Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bolivia
Fernando Huanacuni

Summary

Fernando Huanacuni was born into an Aymara family on May 29th 1966 in La Paz, Bolivia. He has been Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Plurinational State of Bolivia since February 23d 2017. Mr Huanacuni is a lawyer by profession and also a researcher into ancestral lifeways and the history of indigenous people. He has been an activist in Bolivia and throughout the continent, promoting the reconstitution of ancestral identities for indigenous and original nations. From 1983 onwards he began to travel around South America, Central America, North America and Europe, giving talks on the value of ancestral knowledge and promoting a return to the logics of communitarian practices. He holds a degree in Law from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA), La Paz, Bolivia and has taught at several universities on indigenous and customary law.  He was presenter and director of the morning programme ‘Taypi Uta’ on Canal 4 RTP (2005-10) and is the author of several volumes on ‘Living Well’ and legal pluralism.