Not only accountable to our investors and portfolio companies,

we are accountable to each other

Santiago Cortes
ESG Manager

Santiago leads AMERRA’s ESG strategy. Since he joined in 2017, Santiago consolidated an ESG management system based on the IFC Performance Standards and further tailored it to AMERRA’s needs and focus on agribusiness. In his role, he works with the private debt and private equity teams to analyze all the investments from an ESG perspective and ensure its integration within AMERRA’s decision making. Santiago represents AMERRA at responsible investment conferences and with all external stakeholders, including Limited Partners and environmental and social specialists from the IFC.

Santiago started his professional career in the public sector, analyzing and monitoring the exploratory and seismic activity in Colombia at the National Agency of Hydrocarbons. Interested in the intersection between business, the environment, and poverty, Santiago later joined a sustainability consulting firm, where he worked in a wide range of projects aimed at promoting social transformation.

With more than eight years of experience in the environmental and social sector in Latin America, Santiago understands the local context and specific complexities inherent to the region. His experience also includes research and written articles on how to scale up private flows of capital to the conservation space for the Conservation Finance Network and the World Resources Institute.

Santiago is based in New York and spends his time visiting and interacting with clients and portfolio companies. This hands-on approach allows him to build stronger relationships and better understand and mitigate the ESG risks of investments. Santiago’s purpose is to go beyond risk management and create a collaborative atmosphere to promote positive change. In 2019, Santiago led AMERRA to become the first asset manager exclusively focused on agribusiness to be a signatory of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) – a partnership to mobilize the private sector for sustainable development.

Santiago holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a double undergraduate degree in Industrial and Environmental Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. A native Spanish speaker, Santiago is also fluent in English and conversational in Italian.