Announcing our new Executive Director

The Assembly of Associates of the Instituto del Bien Común – IBC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ernesto Ráez Luna to the position of Executive Director, effective as of February 1, 2021.

Ernesto Ráez Luna is a renowned tropical ecologist with extensive experience in institutional management, interdisciplinary research and education in conservation, environment and development with a focus on the Andean-Amazon region of Peru and the Colombian Chocó.

Before his appointment to the IBC, Ernesto advised several entities, including the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment, where he led the Initiative Against Illegal Mining, as well as the Public Front Team for COP20. He was Director of Science and Development at the Center for Environmental Sustainability of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and founded the School of Economics and Environmental Management at Universidad Ruiz de Montoya.

A biologist trained at the Universidad Nacional Agraria – La Molina, Ernesto has a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. In 2008, he received the Nature Conservation Award from The Whitley Fund for Nature and World Wildlife Fund.

The Assembly of Associates of IBC and the management team wish to thank Dr. Richard Chase Smith once again for the vision and leadership provided to the Institute over two decades. We trust that this important transition that began in January 2020 will take place smoothly, allowing us to continue developing together with local populations, and advance our work in favor of the adequate management of the Common in Peru.