Maximiliano Bello is a principal officer working on international environment issues and serves as an adviser to the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project. He is working with Easter Island’s Rapa Nui community and the Chilean government to create one of the world’s largest marine reserves in the Pacific Ocean waters surrounding the island.
Bello has helped advance Pew’s conservation goals for the international marine environment through his engagement with global organizations, including the United Nations, U.N. conventions such as the Convention on Migratory Species and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and various regional fisheries management organizations.
Bello has more than 15 years of experience working at Chilean and international nonprofits with a focus on conservation work. He received a master’s degree in natural resource management from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has studied environmental economics at Stanford University in California. Bello is a veterinary surgeon who earned his degree from the Escuela de Medicina Veterinaria at the Universidad Católica de Temuco in Chile. He is fluent in both Spanish and English.