Luis Felipe Duchicela

Luis Felipe Duchicela

Senior Advisor for Indigenous Peoples

Luis Felipe Duchicela serves as the Senior Advisor for Indigenous Peoples for the World Bank based in Washington, D.C. His primary job is to create a constructive dialogue with Indigenous Peoples worldwide to achieve deeper understanding and to work together toward sustainable development. He also assists the World Bank’s regional and country offices to better assess the situation of Indigenous Peoples and prepare plans and programs that take into account their ancestral knowledge, cultural identity and legal rights.

Luis Felipe is Ecuadorian, of Quechua descent from the Puruha People of the Chimborazo province in the central Andes of Ecuador and brings substantial experience from the private, government, and non-profit sectors throughout Latin America. He was the first National Secretary of Indigenous Affairs in Ecuador in 1994.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Luis Felipe served as the Executive Director of the Amazon Conservation Association based in Washington, D.C., leading this biodiversity conservation NGO with special focus on the Peruvian and Bolivian Amazon regions.

During his professional career, he has worked on social and economic development projects, where he promoted sustainable agricultural production in the Chapare, Bolivia, and then directed cocoa production in the Ecuadorean Amazon. He served for six years as Regional Director for Rainforest Alliance, first in Central America and Mexico and later in Ecuador and the Andean Amazon Region, where he was in charge of promoting Best Management Practices and Sustainable Livelihoods in Agriculture, Forestry, and Tourism in fragile ecosystems of these countries.

Luis Felipe is an Architect and Regional Planner from the Universidad Central del Ecuador in Quito and has a Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale University, with emphasis in Finance, Corporate Strategies, and Quantitative Analysis.