H.E. Amb. Juan Mayr Maldonado
Ambassador of Colombia to Germany
Ambassador Mayr was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1993, for leading a struggle for protecting biodiversity in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. He lived two years with the Kogi, and founded the Fundación Pro-Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in 1986. In 1994 the Colombian government returned 19,500 hectares of traditional lands to the indigenous peoples of the Sierra Nevada.
On 30 August 2011, President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón appointed Mayr Ambassador of Colombia to Germany during a ceremony at the Palace of Nariño; Ambassador Mayr Maldonado presented his credentials to President Christian Wulff on 19 October 2011 at the Bellevue Palace.
"The Challenges of Cultural Diversity: The Case Study of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta"
A Lecture by Ambassador of Colombia to Germany, H.E. Amb. Juan Mayr Maldonado
International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Latin America
(Berlin; August 14th, 2013)