Juan Villalobos was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. He graduated from Universidad de los Andes with a BA in economics, a BA in government and public affairs, and a minor in state and public law. Juan started his professional career at Instiglio, a global leader in results-based financing focusing on developing countries, where he consulted over 15 organizations (including USAID, DFID, World Bank, IDB, Botnar Foundation, Village Enterprise, Fundación Bancolombia, and the National Planning Department of Colombia) to improve the impact of their social interventions in more than 10 developing countries, including Colombia, South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Namibia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uzbekistan, and India). He led the technical design for three impact bonds, guided the creation of four data systems to manage performance during implementation (a.k.a. adaptive management systems), supported the strategy-design process for several clients, and advanced various internal initiatives to support the expansion of Instiglio across continents. Juan did his summer internship at Conservation International contributing to two projects. First, working on the fundraising and creation of the financial vehicle for the High Mountain Partnership, a public-private effort to create a sustainable landscape and conserve critical ecosystems for the water supply of 10+ million people. Second, working on an economic case to improve the sustainability of oil palm production in the Ecuadorian Amazon. At Yale, Juan is using the MPP to explore strategies to advance sustainable development initiatives in Latin America, focusing on poverty erradication and conservation.