Mindahi Bastida Muñoz has been the first Director of the Original Caretakers Initiative at the Center for Earth Ethics. He serves as the General Coordinator of the Otomi-Toltec Regional Council in Mexico, a caretaker of the philosophy and traditions of the Otomi people, and has been an Otomi Ritual Ceremony Officer since 1988. Born in Tultepec, Lerma, Mexico, he holds a PhD of Rural Development from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and is the President of the Mexico Council of Sustainable Development.
Bastida Muñoz is a member of the Steering Committee of the Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative, and has served as a delegate to several commissions and summits on indigenous rights and the environment. He has written on the relationship between the state and Indigenous peoples, intercultural education, collective intellectual property rights and associated traditional knowledge, among other topics.