About UNESCO Office in Lima

Who are we

Peru has been the Member State of UNESCO since 1946. UNESCO, whose representation in the country was established in 1995, works together with the Peruvian State providing technical assistance to various sectors in order to contribute to the achievement of its objectives. 
Peru is considered an upper-middle-income country, due to the high and sustained economic growth achieved during the last 10 years. However, while in the 2001-2007 period per capita GDP rose by 30.8 per cent, poverty was reduced by only 10.5 points, maintaining inequality and social exclusion.

UNESCO Office in Peru

Different economic and social indicators indicate the existence of important gaps and place the country among the most inequitable in Latin America (in 2007, the ratio between the highest and lowest expenditure decile was 15.8 times), which is, in turn, the most unequal region in the world. These indicators show major challenges for the country.

The UNESCO Lima Office has a staff of 24 people, in addition to consultants and volunteer collaborators. Together they contribute every day to the consolidation of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and information in Peru.


Ernesto Fernández Polcuch
Director of the Office in Lima
Teresa Picón
Administration Officer

Management Assistance

Ms. Fátima Barbero
Technical Coordinator
Ms. Inés Castro
Assistant to the Representative
Luciana Collada
Intersectoral Programmatic Assistant

Culture Sector

Enrique López-Hurtado
Coordinator of the Cultural Sector
José Díaz
Intangible Heritage Specialist
Gloria Lescano
Creative Sector Specialist

Education Sector

Fernando Berríos
National Program Officer
Sandra Carrillo
National Project Associate
Martín Vegas
Horizons Project Coordinator

Patricia Correa
Horizons Territorial Management Strategy Specialist
Alex Ríos
Horizons Evaluation and Monitoring Specialist
Celia Queyana
Horizons Program Specialist

Lisbeth Delgado
Horizons Program Specialist
Carlos Barrios
Technical Assistant to the Horizons Program
Manuel Mestanza
Education Specialist

Luis Salazar
Educational Strategy Specialist - Horizons South Zone

Science Sector

Ruth Escárate
Specialist in Natural Resources Preservation

Communication and Information Sector

Belén Quintana
Basque Program Partner

Public Information and Image Area

Karol Altamirano
César Rodriguez
Graphic Designer
Ernesto Nieto
ECW Project Communicator


Diana Melgar
Financial Assistant
Orlando Cuzcano
Mirtha Fachinetti
Programmatic - Administrative Liaison

Ana Serván
Administrative Assistant for Travel Management
Gabriela López
Administrative and Procurement Assistant
Doris Soto
Documentary Management Assistant

Mario Otero
Procurement Assistant
Rimanet Soto
Logistic Assistant
Rosario Chávez

Information and Technology

Pedro Mendoza
Technology and Information Assistant
Luis Dulanto
Technical Support and Web