Diego Undurraga, Business Innovations Lead, Latin America
Diego pursued a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California in Santa Barbara with a specialization in Coastal Marine Resources. His master's thesis — developed in collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund — focused on the ideation and assessment of impact investment strategies for the recovery of the common hake fishery in Chile. As a Latin American Fisheries Fellow at the Bren School, Diego focused on the development of market-driven solutions for fisheries' sustainability. During his time in California, he also collaborated as a researcher with the Sustainable Fisheries Group at UCSB (today Environmental Markets Lab) and other research labs, on projects ranging from human rights abuses on fisheries on a global scale, to the social-ecological adaptive capacity to climate change for small scale fishing communities in Chile and Mexico.
In a previous career, Diego worked as a Civil Industrial Engineer for the Chilean government and in the private sector, working on land use policy, national protected areas, and sustainable tourism development.
In addition to his professional interest in the sustainable management of natural resources, Diego is an active musician, and has worked in diverse genres from South American folklore to traditional jazz. He has been part of multiple social justice endeavors in his country, is a PADI Divemaster, a committed sportsman, and a frustrated chef.