Santiago Giraldo

Director, Colombia Heritage Program at Global Heritage Fund

Santiago Giraldo

Santiago Giraldo

Director, Colombia Heritage Program at Global Heritage Fund

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Santiago Giraldo joined Global Heritage Fund as the Director of the Colombia Heritage Program, centering on developing a Master Management Plan for Teyuna-Ciudad Perdida Archaeological Park in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains of Colombia. He works closely with our partner institutions in Colombia such as the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia-ICANH, the Indigenous Authorities, local peasant councils, and other organizations on project development and implementation. His responsibilities also include directing site mapping and conservation assessment, as well as supporting GHF activities and projects in Peru and Guatemala.

Santiago has worked for the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia-ICANH as a research archaeologist, Coordinator for Archaeology, and Director-in-Charge of Teyuna-Ciudad Perdida Archaeological Park. During the past ten years, his work has centered on research and preservation efforts in Pueblito archaeological sites in Tayrona National Park and in Teyuna-Ciudad Perdida Archaeological Park. His investigations at Pueblito and Ciudad Perdida compared settlement and construction trajectories, finding multiple buried occupations dating to earlier time periods below the stone masonry terraces and structures on view at both sites. He is also the author of the Guidebook to Ciudad Perdida Archaeological Park.

Santiago holds an MA in Social Sciences and a PhD in Anthropology, both from the University of Chicago.

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Senior Advisor, Conservation at Global Heritage Fund

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MA in Social Sciences

The University of Chicago's Office of Investments (COI) is responsible for managing the University's investment assets, which includes overseeing the endowment to ensure that it benefits both current and future generations of the University of Chicago. COI oversees the broad investment strategy and provides input to the development of the strategic and tactical investment policies of the University & UCMC endowments, pension plans and self-insurance trust assets. Their strategy combines qualitative and quantitative analysis, seeking to achieve superior investment performance on a risk-adjusted basis.COI's approach seeks to evaluate the investment strategy as an integrated part of the operating plans of the University rather than in isolation and focuses the the University's overall success, not investment returns. The endowment is well-diversified across a variety of asset classes, including global stocks and bonds, real estate, natural resources, private equity, absolute return strategies and protection (tail-hedging strategies). Asset class exposure is achieved primarily by selecting and engaging external managers. COI manages the global macro and the overlay portfolio to ensure that the portfolio's overall positioning is compliance with the endowment's investment guidelines.COI's strategies for investing in the public markets include: Absolute Return, Private Debt, Fixed Income and Credit. and Global Equities.COI's real assets team invests globally in real estate and natural resources using outside managers. The real estate portfolio invests globally in value-added and opportunistic strategies using both private partnerships and public vehicles. The natural resources portfolio invests globally in strategies that include, but are not limited to: oil and gas exploration & production; power generation; infrastructure; timber; mining and minerals; and agriculture.

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Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is a non-profit organization that operates internationally. Its mission statement says that it exists to protect and preserve significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in the developing world, through scientific excellence and community development. GHF specifically focuses its funding and conservation efforts on the developing world because of the scarce human and technical resources in those countries to protect their historical treasures, and for the economic promise heritage sites have as community-based, responsibly-managed tourist destinations. Founded in California in 2002, GHF has since invested over $25 million and secured $20 million in co-funding for 19 global heritage sites to ensure their sustainable preservation and responsible development. Its "Preservation by Design" model guides each selected heritage project through an integrated process of community-based planning, science, development and partnerships to enable long-term sustainable preservation and responsible development of global heritage sites.

Director-in-Charge, Teyuna-Ciudad Perdida Archaeological Park
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