Environment – Climate Change – Natural Resources
Luis Gilberto Murillo-Urrutia is a well-known national political figure in Colombia. He has more than 30 years of experience in public policy design, implementation, and advocacy; particularly, in the areas of sustainable regional development, environmental protection, social inclusion, and peace building. He has served in key positions in the public sector. He was elected governor of the predominantly Afro-Colombian State of Choco, and under President Santos’ administration, he served as Presidential Advisor and Director for the Todos Somos PAZcifico Development Plan and later served as Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development. As Minister, Murillo-Urrutia, within the framework of the implementation of the historic 2016 peace accord, he lead the most ambitious expansion of natural protected areas in the country by tripling their size as a key measure to fight deforestation and protect biodiversity. He was a central figure in leading the formulation and implementation of the national climate change policy framework under the Paris Agreement, the national climate change management law, the national carbon tax, and the voluntary carbon market.
Mr. Murillo-Urrutia is a mining engineer with a Master’s of Science in Engineering. He is a research fellow at the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLALS) at American University in Washington, DC and Senior Evaluation Consultant on natural resources management, equity, and inclusion for the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Currently, Murillo-Urrutia is a Martin Luther King. Jr, Fellow at MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, advising and leading policy research on climate change, nature solutions, and environmental justice.