Fidel has more than 25 years of experience in international development. He is passionate about community economic development and how it relates to bio-diversity conservation. He was country director of two UNESCO funded bio-diversity projects in Guatemala and Honduras. He was also the director of the Guatemalan National Park Punta de Manabique, where he worked to promote the health and economic development of the 20 indigenous communities living in the park. These projects were designed to both benefit the communities while at the same time protecting the biodiversity of the area.
He has published numerous academic papers, and presented at conferences around the world, including Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and China.
Fidel has taught undergraduate classes at the University of Colorado, in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and has taught master’s level classes at the University of Denver, Korbel School of International Studies.
He did his post graduate studies at the University of Colorado Denver: PhD in Environmental Design and Planning, ABD. Before that he got his MS in Resource Development from Michigan State University. His BS is from Wayne State University: Sociology and Anthropology and Ethnobotany.
Fidel was born in Guatemala City, and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado. In his free time he studies history, Archeology, and nutrition. He is also a keen sports enthusiast.