Alfonso Castellanos is a social anthropologist with over 25 years of experience in the culture sector, focusing on cultural information systems, statistics and indicators, and policy evaluation. As an independent consultant for international organizations such as UNESCO, the Organization of American States, the Organization of Ibero-American States and the Inter-American Development Bank, he has coordinated regional projects in Latin America and the Caribbean and national projects in Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Jamaica, Peru and Mozambique. He has led workshops in Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Persian Gulf. He provided expertise to the Inter-American Development Bank for the development of the Cultural Information System of the Americas, with the participation of 26 countries (www.sicla.org). He led the Task Force that reviewed the 2009 UNESCO Framework for Culture Statistics, and was the coordinator of Strategic and Prospective Studies at CONACULTA (Mexico), to generate, disseminate and analyze information for cultural policies.