Dr. Javier Ortiz is a Sustainable Agriculture Officer in GGGI’s Colombia Program, currently based in Bogotá, Colombia. He is an Economist, MBA and Rural Development Specialist. At his current role, he oversees a number of strategic policy and implementation actions on green growth topics in Colombia, supporting the Government of Colombia in the sustainable agricultural chapter of the Green Growth Mission, as well as supporting agricultural milestones of the Joint Declaration of Intent and the Amazon Vision Program. Specific issues being supported are related with a National Sustainable Livestock Policy design and a Livestock Sustainable Intensification Program design and implementation, as well as the design and implementation of a Financial instrument for the reconversion of livestock inefficient areas to sustainable landscapes, zero deforestation agreements with palm oil and livestock sector and a national public private coalition for deforestation reduction in the country. He has also supported the implementation of the Indigenous Pillar of the Amazon Vision Program, both in the overall definition of strategic investment lines, the protocols and mechanisms for project design and selection and in specific support in the project structuring for indigenous groups associations.
Prior to GGGI, Javier has coordinated different projects both in private and public entities, exercising as the National Coordinator of the GEF Project Biodiversity in Palm Oil sector in Colombia for the National Palm Oil Federation, Coordinating a PES-Water program design for Bogotá, Coordinating the Amazon Office of the Rural Development Agency in Colombia – INCODER, directing the Amazon Conservation Team in the Country, coordinating a project for indigenous environmental governance in the Colombian Amazon region, among others.
With a transdisciplinary background, Javier´s experiences include technical and policy advisory to governments and private sector on payment for ecosystem service schemes, sustainable agriculture promotion with private sector and rural communities, design of financial mechanisms, instruments and incentives for conservation of natural resources with agricultural value chains as well as rural indigenous and small producer communities.