Luis Gilberto Murillo-Urrutia, MLK Fellow

Luis Gilberto Murillo is the former Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia and has served in many key positions in the public sector in Colombia. Before being appointed Minister of Environment, he was elected Governor of the predominantly Afro-Colombian State of Choco, and has served as Presidential Advisor and Director for the Pacific Region Development Plan under President Santos’ administration.

He has over 30 years of experience and ample achievements in public policy design, implementation and advocacy. particularly in the areas of sustainable regional development, environmental protection and management of natural resources, social inclusion and peace building. Throughout his career, Minister Murillo has worked to make the voices of marginalized Colombians heard in the policy debate both in Colombia and the US, and has built links between Afro-Colombian and African American elected officials.

Mr. Murillo-Urrutia is a mining engineer with a Master of Science in Engineering. Currently, he is a Martin Luther King fellow at the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative where conducts research on environmental justice, with a focus on carbon policy and its impacts on Afro-descendant communities in Colombia. He is also Research Fellow at the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLALS) at American University in Washington, DC, and senior evaluation consultant on natural resource management, equity and inclusion for the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).