Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Enrique Ortiz is a tropical ecologist who conducts research on species and ecological systems in coastal areas, deserts, highlands, and tropical forests. He co-founded the Andes-Amazon Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Amazon Conservation Association. Enrique is also known throughout Peru and Latin America for his leadership in biodiversity and ecosystem conservation.
For over a decade, Enrique has helped fund agencies that support conservation in the Andes-Amazon region. He worked for the Tropical Americas Program at the blue moon fund, serving as Senior Program Officer and Program Director. There, he worked alongside former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and Dr. Adrian Forsyth to support domestic and international Amazon conservation groups.
Enrique currently serves as a board member of the Amazon Conservation Association and President of the Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin (ACCA), a leading Peruvian NGO. For nine years, he also served as a board member of the National Protected Area Service (SERNANP), a division of the Peruvian Ministry of Environment. He holds degrees from San Marcos University and Princeton University.