Monday, December 11, 2023


Alfredo E. Ferreyros Gildemeister

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Co-founder and former executive director of the Instituto del Bien Común. He is founder and executive president of Explorandes, a pioneer in adventure tourism and ecotourism in Peru, awarded by the World Tourism Awards (WTA). He chaired the Peruvian Association of Adventure Tourism and Ecotourism (APTAE) and advised the Peruvian government on the tourism industry. Between 1995 and 2000, he represented the confederation of private enterprise - CONFIEP before the National Environmental Council (CONAM). He is a member of the Advisory Council of Adventure Travel and Trade Association (ATTA). Former Executive Director of Conservation International-Peru. He studied Social Sciences at Cornell University.

Richard Chase Smith


Anthropologist, he has addressed the ownership, tenure and usufruct of land and natural resources by the indigenous peoples of the Andean Amazon of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, and the social management of natural resources in indigenous and riverine communities of Peru. He researches the cultural-historical space of the Yánesha indigenous people based on history, archaeology, linguistics and oral history mapping. He is co-founder of the Institute for the Common Good and was its executive director between 1998 and 2019. He directed Oxfam America's South America Program for 12 years. He holds a PhD in anthropology and linguistics from Cornell University and a postdoc from Harvard University.

Laureano del Castillo


Lawyer specialized in land, water and peasant communities. He is co-founder of the Instituto del Bien Común. He has been co-president of the International Land Coalition, president of the Permanent Seminar of Agrarian Research (1997-1999) and of the Institute for the Promotion of Water Management - IPROGA (2003-2007 and since 2019). He is executive director of the Peruvian Center for Social Studies, CEPES. He has been a professor at the universities of San Marcos, San Martín de Porres and Científica del Sur. He is a lawyer graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, with a Master's Degree in Law, with a major in Constitutional Law, and a Diploma in Environmental Law Studies from the same university.

María Teresa Oré


Sociologist, co-founder of the Instituto del Bien Común. Professor and researcher in the Master's Program in Water Resources at the PUCP. Specialized in Water Governance, Territory and Environment. Coordinated the research project promoted by the Department of CCSS and GIZ: "State and Water Scarcity in the Ica River Basin". He chaired the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Promotion and Management of Water (IPROGA). He is a member of the Permanent Seminar on Agricultural Research. He is currently part of the project on Groundwater Management with the University of Amsterdam, in agreement with the PUCP. He holds a Master's degree in Sociology from the PUCP and in Water Resources from Wageningen University, with doctoral studies in Sociology from the PUCP.

Frederica Barclay Rey de Castro

Anthropologist and historian. She is co-founder of the IBC. She has conducted research on regional histories and intercultural health, regional history of the Amazon and has carried out anthropological expertise. She currently works at the Center for Public Policy and Human Rights - Peru Equidad. She is an anthropologist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, holds a PhD in History from the University of Barcelona and a Master's degree in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Rodrigo Montoya

Anthropologist, sociologist and writer. He is Professor Emeritus of the National University of San Marcos, Lima, where he teaches in the Faculty of Social Sciences. He is a visiting professor at several universities in Europe and America. He is co-founder of the Instituto del Bien Común. He has published many studies, articles and books. His research has directed him towards a unified vision of Peru that strives to recognize Andean and Amazonian communities, as well as those on the periphery of Lima, as integral elements of the country's culture and social history. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of San Marcos and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Paris.

Margarita Benavides

Anthropologist with 40+ years of experience in Amazonian indigenous peoples, their rights and territories. At Oxfam America she led projects with indigenous peoples of the Amazon in Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. At IBC she has contributed to the creation of the Information System on Native Communities (SICNA) and the Amazonian Network of Geo-referenced Socio-environmental Information (Raisg). From the Large Landscape Management Area, he collaborates with the Putumayo Amazonas and ProPachitea programs. She has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Anthropology from the Catholic University of Peru. She was a visiting professional at the Conservation and Development Program of the University of Florida.

Walter Wust


Forestry Engineer from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, with extensive experience in biodiversity assessment in the coast, highlands and jungle of Peru. He directs the Science Program of the organization Bosques Amazónicos - BAM. He founded the Environmental Engineering and Management career at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences. He was a member of the Board of Directors of SERNANP and is a member of the boards of ACCA, Li?deres+1 and CCERO. He has published more than 500 books on nature, culture and sustainable resource management in Peru. He directs Wust Ediciones and WW Editores. He has published articles in international newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic Magazine.

Jorge Recharte

Anthropologist. He is Executive President of The Mountain Institute. He directed The Mountain Institute's Andean Program from 1997 to 2019. He has designed and led multiple conservation initiatives, including USAID climate change adaptation projects. He integrates a network of mountain conservation groups from six South American countries. As a visiting professor at the Faculty of Animal Science, Universidad Agraria La Molina, he addresses the social dimensions of pastoralism in mountain regions. He has served on the boards of the Instituto del Bien Común and the Instituto Peruano para la Promoción de la Gestión del Agua ? Iproga. He holds a PhD in social anthropology from Cornell University and a BA in Anthropology from PUCP.

Alfredo Miro Quesada Howard

Agricultural engineer and entrepreneur specializing in innovation. He founded the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas and was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the same university. Among other ventures is the consulting firm AMQ, specialized in the formulation and execution of innovation engineering projects in the areas of agriculture, agribusiness and ecotourism, and a pioneer in the application of territorial conditioning, environmental and social impact analysis and geographic information systems. She has a Master's degree in Education Administration and postgraduate studies in System Engineering, both at the University of Lima, and in Hydraulic Projects at UNALM.

Constance (Connie) Campbell

Anthropologist dedicated to conservation with social justice and gender equity. She has worked in 20 countries, mostly in Latin America, with a focus on the Amazon. She carries out strategic program design, political economy and gender analysis, and evaluation in projects funded by USAID, World Bank and GIZ, among others. She has worked at World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy and USAID. She is an associate professor at the University of Florida, with degrees in Biology and Spanish from Virginia Tech University; she holds a Masters and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida. She has done extensive fieldwork with the syringero social movement in Acre, Brazil, in collaboration with Chico Mendes and Marina Silva.

Guillermo Reaño

Social communicator and educator. Founder of Grupo Viajeros, a Peruvian organization leader in the promotion of sustainable tourism and biodiversity conservation. He currently directs the magazine Viajeros and the blog Solo para Viajeros. He has been vice president of the Peruvian Association of Tourism and Ecotourism, creator of the Diploma in Innovation and Tourism Management at the University Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, director of the school Los Reyes Rojos and president of the Human Dignity and Solidarity Association. His environmental reports are published in Mongabay Latam, La Mula and important media in Peru and abroad. 

Luis Eduardo Cisneros

Social and Strategic Communicator, trained in psychology at PUCP, with master's degrees in Communication for Development (Ohio University) and Marketing (Centrum/PUCP). He worked as advisor to the ministerial office and Director of Communications at the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, after working for the Peruvian Society of Environmental Law. He is currently General Manager of Lec & Hunter-Comunicación Estratégica. He has directed national and multinational projects on integrated communication systems and interventions in social and development communication.