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Leonardo Colombo

Program Officer, Conservation and Markets Initiatives

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A native of Brazil, Leo leads a grantmaking strategy devoted to the conservation of Amazonian forests through market-based approaches. He also collaborates with the Climate and Land Use Alliance.

Previously, Leo worked as program manager and senior conservation economist at Conservation Strategy Fund and lectured for several environmental economics and corporate sustainability courses at Stanford University, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia and Centro Universitário UNA. He was part of the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity initiative and has extensive field experience as a researcher for the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute. In 2012 Leo and his former colleagues received the MacArthur Foundation's Award for Creative and Effective Organizations. He is also an accomplished nature photographer.

Leo earned a B.S. in biological sciences from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, an M.B.A. from Centro Universitário UNA and an M.S. in conservation biology from the University of Kent.

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