Advisory Board - Premios Verdes

LORD ZAC GOLDSMITH

FORMER MINISTER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE, AND UK ANIMAL WELFARE AND FORESTS

PATRICIA LEÓN

PROGRAM MANAGER EASTERN TROPICAL PACIFIC - BEZOS EARTH FUND - RE:WILD

KARL CAMPBELL

RE:WILD - LATIN AMERICAN ISLANDS DIRECTOR

MATTHEW RAND

SENIOR DIRECTOR OCEAN HABITAT - THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS

MONICA MEDINA

PRESIDENT AND CEO THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY

CARLOS MANUEL RODRIGUEZ

CEO AND CHAIRPERSON AT GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY - GEF

FRANCO PIZA

HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY AREA GRUPO BANCOLOMBIA

PIPPA MALMGREN

GEOPOLITICS, MARKETS, VENTURE BUILDING, WRITING ABOUT THE ECONOMY OF TOMORROW

RANZI ISSA

MANAGING DIRECTOR AT UBS

EDUARDO MARURI MIRANDA

CREATIVE LEADER & ENTREPRENEUR

IVONNE BAKI

POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY

ZEN MATOSHI

TECH ENTREPRENEUR AND INVESTOR

RODRIGO VELOSO

FOUNDER & CEO, ONE NATURAL ENERGY

ERIK WANDRAG

CEO - OCEANS FINANCE COMPANY

DIEGO BUSTAMANTE

DEPUTY HEAD OF LATIN AMERICA, AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

PAULA CABALLERO

REGIONAL MANAGING DIRECTOR - LATIN AMERICA, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

ARTURO CONDO

PRESIDENT - EARTH UNIVERSITY

LORD ZAC GOLDSMITH

FORMER MINISTER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE, AND UK ANIMAL WELFARE AND FORESTS

Lord Zac Goldsmith, a tireless defender of the environment and citizens' rights. With an impressive track record in the political and environmental spheres, Zac has demonstrated his commitment to protecting our planet and promoting direct democracy. For almost a decade, Zac was a member of the Environmental Audit Committee and led major initiatives, including coordinating the international conference on illegal wildlife trade in London in October 2018. His dedication to climate change, wildlife conservation and animal welfare has been highlighted in his role as Parliamentary Under-Secretary and later as Minister of State. Outside of the political sphere, Zac has demonstrated his commitment to the environmental cause by raising funds for various conservation campaigns with special interest in Latin America and the Caribbean.

PATRICIA LEÓN

PROGRAM MANAGER EASTERN TROPICAL PACIFIC - BEZOS EARTH FUND - RE:WILD

With an impressive track record in conservation and sustainable development, Patricia has dedicated her career to driving meaningful action to protect our planet. As Bezos Earth Fund Program Manager for the Eastern Tropical Pacific, Patricia leads strategies and collaborations to advance high-impact conservation opportunities. Her focus on consensus building and collaborative work has generated strong results in conservation projects throughout the region. With over 15 years of experience in conservation and sustainable development project management, Patricia has worked with a wide range of organizations, governments and communities to design and implement climate-smart policies and innovative environmental programs. From her leadership in island restoration with Island Conservation in Latin America to her work at the World Bank Group and her service as Advisor to the Governor of the Galapagos Islands, Patricia has demonstrated her commitment to environmental protection in various capacities.

KARL CAMPBELL

RE:WILD - LATIN AMERICAN ISLANDS DIRECTOR

From the Galapagos Islands to the Latin American Pacific horizon, Karl has dedicated his career to implementing rewilding projects on islands, with a focus on the Latin American region. His passion for transforming human-wildlife conflicts through holistic solutions designed in collaboration with communities is inspiring. Karl brings with him extensive experience in identifying, developing and implementing innovative solutions to reduce the costs and increase the viability of conservation projects. His commitment to the implementation of financing mechanisms and the scalability of projects ensures a lasting impact on the protection of our ecosystems. Karl is currently collaborating with local partners on a rewilding initiative that spans from mountaintops to marine reefs, along the Latin American Pacific coast, from Mexico to Chile.

MATTHEW RAND

SENIOR DIRECTOR OCEAN HABITAT - THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS

Matt has played a crucial role in world-renowned conservation initiatives, including the Blue Nature Alliance in partnership with Conservation International and the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in collaboration with the Bertarelli Foundation. Previously, Matt led Pew's Global Ocean Legacy project as well as Pew's shark conservation efforts, demonstrating his long-term commitment to protecting our oceans. His experience spans not only managing marine conservation projects, but also working on successful campaigns that have pushed for significant reforms in federal marine conservation legislation. With over 10 years' experience at the National Environmental Trust and his role as Senior Campaigns Director at the Environmental Defense Fund's oceans programme, Matt has proven to be a tireless advocate for protecting our oceans and marine biodiversity.

MONICA MEDINA

PRESIDENT AND CEO THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY

Mónica Medina, a prominent diplomat and advocate for global biodiversity, was appointed President and CEO of WCS, effective June 1, 2023. With an outstanding career as Undersecretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science at the US Department of State, and Special Envoy for Biodiversity and Water Resources, Monica has led a new era of environmental diplomacy as a US foreign policy priority. Now, Monica joins WCS to lead its mission to conserve wildlife and natural landscapes in nearly 60 countries, harnessing the power of its zoos and aquariums around the world.

CARLOS MANUEL RODRIGUEZ

CEO AND CHAIRPERSON AT GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY - GEF

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez is a true leader in the field of environmental conservation and sustainability. As a lawyer by profession, a politician by choice, and a conservationist at heart, Carlos has left an indelible mark on the international environmental landscape. During his three terms as Minister of Environment and Energy in Costa Rica, Carlos led bold initiatives that transformed the country into a global benchmark in sustainability. Under his leadership, Costa Rica doubled the size of its forests, made the electricity sector 100% renewable, and became a top ecotourism destination. With extensive experience in Conservation International for 12 years, Carlos pioneered the development of innovative strategies such as payment for ecosystem services, ocean conservation and decarbonization strategies. His experience as an expert in environmental policies, multilateral negotiations and financing for nature conservation make him an invaluable resource to our Advisory Board. Carlos joins us at a crucial time for international environmental action, tackling challenges such as the illegal wildlife trade and preparing for next year's important negotiations on climate change, biodiversity and oceans.

FRANCO PIZA

HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY AREA GRUPO BANCOLOMBIA

Franco Piza is a prominent Public Accountant and specialist in Financial Management and Organizational Development, with extensive experience in international programs focused on sustainability in the financial sector. With more than 29 years of experience in the Latin American financial sector, Franco brings a unique perspective and deep knowledge of the field. Franco currently holds the position of Head of the Sustainability area at Grupo Bancolombia, where he heads the conglomerate's sustainability strategy and acts as its representative on the international sustainability agenda. His leadership has been crucial in driving significant initiatives that promote sustainable development and corporate responsibility. Additionally, he has been instrumental in the systematic implementation and evaluation of risks and opportunities related to environmental, social and corporate governance factors. In addition, Franco is a member of the Strategic Committee of the Alliance of Global Investors for Sustainable Development, an initiative of the Secretary General of the United Nations to mobilize investment and financing towards the achievement of the 2030 agenda. He is also part of the Group of Expert Advisors of the Science-Based Goals Initiative, where it contributes to defining goals for the global financial sector in the face of climate change.

PIPPA MALMGREN

GEOPOLITICS, MARKETS, VENTURE BUILDING, WRITING ABOUT THE ECONOMY OF TOMORROW

Philippa Malmgren, a leading economist and business leader, joins our Advisory Board with an impressive track record in interpreting the global economy and anticipating global trends. As founder and CEO of IndraNet.ai, Philippa has demonstrated her ability to found innovative technology companies and advise leaders around the world on economic and strategic issues. Her experience as a special advisor to Avonhurst and her association with The Monaco Foundry and RUSI positions her as an expert in policy, law and business strategy. In addition to her work in the private sector, Philippa has had a significant impact in the public sphere, serving as special assistant and advisor to President George W. Bush in the White House during critical moments in economic and political history. With numerous bestsellers to her credit, including “The Infinite Leader” and “Signals,” Philippa has been recognized as a leading thinker on leadership and global economics. Her ability to analyze trends and predict surprising events has been recognized with awards such as the Business Book of the Year and the International Press Award for Best Leadership Book.

RANZI ISSA

MANAGING DIRECTOR AT UBS

Ramzi Issa, recognized as the architect of the ESG debt swap market, from his role at UBS Group AG overseeing global structured credit and sustainable credit products. His leadership has been crucial in the development of innovative financial products that promote environmental protection, including the debt-for-nature swap market. Ramzi was a pioneer in replacing public debt with financing aimed at environmental protection, demonstrating a strong commitment of the banking sector towards sustainable and environmentally friendly financial products. His tenure marks a significant milestone in the integration of sustainable financial practices in the banking sector, and his experience will be invaluable to our Board as we seek to promote sustainable initiatives in our organization.

EDUARDO MARURI MIRANDA

CREATIVE LEADER & ENTREPRENEUR

Eduardo Maruri Miranda is a prominent Ecuadorian businessman with an impressive career in the world of advertising, commerce and business leadership. As president and founder of Maruri Gray Ecuador, he has left an indelible mark on the advertising industry, pioneering creativity and innovation. Under his leadership, Maruri Gray Ecuador became the first Ecuadorian advertising agency to receive a Gold Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2012, and has since garnered more than 160 Cannes Lions awards. His vision and passion for creativity have taken his company to the pinnacle of success in the advertising industry. In addition to his business success, Eduardo has dedicated his time and energy to public service as president of the Guayaquil Chamber of Commerce, congressman, and president of an Ecuadorian soccer team. His commitment to sustainable development is also reflected in his role as President of the Jury of the Sustainable Development Category at the Cannes Lions Festival.

IVONNE BAKI

POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY

Ivonne Baki is an extraordinary figure with an impressive career in politics and public service. Her passion for art led her to study at the Sorbonne, and she later studied Public Administration and Public Policy at Harvard University, demonstrating her dedication to learning and excellence. Her political career began in 1981 with an appointment as Ecuador's consul in Beirut, and since then she has played key roles in the diplomatic and governmental spheres. As Ecuador's ambassador to the United States during the Jamil Mahuad government, she was instrumental in strengthening relations between both countries, being the first woman to hold this position. Additionally, Ivonne served as Minister of Foreign Trade. Her commitment to conservation led her to found the Galapagos Conservancy, demonstrating her vision and leadership on environmental issues. As an Andean parliamentarian and president of the Andean Parliament, Ivonne demonstrated her ability to lead and negotiate on behalf of her country. Her appointment as head of the negotiating team for the Yasuní ITT initiative reflects her commitment to the protection of the environment and indigenous rights. In recognition of her outstanding work, Ivonne has been Ecuador's ambassador in several countries, including the United States and Qatar, where she has represented her country with distinction and commitment.

ZEN MATOSHI

TECH ENTREPRENEUR AND INVESTOR

We are delighted to welcome Zen to our Advisory Board. With an impressive track record as an investor and business advisor, Zen has left a significant mark in the world of startups and innovation. From his early startup investments to his role as a senior advisor at Bloomberg, Zen has demonstrated his commitment to excellence and strategic vision. He led development and innovation at Faraday Future, a leading company in the manufacture of new energy cars, among others. His focus on climate technologies demonstrates passion for a sustainable future and a commitment to innovation that drives change. We are confident that his experience and leadership will be invaluable to our board.

RODRIGO VELOSO

FOUNDER & CEO, ONE NATURAL ENERGY

Rodrigo is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He brings with him a deep passion for responsible leadership in the industry. His vision aligns perfectly with our values ​​of profitable growth, environmental sustainability and building a peaceful society. Rodrigo is the founder of O.N.E. Coconut Water, one of the pioneer companies in the ready-to-drink coconut water beverage market. His experience and vision in the field of sustainability, especially his commitment to the conservation of the Amazon and the support of the 8 countries that guard it, along with his passion for entrepreneurship, are invaluable to our team.

ERIK WANDRAG

CEO - OCEANS FINANCE COMPANY

Erik Wandrag is an exceptional leader with an undeniable passion for the natural environment and vast experience in large-scale, long-term investments in emerging markets. His professional career has been marked by an unwavering commitment to sustainable development and creating positive impact in communities around the world. With more than 20 years of experience in organic and inorganic growth investments in infrastructure sectors in emerging markets, Erik has led projects with an accumulated value of more than $15 billion. His strategic vision and ability to identify transformative investment opportunities have highlighted him as an influential figure in the financial and environmental fields. Erik has been recognized as one of the top 10 people in the 2018 edition of Africa Power Elites, a testament to his significant impact on the continent's energy landscape. Prior to joining our Advisory Board, Erik held key roles in leading organizations in the sector, including his role as Senior Transaction Advisor for the US Government's Power Africa initiative. Additionally, Erik has held senior positions at prominent companies such as Harith General Partners and Cennergi, where his leadership has contributed to the success and growth of these organizations.

DIEGO BUSTAMANTE

DEPUTY HEAD OF LATIN AMERICA, AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Diego is a leader passionate about development and public-private cooperation in Latin America. His vision for the future encompasses key agendas such as technological governance, innovation, sustainable development and inclusive growth. As a specialist in international development and public policies, he has led strategic projects and collaborated closely with governments, international organizations and the private sector. Diego has addressed the challenges and opportunities of the region on regional and global platforms such as the World Economic Forum, and collaborating with regional multilateral organizations, driving change and impact at the international level. His experience in public administration, development consulting and international cooperation makes him an invaluable asset to our Advisory Board. With a solid academic background, Diego has a master's degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University, received a Fulbright scholarship and other recognitions from the US Department of State, and has been a Fellow in Global Leadership at the World Economic Forum, where he is currently Deputy Director for Latin America.

PAULA CABALLERO

REGIONAL MANAGING DIRECTOR - LATIN AMERICA, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

Paula Caballero, executive director of the Latin American region of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), joins our Advisory Board with an impressive track record in conservation and sustainable development. Paula leads a team dedicated to the conservation of the most biodiverse region on the planet, covering programs in 9 countries from Mexico to Argentina. His leadership has been fundamental in the design of new strategies and innovative alliances to protect our natural resources. In addition to her conservation experience, she is recognized for creating the concept of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, considered a model for a more sustainable future. His notable contribution earned him the German Sustainability Prize in 2019 and the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2014.

ARTURO CONDO

PRESIDENT - EARTH UNIVERSITY

Arturo is a visionary leader with an impressive track record in education and sustainability. As former President of INCAE Business School and current President of EARTH University, his experience and knowledge will be invaluable in guiding our growth and strengthening our commitment to innovation and social responsibility. With a passionate approach to sustainable development and transformative education, Arturo brings a unique perspective that will enrich our mission. We are confident that his leadership will contribute significantly to our goal of making a positive impact in our communities and beyond.