As Executive Vice President, Latin America and Global Innovation at The Nature Conservancy, Santiago Gowland is a member of TNC's executive team and leads strategies related to TNC's work in Latin America. As managing director for the region, he works with more than 300 staff members in 17 countries. He leads the Latin American Conservation Council (LACC), an unprecedented group of leaders working with TNC for solutions to some of the greatest global environmental challenges — protecting biodiversity, tackling climate change, and providing food and water sustainably.
Santiago has more than 15 years of experience driving business innovation and sustainability strategy and has applied this knowledge in different sectors, cultures, and regions. Before joining TNC, Santiago was Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Innovation at The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., where he led breakthrough innovation platforms, external partnerships, and corporate innovation strategy across the company's brands and business units. Previously, Santiago created the Systems Innovation function at Nike, Inc., leading market transformation work and heading public and private partnerships that scaled up sustainability strategies and accelerated innovation to enable system change. He led Nike's collaboration with organizations such as NASA, the United States Department of State, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop launch.org, which searches for world-changing sustainable business innovations.
Prior to Nike, Santiago was VP for Global Sustainable Development and Corporate Brand Strategy for Unilever PLC, where he catalyzed Unilever's corporate transformation by leading the integration of social, economic and environmental strategies into brand innovation; created Unilever's sustainable living plan framework; and, developed Unilever's corporate brand strategy and marketing plan.
Santiago is a native of Argentina and holds a law degree from the Catholic University in Buenos Aires and an MBA from Arizona State University's Thunderbird School of Global Management. He currently lives in Buenos Aires with his wife, Magdalena, and his two kids, Gaia and Max.