Francisco “Pancho” Solís Germani directs Pew’s efforts in his native Chile, where he works with partner organizations and other stakeholders to protect Patagonia, one of the world’s most pristine wilderness areas, with land and waters spanning a region as large as New Zealand.
Solís is a longtime conservation advocate in Chile. He has worked to protect the nation’s most intact natural areas, helping to create both the Valdivian Coastal Reserve and the Alerce Costero National Park. He has worked in the public and private sectors, and collaborated with Chilean legislators to pass the Derecho Real de Conservación bill. He also helped draft and propose legislation to allow tax incentives for conservation.
Solís holds a law degree from the Universidad de Concepción and lives in Santiago, Chile.