Santiago Porto
Senior Associate

Santiago has over 20 years of experience working at the nexus of business, civil society and government on issues related to peace, conflict and human rights. He has experience in launching and managing international multi-stakeholder initiatives and has held senior positions in the Spanish public sector and international businesses.

Santiago has been collaborating with Ergon since 2013 and primarily specialises in human rights impact assessments in the extractive industry and company evaluations against IFC Performance Standards (PS2 and PS5). He has delivered field work on workers’ rights and labour conditions in Central America and North Africa as well as human rights impact assessments in Bolivia and Colombia and virtual assessments of  labour rights in Brazil, Mexico and Panama.

Santiago is interested in:

  • Supporting businesses to promote human rights and to contribute to peace and human development in complex settings
  • Tools and methods to enhance “community voice”- especially vulnerable groups- in areas where natural resources companies operate
  • Facilitating dialogue between actors to enhance positive contributions by business to society

Santiago has a BA in business studies from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Bordeaux (France) and an MSc from Reading University (UK) on International Business and Economic Development.  He speaks English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.