Conservation and Markets
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Leo is a program officer helping to manage the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Conservation and Markets Initiative. He leads a global grant-making portfolio devoted to delinking the production, trade and financing of agricultural products from deforestation and ecosystem conversion.
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 economist and Brazil Program Lead, Leo coordinated projects focused on improving outcomes in the biodiversity, land use and climate fields, and trained more than 500 professionals in several countries, including at Stanford University. In 2012 Leo and his former colleagues received the MacArthur Foundation’s Award for Creative and Effective Organizations. He was a member of the international team of experts of The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity and has extensive field experience as a researcher for the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute in the Brazilian Amazon. He has written numerous publications, including in journals like Nature Climate Change, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, and Conservation Science and Practice, and helped guide policy decisions, from reducing deforestation to increasing the economic value attributed to ecosystems.
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. from UNA University, Brazil, and a B.S. in biological sciences from UFRGS, Brazil. Leo is also a Stanford Certified Project Manager. He is a native of Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.