Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Before joining CLUA and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Leo worked with the Conservation Strategy Fund, establishing and consolidating their first field programs in Latin America by leading international technical teams and strengthening institutional relationships. As lead conservation economics analyst, mentor and instructor, Leo analyzed the economics of land use, protected areas, sustainable businesses, biodiversity, and infrastructure development, and trained more than 500 professionals in several countries. He was a member of the international team of experts of The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity for Regional and Local Policy, and has extensive field experience as a researcher for the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute in the Brazilian Amazon. He has written numerous publications and helped guide policy decisions, from reducing deforestation to increasing the economic value attributed to ecosystems, and has lectured environmental economics and corporate sustainability in universities such as the National Institute of Amazonian Research – INPA (Brazil), UNA (Brazil) and Stanford.
Leo has an M.Sc. in conservation biology from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent, UK, a M.B.A. with a focus on strategic business management from UNA University, Brazil, and a B.Sc. in biological sciences from UFRGS, Brazil. He is a native of Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.