The Independent Advisory Panel on Development Issues in South-Central Peru was formally established at the end of 2009 in the context of the Peru LNG Project. The panel was established as an independent and ad-honorem body to advise the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and other interested parties on the environmental and social effects of development in south-central Peru. It is based in Lima.

Current members

2015 - present


Lawyer with Master on Public Policy, professor at Catholic University of Lima and UPC. He has been part of the Peruvian negotiating team and energy coordinator at COP 20. Former Energy Vice-Minister of Peru. He has also been energy and environment consultant for the World Bank, IDB, UNDP, GTZ, WWF and CEPLAN.

Master at Carlos III University of Spain, graduated on Political Sciences, Master at PUCP, postgraduated on ESAN. He also has a specialization on environmental legislation at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain and a specialization on Energy Contracts at the Petroleum Institute of Texas.

Technical advisor for the annual competition that rewards best State practices, in charge of Ciudadanos al día (CAD). Member of the Solar Energy and Environment Peruvian Association. He has been Regional Director for Latin America of Global Village Energy Partnership International, who was in charge of “ideas” competitive fund in agreement between IDB and GIZ. He has been senior advisor of the Energy and Mines Comission and advisor of the Economy Commission at Peruvian Congress. He has worked on the national strategy for mitigating climate change. He has been consultant for the 2013 Report on Peruvian Human development.
He has promoted the energy reform in the country, environmental regulations on hydrocarbon sector, the Law ammendment on electricity concessions, the 1002 Legislative Decree, the first promoter framewok for renewable energy, the creation of rural electricity concession, the CARELEC fund for promoting training and education on energy, the regulation for consultation and citizen participation on extractive industry, the creation of the strategic planning group on energy sector and the Renewal Energy Master Plan for isolated villages.

Author of several books: "OIL, ENVIRONMENT AND NATIVE COMMUNITIES", "ENERGY IN PERU: WHERE DO WE GO?" published by EBERT Foundation, Working Papers: “"Strategic Planning and Renewable Energy", published by CEPLAN on 2011, the book "Complex Society, justice and development", published by the Catholic University of Lima Publishing Fund, among other publications and articles.

Glenn H. Shepard Jr.

Dept. Anthropology
Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi
Dr. Glenn Sheppard, Jr. is fluent in several of the languages spoken by indigenous people of the Amazon forest and is researcher and curator of ethnology in the Department of Anthropology at the Emilio Goeldi Museum in Belem, Brazil. He is an acknowledged researcher and professor of international renown and works as adjunct professor of the botany and ecology departments at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) in Manaus (Brazil). He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the universities of Sao Paulo in Brazil and East Anglia at Norwich in the United Kingdom.

Throughout his career he has received numerous grants and scholarships. These include the Individual Research Productivity award and the research grant on Ethnomuseology, both granted by the Brazilian National Science Council; a Visiting Fellowship from the Sao Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP) for conducting linguistic, genetic, ethnologic and ethno-botanic studies of Amazonian crops; the Hunt Writing Fellowship awarded by the Wenner Green Foundation; the National Geographic Society Research and Exploration Grant and the Leverhulme Trust Biodiversity Programme Research Fellowship for his studies on the Machiguengas in the Manu area in Peru. His projects have been financed by many prestigious organizations, among them the Biodiversity Grant Program of the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment and National Biodiversity Program, the Amazon State Research Foundation (FAPEAM) Research Fellowship, the A.L. Green Fund Fellowship of Harvard University, the University of Berkeley in California, the Göttingen University in Western Germany and the University of Princeton.

He is associate editor for the magazines Economic Botany and the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine and peer reviewer for the Journal of Ethnobiology and occasionally for Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Goeldiana and Interciencia. He is also a filmmaker and has made a number of documentary films and videos, including the Emmy-Award-winning “Spirits of the Rainforest”. At present he publishes a blog “Notes from the Ethnoground”.

Dr. Sheppard studied at Princeton University where he won the National Merit Scholarship and graduated cum laude in Medical Anthropology and Ethno-botany. He was awarded a master’s degree in anthropology and his doctorate by the University of California, Berkeley, in the Joint Program in Medical Anthropology with U.C. San Francisco. He has published several specialized essays and a number of books.
Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi
Av. Perimetral 1901
Terra Firme - Belém de Pará, PA
66077-830 Brazil

Miguel Santillana Santos

Main Researcher, Institute of Peru- San Martin de Porras University
Dr. Santillana is an economist from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru; he has developed its doctoral studies on economics at Manchester University and has different diplomas from various national and international universities on economics, administration, finances, environmental and development issues. He has specialized on mining and community relationships issues. He has several publications related to economic development at national, Latin American and Caribbean level. He has also been an economic commentator on national radio programs.

Throughout his career, he has developed consulting works on various development institutions and private companies as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on issues related to mining and community relationships. He has also taught at university Economy and Finance issues; internationally at Manchester University, Manchester Business School and Manchester Metropolitan University; as well as nationally at undergraduate and postgraduate level, at Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC) and the Division of Vocational Studies EPE of UPC. He has also been consultant for the Division of Natural Resources and Infrastructure of United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribe (ECLAC). He has developed research on the activities framework of Camisea project, and several investigations related to implications for local governments of Camisea Project and financial evaluation of gas canon resources and Camisea Development Fund (FOCAM).

Past members


Gonzalo Castro de la Mata

The panel since its beginning until late 2014 was chaired by Dr. Gonzalo Castro de la Mata, a recognized international figure in the environmental field with senior experience leading international organizations and scientific and environmental processes. He has extensive experience worldwide, with emphasis on the Latin American region.

Dr. Castro de la Mata is the chairman and a founder of Ecosystem Services LLC. He has been managing director and executive vice-president for the Americas with Sustainable Forestry Management Ltd., where he was responsible for investments that generated the first forestry carbon credits in Latin America. Previously, he served as the Head of the Biodiversity Unit at the Global Environment Facility (GEF), where he was responsible for a portfolio of over 500 projects with a combined value of over US$4 billion. He has also served as the principal environmental specialist at the World Bank, where he led processes to incorporate environmental issues into the bank’s regular lending portfolio, with a combined value of over US$ 2 billion. At the World Bank, he was also a key player in the establishment of the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund. He has also served as the director and vice-president of WWF's Latin American and Caribbean Program in Washington, and founded Wetlands for the Americas, an international environmental NGO.

He has published over one hundred and twenty scientific and general articles in journals, magazines and books. Dr. Castro obtained a doctorate in ecology and population biology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1988 and bachelor and master’s degrees in biology and biophysics from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru in 1983.

Richard Chase Smith

Executive Director, Instituto del Bien Común
Dr. Richard Smith has lived and worked among the Yanesha and other indigenous and non-indigenous residents of the Andean Amazon since the late 1960s. His research has focused on the historical links between Andean and Amazonian peoples, the music, cosmology and oral history of the Yanesha people (Peru), the politics of land and resource tenure for Amazonian peoples, natural resource management in Amazonian communities and the relationship between indigenous peoples and natural protected areas. He has published several dozen books and articles on these themes over the past three decades.

He has a doctorate in anthropology and linguistics from Cornell University, was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University and has taught in the Graduate School of both the National Agrarian University at La Molina and the University of San Marcos in Lima. Dr. Smith is a founder and current director of the Instituto del Bien Común which has offices in Lima, Iquitos, Pucallpa and Oxapampa, Peru. He is the recent winner of the Pekka Soini Prize for Research Contribution to Biodiversity Conservation in Peru awarded by the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (IIAP).

For the past eight years Dr. Smith has been mapping the culture and history of the Yanesha people based on collective memory and oral history, working with dozens of elders in the process. To date, five thousand have been mapped within a very large transect of the central Peruvian Andes that stretches from the Pacific coast to the upper Amazon region. The results are raising new questions about the origins of civilization on the central coast of Peru. Dr. Smith has recently produced a collection of four videos on the mapping process and its results, one of which was selected to be presented at the Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival in Great Britain (2007).
Instituto del Bien Común
Avda. Petit Thouars 4381
Miraflores, Lima 18, Perú
Tel: (511) 440-0006, 421-7579
Fax: (511) 440-6688
2011 - 2012

Juan José Garrido Koechlin

Director, Stratega
Executive director, Instituto Acción
Dr. Juan José Garrido Koechlin is an executive and a thinker who works as a consultant and academic and is also a well-known television commentator. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and his master’s degree in business administration from St. Edward’s University at Austin, Texas, has an Executive MBA from Quebec University (Montreal), a master’s degree in research and a doctorate in administrative sciences from ESADE (Barcelona).

Dr. Garrido has extensive experience as executive with a variety of organizations. He worked as executive director for Soluciones Empresariales contra la Pobreza (SEP), Business Development Manager at GMD SA and as a member of the executive councils of Corporación Infarmasa and the National Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (ADIFAN). He is currently the director of Stratega, a company that provides business consultancy services in the areas of strategic solutions for complex problems and as executive director of the Instituto Acción, a politics and economics think tank. He is the host of the television program Rumbo Económico on the Peruvian channel Canal N and is the chief columnist of the El Comercio newspaper.

He has worked as lecturer at several universities (UPC, USIL and ESAN) and has published specialist articles in academic reviews. Dr. Garrido is also known for his intellectual and humanitarian work and his interest in sport. He is a founder member of the National Society of Knowledge, a member of the board of the Fundación ANAR (Help for Children at Risk), chair of the Liberal Society and member of the Mont Pélèrin Society. From his high school days he has taken part in various sporting competitions, including athletics and triathlons, such as the Ironman race in Florida.
Instituto Acción
2009 - 2011

Patricia Majluf Chiok

Director, Center for Environmental Sustainability of the Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH)
Dr. Patricia Majluf is Peruvian and is the founder and current director of the Center for Environmental Sustainability of the Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH) in Lima, Peru. She was awarded her degree in Biology at the UPCH (1980) and her doctorate in zoology at the University of Cambridge, UK (1988). Since 1982, she has directed the longest-running research program in coastal Peru, studying the impacts of El Niño and fishing on marine wildlife populations. Since 1996 she has led marine conservation efforts in Peru, promoting the establishment of marine protected areas and developing public awareness about the socio-economic impact of industrial fishing of anchovy (Engraulis ringens) and its effect on ecosystems. This is part of an ongoing effort to develop the conditions necessary for implementing an ecosystem-based management for the Humboldt Upwelling Ecosystem. Her most successful initiative led to a nation-wide increase in direct consumption of anchovy, the keystone species of this ecosystem, which is generally over-fished and mostly processed and exported as feed for aquaculture and factory farming. From 2003 – 2008 Dr. Majluf was one of the leaders of a coalition of national and international conservation organizations and professionals working to reduce the environmental impact of the Camisea natural gas development mega-project, particularly on the Paracas Marine Reserve. For her work in marine conservation she has won the Charlotte Wyman Award for Women in Conservation, the Lindbergh Award, the Whitley Gold Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and recently the St. Louis Zoo Marlin Perkins’ Conservation Award.
Centro para la Sostenibilidad Ambiental
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH)
Armendáriz 445
Miraflores, Lima 18, Perú
Tel: (511) 626-9401, 626-9402
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