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Enrique Ortiz

Amazon Conservation Association
Vice President and co-founder
Enrique Ortiz was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He is trained as a tropical ecologist (San Marcos University in Lima, and Princeton University), with a long history of research on species and ecological systems in coastal/marine, deserts, highlands and tropical forest ecosystems.

His specialty is community ecology (plant animal interactions) and has authored several research papers and popular articles on a variety of themes, mainly on species biology, and management of non-timber forest products, particularly on Brazil nuts. Enrique has a solid knowledge of tropical forests from biological, social, economic and political perspectives.

Apart from his biological sciences background, Enrique is perhaps better known for his activism and leadership in Peru and Latin America on the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems. He has worked with several Peruvian, Amazonian and North American non-governmental organizations. He is a founder and board member of the Amazon Conservation Association and President of the Asociacion para la Conservacion de la Cuenca Amazonica, a leading Peruvian NGO. For well over a decade he has worked for funding agencies in efforts to support conservation in the Andes-Amazon region. Together with Adrian Forsyth, Enrique is the founder of the Andes Amazon Program of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Currently he is the Director of the Andes Amazon Fund, supporting local and international groups in efforts to protect Amazon rainforests. In addition to it, he serves in the board of directors of the National Protected Area System of the Environment Ministry of the Peruvian Government.

Enrique is also an active outdoorsman and enjoys motorcycling on the roads of the Eastern US. He lives in Washington, DC with his partner and dog Picchu, and travels frequently to Amazonian counties and other unpredictable wilderness spots.