Global Hub on Indigenous Peoples´ Food Systems, the Coalition on Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems that resulted from the UN Food Systems Summit 2021, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, the Collective Indigenous Futures.