Ricard Faura holds a PhD in social psychology and a master's degree in social anthropology. He is a bridge weaver at ICEERS and associate professor at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), where he has been teaching for 20 years. Over the past few years, he has worked together with local and international communities for the biocultural conservation of indigenous medicines. This conservation work has focused on ayahuasca and iboga, bio-cultures and knowledge systems, as well as the greater living ecosystems. In 2019, he was initiated to the Mabandzi rite of the Bwiti tradition, in Gabon. He is currently an Advisor to the Indigenous Medicines Conservation Fund.