A native of Brazil, Leo leads grant-making strategies devoted to the conservation of forests through market-based approaches. He also collaborates with the Climate and Land Use Alliance.
Previously, Leo oversaw projects across Latin America as Conservation Strategy Fund’s program manager and senior conservation economist. He was part of the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity initiative (TEEB), and lectured environmental economics and corporate sustainability internationally, including at Stanford University. He also carried out sustainable development research at the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute, where he lived for a couple years in a floating house in the remote Amazon. In 2012 Leo and his former colleagues received the MacArthur Foundation's Award for Creative and Effective Organizations, and more recently Leo joined the board of Conservation Strategy Fund. 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. Leo is also a Stanford Certified Project Manager.
Forests and Agricultural Market Initiative