Hello, I'm Federico Perez

—dedicated to driving innovative

social and environmental impact.

Based in
Colombia 🌎
biography

Bio

Since 1994

Federico Perez

Federico is a Colombian entrepreneur, Founder and CEO at Selvitas, Keynote Speaker, Board Member, IUCN Young Changemaker, One Young World Ambassador, and US Department of State Young Leader. From venture capital to spearheading transformative environmental initiatives, his career embodies a blend of technological innovation, policy advocacy, and systemic change. At Selvitas, he's scaling forest restoration across Colombia and integrating smallholder farmers into global value chains. As a National Consultant for the International Trade Centre, he has been instrumental in advancing Colombia's entrepreneurship ecosystem, shaping public policies with widespread sectoral adoption. Academically rooted in development economics (MSU), supply chain management (MIT), and tropical forest landscapes (Yale), he is deeply committed to climate action. Advocating for youth and cooperative policy development in Latin America, his goal is to foster sustainable, empathetic leadership and amplify his impact, driving resilient change on a global scale.

updates

COP28

I am delighted to recount my participation in COP28, where I represented YOUNGO, the UN International Trade Centre, and Colombia. This summit marked a pivotal moment, notably with the global commitment to transition away from fossil fuels. A highlight of my involvement was being part of YOUNGO's bilateral meetings team, showcasing Selvitas and advocating for climate resilience and sustainable development in rural communities. Alongside this, a panel discussion with the former president of Colombia offered profound insights into the nexus of environmental policy and governance.  This experience represents a significant milestone in my ongoing journey to drive impactful environmental stewardship and influence public policies.

updates

Monaco

I'm honored to have participated in the inaugural Re.Generation Future Leaders Program, an initiative by Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco. As one of ten global young leaders, I spent two enriching weeks in Monaco, with inspiring interactions including an audience with HSH Prince Albert II himself.

This program, filled with training modules, coaching, and insightful master classes, strengthened our leadership and communication skills. We also explored the Côte d'Azur's rich environment. Anticipating the ripple effect our group will create, we aim to be catalysts for systemic change, not just future leaders.

my principles

Purpose

Driven

Guided by a deep sense of purpose and a commitment to making a meaningful, positive impact on society and our environment.

Innovation

Technology

Constantly seeking out innovative ways to address critical global challenges and find creative solutions to problems.

Collaboration

Empathy

Collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders, including other entrepreneurs, community, organizations, and government agencies, to achieve my impact goals.

Scalability

Systems Thinking

Committed to finding solutions that can be scaled to achieve broader impact and foster sustainable change.

leadership

Social Enterprise World Forum

Role: Youth Advisory Board

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

Role: Board Member, Latin America Branch

Amazon Investor Coalition

Role: Colombia Ambassador

World Economic Forum

Role: Member, #GenerationRestoration Youth Hub.

Harvard Business Review

Role: Advisory Council, an opt-in research community of business professionals.

YOUNGO - UNFCCC

Role: Member, Finance and Markets Working Group

Center for International Forestry Research

Role: Latam Projects Team

UNCTAD

Role: Founder and Director, Youth Action Hub Colombia

International Trade Centre

Role: Advisor, Ye! Community

AlmaLinks

Role: Member

speaker
UN General Assembly

ECOSOC
USA 🇺🇸

Bloomberg

Zero Summit
Brazil 🇧🇷

United Nations Climate Change Conference

COP28: Panelist at 6 events
UAE 🇦🇪

UNDP: Youth4Climate

Powering Action
Italy 🇮🇹

One Young World

Cross-Sector Collaboration to Tackle the Climate Emergency
Northern Ireland 🇬🇧

Jackson Wild Summit

Wild Conservation Stories
USA 🇺🇸

Ruta N

Innovators Technology Showcase
Colombia 🇨🇴

Institute for Global Economics & Woori Financial Group

Sustainable Finance for a Better World Conference
South Korea 🇰🇷

International Union for Conservation of Nature

IUCN Leaders Forum
South Korea 🇰🇷

Universidad Cooperativa

Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit
Colombia 🇨🇴

fellowships
Jackson wild

2023 Summit Fellow
USA 🇺🇸

one young world

Ambassador and Summit Fellow
UK 🇬🇧

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

Re.Generation Future Leaders Fellowship
Monaco 🇲🇨

Yale school of the environment

Three Cairns Fellow
USA 🇺🇸

United States Department of State

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Fellow
USA 🇺🇸

Royal Academy of Engineering

Leaders in Innovation Fellow
UK 🇬🇧

Westerwelle Foundation

Young Founders Program Fellow
Germany 🇩🇪

Global Leadership Institute

Fellow - Harvard Adaptive Leadership Model
Israel 🇮🇱

scholarships

Georgetown University

Global Competitiveness Leadership Program

INSEAD

Leading with Impact in Times of Change

Oxford University

Youth Climate Training Programme

Yale University

Full Scholarship:
Tropical Forest Landscapes Online Certificate Program

Harvard Kennedy School

Social Innovation + Change Initiative: Power and Influence for Positive Impact

Colombian Government

Colfuturo Graduate Education

MIT

MIT Professional Education Designing Product Families

University of Chicago

Digital Marketing

Esade & Banco 
Santander

Professional Development

MIT 

MIT Professional Education Leading Digital Transformation

Michigan State University

Presidential Scholarship

awards

Corantioquia

Generacion BIO+

Organization of American States

53rd General Assembly Youth Delegate

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

2022 Young Changemaker

Hyperledger & Accenture

First prize at the Hyperledger Global Forum Hackathon