Richenel Ansano is an anthropologist, heritage consultant and transcultural healer.
Trained as a cultural anthropologist he first directed cultural research for the island of Curaçao, subsequently engaging in cultural policy work and directing the Culture Affairs Bureau of the government. Later on he served, in the USA, as Associate Director of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, Executive Director of the Global Medicine Education Foundation, and is a founding member of the ReVisioining Medicine Council.
More recently he was Director of the National Archaeological and Anthropological Memory Management in Curaçao and first President of the National Platform for the Decade of People of African Descent. He was a founding member the Curaçao Monuments Council and is a Global Facilitator for the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage and advisor to the Curaçao National Commission for UNESCO.