Natalia is a biologist and environmental engineer interested in socio-ecological systems and dynamics, and committed to fostering human well-being through sustainability and conservation. In 2018, she sailed aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer conducting oceanographic research in the Greater Antilles, delving into the dynamics of colonization and conservation of marine ecosystems to comprehend communities as drivers of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This experience marked the beginning of a journey to bridge people, planet and profit.
Passionate about the various ways to address societal and biodiversity challenges, Natalia has worked across various sectors to develop value-chain propositions with robust scientific data and encouraged synergies between national authorities, NGOs, private sector and academia for the promotion of sustainable activities and the inclusion of local communities into conservation strategies. Natalia’s work with aquatic electromobility in Colombia’s mangrove forests allowed the development of women-led small scale fisheries and school transport in rural villages. In 2021, she worked for the National Plan of Scientific Expeditions in an effort to document Colombia’s most biodiverse ecosystems and inform decision-making. Natalia also led the inter-institutional committee for the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR) and is an IUCN-certified professional on the Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions.
In her current role as Investment Associate at The Palladium Group she supports market-based initiatives that deliver on commitments for deforestation-free commodities, reduce the pressure on forests, and improve livelihoods.
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