Aurelio Ramos is senior vice president for the International Alliances Program, where he will oversee all of Audubon's partnership and conservation work throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Audubon, Ramos worked at The Nature Conservancy, where he led pioneering conservation strategies through incentive-based financing across the Andean landscapes of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. He spearheaded the development of the water funds strategy for Latin America for conservation projects that improve water quality and quantity. This Water Fund model has grown to more than 35 water funds globally and won the Rockefeller Foundation Century Innovation Award in 2013 and P4G Award in Water Security in 2019.
Before The Nature Conservancy, Ramos worked with the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the Biotrade Program of the United Nations Conference of Trade and Commerce (UNCTAD), as well as the Humboldt Biological Research Institute. Ramos holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colombia’s Universidad de los Andes and a master’s degree in environmental economics and natural resources from the University of Maryland and Universidad de los Andes.