Armando “Mandu” Medinaceli, Indigenous Education Director NATIFS

Armando Medinaceli, Ph.D. is a Bolivian ethnobiologist with extensive experience collaborating with indigenous peoples in Bolivia, Mexico, and Guatemala as well as teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in the United States and Bolivia. He has over fifteen years of experience working in ethnobiology, indigenous foodways and food sovereignty, biocultural diversity, sustainability, climate change, community conservation, collaborative video, and more. Through his collaborative approach to research and his experience as a professor, he has led research and programs with an educational focus always highlighting the emic (local) perspectives and supporting the self-determination of indigenous communities.

As part of his commitment to ethically collaborate with indigenous peoples, he serves as co-coordinator for the Latin American Society of Ethnobiology’s ethics committee, and as a member of the Society of Ethnobiology’s ethics and advocacy committee.

As the Indigenous Education Director at NATIFS, he works on the design, coordination, and implementation of the organization’s education and research programs.