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Eliane Karp


Eliane Karp (born 1955), a French-born anthropologist and economist, is the wife of the president of Peru, Alejandro Toledo, with whom she has a daughter, Chantal.

Eliane Chantal Karp Fernenbug was born in Paris. As a teen, she was a member of the left-wing youth movement Hashomer Hatzair, and lived briefly on a kibbutz in Israel.

She studied economics at the Lycee Francais in Brussels, and in 1971 moved to Israel and specialized in Latin American Studies and earned her B.A. in anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She subsequently traveled to the United States to do her Master's and Ph.D. in anthropology at Stanford University, with a minor in Finance and "Economy of Development". At Stanford, she met Toledo and married him in 1979. Karp first came to Peru in the late 1970s to study Indian (indigenous) communities while working on her Ph.D.

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