Juan José Guzmán Ayala is an advisor for the adaptation policy and finance pillar at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht–Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center (Arsht-Rock). In this role, he advances the development of disaster risk finance solutions for extreme heat.

For the past six years, Guzmán Ayala has worked at the intersection of economic policy, climate diplomacy and sustainable finance. After a short stint in investment banking, he joined ISF Advisors, where he supported the development of innovative blended finance structures for agricommodities benefitting smallholder farmers and small and medium-sized enterprises in the Global South. At Transforma, a Colombia-based think tank, he co-led the development of the country’s first climate-related financial risk disclosure initiative. He also co-headed the Latin America desk of the International Climate Politics Hub. He has since supported various governments, nongovernmental organizations, financial institutions, and private corporations on the development of decarbonization strategies, climate and nature-related financial risks analyses, and public-private collaboration on climate policy. Since 2020, he has served as a contributor at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

Guzmán Ayala holds a BA in economics and sustainable development and a dual Master of Public Administration and Public Health from Columbia University.