Gil is Oaxacan and originally a peasant farmer. He has troubles defining himself. According to his credentials, he is a communication specialist with a Master in Rural Development.
As a student he traveled through Costa Rica and Nicaragua, learning about and facilitating local development processes. As part of his Master thesis, he supported the territorial planning in a Miskitu community, in the North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, focusing on sustainability and climate change.
Back in Mexico, Gil has been involved in research projects that document maternal health in indigenous communities. He has worked in different regions of Oaxaca and in other states, implementing productive projects and ecotechnology.
He is interested in how indigenous peoples conceptualize and practice community-based work, in sustainable ways of living and community development.