Gualtiero Spiro Jaeger was born in São Paulo, grew up in Zürich, studied in California and Boston, and is currently based in Miami. He worked for a renowned photographer in his native city before pursuing physics at the College of Creative Studies, University of California Santa Barbara.
Following his passion for the ocean, Gualtiero continued his studies as a doctoral student in the MIT - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, where he examined the ocean and climate system in the Indian Ocean. Specifically, his PhD research brought him to the Bay of Bengal aboard several international research cruises, investigating the ocean’s influence on monsoon rainfall.
While on dry land awaiting the next expedition, he joined the MIT Water Club, directing its 2016 MIT Water Summit - “Utilities of the Future” - and leading the club as Co-President in 2017-18. It was a team that shared a curiosity and passion for water issues far beyond the specific problems each student researched, connecting people and ideas across disciplines.
Following his PhD, Gualtiero became a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), working for its executive leadership in Washington, DC. His work focused on novel policy approaches to supporting fishery communities affected by natural and man-made disasters, and on the international and public-private cooperation on weather observations & data sharing.
Intrigued by the deep influence of the seas on society and economy, motivated by the urgency of a changing climate, and saddened by the oft-destructive extraction of resources across the planet, Gualtiero wants to improve the sustainable management of natural resources and marine wealth. To that end, he is now working in management consulting where he hopes to gain the relevant business, strategy, and leadership experience to compliment his scientific background. At the end of the ride, he wants to have preserved & contributed to the beauty found on this pale blue dot.