Cross-Cultural Consulting Services

World Hydropower Congress  |  14-16 May 2019  |  Paris


Speaker biography

Greg Guldin is the President of Cross-Cultural Consulting Services. He is an anthropologist who has served on or advised Indigenous Peoples policy formulation teams in the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Asian Development Bank (ABD) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

In 2010, Greg facilitated the first private sector achievement of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) principle, and since then has worked with project management and staff to operationalise FPIC across a range of brown and greenfield projects. Most recently, IFC engaged him to lead the successful effort to achieve consent for the UT-1 Hydropower Project in Nepal, providing guidelines for similar efforts globally.

Greg is intimately familiar with the details of FPIC standards and the intricacies of negotiating its implementation. He authored ADB’s Indigenous Peoples Policy Handbook, and co-authored the World Bank Indigenous Peoples Policy Guidebook; both of these provided internal guidance to IFI staff in order to implement their Indigenous Peoples policies.