Jorge Gastelumendi is the Global Director for Water and Energy Policy at The Nature Conservancy where he oversees the water policy practice globally: renewable energy and sustainable hydropower, source water protection, and water markets since 2015. Before this, Jorge was the Senior Policy Advisor for International Climate Policy at The Nature Conservancy where he led the Conservancy’s Climate Finance team supporting in-country financial arrangements. In this capacity he was lead advisor since mid-2013 until the adoption of the Paris Agreement to the Government of Peru in its dual role as UNFCCCC COP20 Presidency and as co-chair of the Green Climate Fund's Board.
Before joining the Conservancy in 2008, Jorge was carbon fund manager at The World Bank's Carbon Finance Unit. In Peru, he headed the Environmental Law Department at Grau Law Firm and provided expert analysis on Peru’s Policy Framework for the Clean Development Mechanism. Jorge was a professor at Georgetown University Law Center until 2012, and was a teaching fellow for community organizing courses at Harvard University. He holds a J.D. from Peru's Catholic University, an MSc. in Energy and the Environment from the University of Calgary and a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government – Harvard University.