Dr. Luis A. Solórzano is the Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Division, where he oversees efforts to protect and restore marine, coastal and island habitats, building resilience for climate adaptation in this fragile and iconic region. Luis joined the Conservancy from the CGIAR Consortium, where he was Chief of Staff based in France.
For more than two decades, Luis has dedicated his life to the conservation of nature and preserving the value of natural ecosystems. He joined the Conservancy from the CGIAR Consortium, a global network of Research for Development Centers focused on increasing food security, improving health and human nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. He has also held positions with the Institute of Natural Sciences at the National University of Colombia, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Marine Program, the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Princeton University, the Woods Hole Research Center, Conservation International and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Luis has also served as Advisor to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the High Counselor for Environmental Management, Biodiversity, Water and Climate Change, and as an advisor to the Natural Capital Project, a highly successful partnership between The Nature Conservancy, Stanford University and WWF.
He holds a B.S. in marine biology from the National University of Colombia, an M.A. in Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Ecology, also from Princeton. Furthermore, Luis has pursued coursework in organizational management, and decision science, earning Advanced Executive Certificates from Stanford University’s School of Engineering and Management. He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Luis is based in the Conservancy’s Miami office.