Lucia Ruiz / Former Minister of Environment / Perú
Lucia Ruiz has over 25 years of experience in designing and implementing public policies and projects at the intersection of indigenous peoples and local communities and their traditional knowledge and natural resource management and environmental policy. She previously served as the Peruvian Vice Minister and Minister of Environment (2018 – 2019) and is currently a board member of Perú National Superintendence of Water and Sanitation Services and of Architecture for REDD+ Transactions.
Lucia has held executive leadership roles in both public institutions and nonprofit organizations. In addition to her service as Minister of Environment, she was the first President of National Court of Water Disputes (2014 – 2016) and former board member of several public organizations as National Water Agency (ANA), National Forest and Wildlife Agency (SERFOR), National Protected Areas Agency (SERNANP), Protected Areas National Fund (PROFONANPE), Environment Fund (FONAM). In nonprofit organizations, Lucia has served as conservation director of WWF – Perú (2016 – 2018) and CEO of CIMA Cordillera Azul (2004 – 2011).
As a Professor of Water Law, Lucia is a frequent speaker about natural resources and protected areas in national and international events and a passionate teacher.
Lucia earned her legal degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and completed her studies for a MBA from CENTRUM (Perú) and a Masters in Sustainable Development in Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Perú). She currently resides in Lima, Perú.