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Team

Patagonia Sur’s team combines a unique blend of proven entrepreneurial skills, conservation expertise, and in-depth knowledge of Chile and Patagonia.


Warren Adams (Founder & CEO)
A pioneer in the field of social networking, Warren founded PlanetAll, which Amazon.com acquired in 1998. Upon leaving Amazon, Warren turned his professional attention to advising and investing in early-stage entrepreneurial enterprises through his fund, Vineyard Ventures. After traveling in Patagonia, Warren was motivated by the region’s incredible natural beauty to apply his business acumen toward acquiring, conserving, and protecting large tracts of pristine land there, culminating in the 2007 establishment of Patagonia Sur. Warren received a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Felipe Valdés Arrieta (Founder & Principal)
Felipe has spent the last seventeen years developing technology start-ups in Latin America, most recently as founder and CEO of Tiaxa, a Santiago-based billing clearinghouse for wireless operators throughout the region. An avid climber and outdoors enthusiast, he has explored and trekked throughout Patagonia, Alaska, Africa and the Himalayas. Felipe has collaborated with many wilderness conservation, education enhancement and poverty alleviation initiatives and serves on the Board of the Patagonia Sur Foundation. He authored Energy Conservation Potential in Chile for the International Institute for Energy Conservation. Felipe holds an Aerospace Engineering degree from Princeton University.
Steve Reifenberg (Founder & Principal)
Steve is currently Executive Director for the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  From 1988 through 2009, Steve worked at Harvard University on international issues. Among other roles, he served for seven years as Executive Director of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) in Cambridge, MA, before moving to Santiago, Chile to open Harvard’s first university-wide international office and directing it from 2002 through 2009.  Steve recently wrote an award-winning book, Santiago’s Children: What I Learned about Life at an Orphanage in Chile, based on his experiences living and working at a small orphanage in Santiago in the early 1980s. Steve earned a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a Master in Print Journalism from Boston University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.
Henry Tepper (Chief Conservation Officer & Principal)
Henry spent twenty years as a leader in land conservation in both the United States and abroad. He joined Patagonia Sur after serving for two-and-a-half years as the Vice President of State Programs for the National Audubon Society. At Audubon, Henry oversaw ten state programs in the eastern United States, as well as Audubon's Atlantic Flyway Conservation Initiative. He previously worked for thirteen years at The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  While at the Conservancy, Henry led his programs through the completion of a series of landscape-scale forest conservation projects, conserving more than 400,000 acres.  Henry also launched and continues to serve as the senior U.S. advisor to the Chilean Private Lands Conservation Initiative.  Henry has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Admission to Doctoral Candidacy from Cornell University.
 

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