The recognition and protection of our rights as indigenous peoples is a struggle for our own existence.
Diego A. Tituaña
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador
Diego A. Tituaña, a Kichwa Otavalo from Ecuador, is a diplomat of the Ecuadorian Foreign Service. He has multilateral experience in human rights, disarmament, and migration issues.
Diego is currently serving as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Ecuador Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
From 2020 to 2022, in his capacity as head of the Technical Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the province of Imbabura, he oversaw human mobility and foreign policy issues in the northern border area.
In 2014, Diego became the first indigenous career diplomat that was appointed at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations. From 2014 to 2019, he was the facilitator of the United Nations Resolution on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Under his leadership, the United Nations started two important actions for the indigenous peoples: the process of enhancing their participation at the United Nations and the Proclamation of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
Diego is a 2019 Yale Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellow and 2021 Draper Hills Summer Fellow from Stanford University. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales, and a BA in International Relations from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. In addition, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Advanced Studies in Human Rights at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.