Santiago Zindel Mundet Cruz is studying for a joint Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Master of Business Administration degree from the Yale School of Management. His degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College as well as his experience working directly with animals through field research, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and zoos, have instilled in Santi a strong interest in the conservation of wildlife and wildlands across the world.
A native to Mexico City, Santi has also lived in the United States, France, and South Africa. He has also been a tourist in over 30 countries and has come to love and appreciate the sharing of cultures and traditions through tourism. Through his travels, Santi has experienced both responsible and harmful tourism and hopes to better develop ecotourism as a driver for conservation throughout the world by providing a financial justification for natural areas to stay in their natural state.