Santiago Cortes

Master of Environmental Management , 2017
Profile
Santiago is a second year Master Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, interested in the development of innovative business models to promote long-term economic growth, environmental sustainability and social welfare. Prior to coming to Yale, Santiago worked as a Project Manager at a nonprofit consulting firm in Colombia. He worked in a wide range of projects with multiple stakeholders that aimed at developing sustainability and poverty eradication initiatives from a strategic and financial perspective. 
 
This past summer, Santiago was based in Washington D.C., where he did his internship at the World Resources Institute (WRI). He worked in the Natural Infrastructure for Water project, an initiative that seeks to catalyze a global movement to enhance water security and bolster economic development through landscape conservation, restoration, and sustainable management. His main role was to conduct environmental and socio-economic research and spatial analysis to evaluate a sustainable business case for scaling up investments in ecosystem services as a water security strategy in Monterrey, Mexico.
 
Santiago holds a double undergraduate degree in Industrial and Environmental Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. At Yale Santiago is currently the co-leader of the Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship SIG at F&ES, and a writer for the Conservation Finance Network. 
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