Germán Freire works as a senior 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 operational social development, safeguards, and applied research, in areas such as social inclusion, healthcare delivery, community driven development, ethnic minorities’ reparations in post-conflict situations, and conflict resolution and community engagement, among others. He has also provided analytical and operational support to numerous task teams in Latin America and other regions, working on aspects spanning from poverty reduction and nutrition to service delivery and statistical capacity building.
Germán co-led and is main author of two regional flagship reports, among other publications, one on Indigenous Latin America in the Twenty-First Century (2016), and other on Afro-descendants in Latin America: Toward a Framework of Inclusion (2018). This research has informed the Bank’s dialogue with governments and guide operational work aimed at improving the lives and fostering the social inclusion of indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants throughout the region.
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 Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Oxford, and has published several books and journal articles on medical anthropology, human ecology, and development.