Cesar Guala Catalán directs Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy project in Chile.
The Global Ocean Legacy team is working to establish the world’s first generation of great marine parks by securing the designation of large, fully protected reserves.
Guala has over 16 years of experience in conservation and local development. Before joining Pew in 2014, he spent six years at the World Wildlife Fund in Chile, working with indigenous communities in the south on forest and marine conservation. These efforts focused on capacity building, sustainable livelihoods, and new community protected areas.
After receiving a Ph.D. in management (public policy and tourism) from New Zealand’s Victoria University in 2013, Guala became a professor of tourism studies at the Universidad Austral in Chile. He has been recognized for his outstanding academic work and in 2007 was named one of Chile’s top 100 young leaders by the leading newspaper El Mercurio.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and tourism and a master’s degree in rural development from the Universidad Austral in Chile.