Germán Freire works as a social development specialist at the World Bank, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He joined the Bank in 2012, and has focused his work since then on safeguards and applied research related to indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, including various aspects of their current status, ethnic minority reparations in post-conflict Colombia, and social conflict and mining in Peru, among others. He led and is main author of a regional report on Indigenous Latin America in the Twenty-First Century and of two reports on conflict resolution and prior consultations in the mining sector of Peru.
Before joining the Bank, he served as coordinator of the research unit of the Indigenous Health Bureau of Venezuela, where he helped adapt the national healthcare system to the needs and perspectives of the indigenous population. Prior to that position, he briefly taught on anthropology and the environment at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and was an undergrad tutor of general anthropology at the University of Oxford (England). Germán has a master’s degree and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Oxford, and has published several books and journal articles on medical anthropology, human ecology, and development.