MARIANELA CAMACHO (VENEZUELA)

JAHP Board Member

Marianela Camacho is Venezuelan born. She was elected to the JAHP Board of Directors in 2017, but her interest began when she first saw Angel Falls in 2001 and met Karen Angel in the Kamarata Valley in 2012.

Marianela received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and a Master’s of Science degree in Comprehensive Planning for Tourist Development from Universidad del Zulia (LUZ) in Venezuela and a PhD. in Tourism and Leisure at Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Catalunya, Spain.

After graduating in 2002 as an Architect, she started to work in master planning for small villages, natural areas and indigenous communities in her region, Zulia state.

In 2005, she started her academic career at LUZ as a Professor and Researcher of Architecture and Design. She promotes different projects of local development through culture, leisure, and ephemeral spaces.

In 2011, with the support of Angel Conservation, she went to the Kamarata Valley and decided to focus her efforts, experience, and knowledge to assist indigenous communities with sustainable local development in Canaima National Park.

She is the Communications Manager of the Global Ecotourism Network (GEN), Country Representative of PUP Global Heritage Consortium for Venezuela and the Director of Tourism Management at Fundación Etnika and dedicates her work to the Pemón culture − its documentation and sustaining its historical and environmental legacy for future generations.