Galo Medina has been the Program Director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Ecuador since January 2012. In that role, he leads a team of approximately 20 Ecuadorian professionals committed to conserving land, freshwater and marine biodiversity in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. He is responsible for the institutional, programming, and general operation of TNC Ecuador, ensuring that the organization’s conservation agenda is aligned with the national priorities, capacity strengthening, processes institutionalization, and coordination with other actors working for the country’s sustainability.
Before joining TNC, Galo was the Ecuadorian Foundation of Ecological Studies executive director between 2001 and 2005. Between 2006 and 2012, he was the regional director of the ECOBONA Program, an Andean initiative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, working on a social management proposal for the Andean-forest ecosystems in those countries.
Galo has a degree in Biological Sciences from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, a degree in Agroecology from the Universidad de Costa Rica, and a master’s in Forest Resources and Conservation from Florida University.