Ricardo Bayon is a Partner and a member of the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital. He leads the water team and new business and innovation at Encourage and works across several other investment sectors. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the EKO Green Carbon Fund. Prior to co-founding EKO in 2007, Mr. Bayon helped found and served as the Managing Director of the Ecosystem Marketplace. For nearly two decades he has specialized in issues related to finance, banking, and the environment. He has written numerous articles, publications and chapters on mitigation banking, biodiversity markets, markets for water quality, and other environmental markets.