Cristián Samper

Board Member
Portrait of Cristián Samper

Cristián Samper is the Managing Director and Leader for Nature Solutions at the Bezos Earth Fund, overseeing work related to the protection and restoration of nature, as well as the transformation of food systems. Prior to that, he served as President & CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society from 2002 to 2012, overseeing the largest network of urban wildlife parks, hosting four million visitors each year, and carried long-term field research and conservation programs in more than 60 countries.

Raised in Colombia, Cristián was the founding director of the Humboldt national biodiversity institute and an advisor to the government of Colombia. Dr. Samper studied biology at the Universidad de Los Andes and earned his MA and PhD from Harvard University.

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