Luis Alberto Fierro
Economic and social development specialist, interested in expanding educational opportunities
Luis Alberto Fierro is a specialist in economic, social and environmental development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
He currently works as the Climate Change Finance Adviser to the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC, http://ailac.org/). Before that, he was the Director of Programs and Resource Mobilization at Grupo FARO, the premier think tank on public policies in Ecuador (www.grupofaro.org).
Previously, he held several high level positions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), including Resource Mobilization Lead Specialist at the Office in Europe; Coordinator of the Programming and Private Sector Section of the Office of the Secretary; and Senior Program Coordinator at the Sustainable Development Department. The IDB promotes projects, programs, policies and strategies for development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Before that, he was the representative of the Government of Ecuador at the Board of Executive Directors of the International Monetary Fund; Economic and Business Editor at Diario Hoy (a national daily newspaper in Ecuador); and an economic and social researcher for various institutions, including the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the Latin American Social Research Institution (ILDIS), and the National Council of Universities and Polytechnic Schools of Ecuador (CONUEP).
He holds an Economist degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, and graduate degrees in Economic Development, International Economics, Public Finance and Environmental Economics from the University of Oregon and the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds graduate level certificates in development program monitoring and evaluation from the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET); and on Management for Development Results from the Inter-American Institute for Social Development (INDES).
Luis Fierro has written, contributed to, edited and translated numerous books, academic essays and articles. A partial list of publications is available here.
Luis Fierro is a volunteer for several programs dedicated to expanding educational opportunities for low-income and minority students, including: EcuadorMiPaís (an NGO that raises funds to promote the education of low-income children in Ecuador), "Alcanzando Metas" Foundation (which promotes educational access for Hispanic female youth), the Center for the Advancement of Hispanics in Science and Engineering Education (CAHSEE), the Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee of the Fairfax County School Board (MSAOC), and the PTSA Diversity Committee of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
He also supports the Pascuales Community Center being developed by Children of Guayaquil; the "Casa Victoria" educational project in Quito, Ecuador; the youth symphonic orchestras organized by the Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil del Ecuador (FOSJE); and the Friends of the World Food Programme (WFP; also http://www.causes.com/feedhaiti).
He portrayed the role of "Jorge" in the play "Esperando la Carroza", presented by the IDB Theater Club.
His parents are Gustavo Fierro (Ph.D. in Linguistics, professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito), and Fanny Carrión de Fierro (Doctorate in Literature, former professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador). His brother, Gustavo, is a medical doctor, specialized in internal medicine; and is an accomplished mountain climber, having published a book of photographs, Retorno a las Alturas. His sister is an ATA certified translator, with The Best Translations, and also holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Oregon.
Married to Vanessa Villanueva, who holds a M.Sc. degree in Psychology. Two sons, Juan Fernando Fierro (B.A., University of Virginia) and Pablo Antonio Fierro (B.A. College of William and Mary, M.A. in English, Portland State University).