Featured Authors

​Some of our featured authors are included in this page, along with selected quotations from their books

  • Luciano Bornholdt is a social anthropologist from Brazil with a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. He conducted fieldwork research with indigenous groups from the Amazon region and other parts of Latin America, including gauchos and ranchers, people involuntarily displaced from their homes, and descendants of German and Italian immigrants, among others. Luciano built a career in international development, working as a social development specialist for multilateral development organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, before retiring from that line of work and embarking on a long-term tour around the world. Having walked 500 miles to Santiago de Compostela as a pilgrim and spent some time is Asia, he plans to continue traveling for the foreseeable future.

  • Glend Seitz is a Peruvian anthropologist with extensive experience with indigenous peoples. He holds a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology and a master's degree in Amazonian studies from the University of San Marcos, Peru. He started studying the way of life of the Awajún two decades ago, when he was an undergraduate student who became fascinated by both their ancestral traditions and their rapid cultural change. He currently lives in the city of Chachapoyas, Peru, working for a nonprofit organization as regional coordinator of environmental conservation initiatives and sustainable development projects, with the Awajún and other local communities.

  • Rodolfo Tello is an anthropologist who has worked extensively in international development, particularly on issues such as environmental conservation, sustainable development, and cultural change among indigenous communities. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from American University and a master's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently works for a multilateral development organization, implementing its safeguard policies across several countries of Latin America. For additional information, visit www.rodolfotello.com


Selected Quotations

"Social safeguards seek to avoid the unintended negative impacts of projects... the most vulnerable population should not be the one who bears most of the negative effects of development projects without appropriate measures to mitigate them."
Rodolfo Tello / Social Safeguards: Avoiding the Unintended Impacts of Development
"Indigenous communities should not be perceived in isolation but in relation to the non-indigenous population living close to their territories... in many cases, the focus on the hunting practices of indigenous peoples as drivers of biodiversity loss has been misplaced."
Rodolfo Tello / Hunting Practices of the Wachiperi: Demystifying Indigenous Environmental Behavior