Oct. 5, 2020

41 Bruno Monteferri: Big Wave Surfer & Changemaker Dad

41 Bruno Monteferri: Big Wave Surfer & Changemaker Dad

“Do not take anything for granted and you will change the way that you live every day of your life.” Bruno Monteferri on DADicated.com

Bruno Monteferri (37) is from Peru, an Ashoka Fellow and has an MPhil in Conservation Leadership, He is married to Christel and they have a 2 year old daughter.

Bruno an impressive changemaker, conservationist, lobbyist, filmmaker and environmental lawyer. Talking to Bruno was like talking to a brother. We talk about big waves, family culture in Peru, our experiences during the birth of our children, Bruno’s conservation work and stories of his own upbringing.


“Do not take anything for granted and you will change the way that you live every day of your life.” Bruno Monteferri on DADicated.com

Bruno Monteferri (37) is from Peru, married to Christel. Together they have a 2 year old daughter.

Bruno is an impressive changemaker, conservationist, lobbyist, filmmaker and environmental lawyer. Talking to Bruno was like talking to a brother. We talk about big waves, family culture in Peru, our experiences during the birth of our children, Bruno’s conservation work and stories of his own upbringing.

Bruno is an Ashoka Fellow and has a Master in Philosophy in Conservation Leadership. He has published several books and has directed over 50 short videos including the award-winning documentary “A la Mar”.

The most powerful takeaways for me as a dad were:

  1. Decide which of my acquired values I’d like to carry on with in my own family
  2. Make sure my kids experience nature as much as possible
  3. It is important to have a purpose and to follow your heart

Some of you know this already: I initiated a fundraiser called togetherforcapetown.com during lockdown here in South Africa. We aim to raise enough funds for 3.000.000 meals for kids in Cape Town’s townships before the year is out. If you haven’t yet, please do get involved and donate at togetherforcapetown.com. Thank you.

Alright, without any further adieu, here is Bruno, please enjoy and thanks for listening!

Bruno Monteferri:

  1. Listen to Bruno on the Oceanriders Podcast
  2. Conservamos por Naturaleza : http://www.conservamospornaturaleza.org/
  3. Haz la por tu Ola : https://hazlaportuola.pe to support the funding of technical studies that complete the wave protection procedure.
  4. A La Mar, documentary : http://www.alamar.pe/
  5. Totnes: UK transition town leading the way in terms sustainability and circular economy : https://www.transitiontowntotnes.org/
  6. E.O Wilson “The Diversity of Life” : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diversity-Life-Penguin-Press-Science/dp/014029161X
  7. Bruno on Ashoka: https://www.ashoka.org/en-za/fellow/bruno-monteferri 

Books mentioned:

Philipp Hartmann (host):

Bruno Monteferri

Bruno Monteferri connects people and nature.

Bruno is an Ashoka Fellow, environmental lawyer and an MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge. He has worked for a decade in the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law supporting the creation and management of private and public protected areas. He is Director of Marine Governance and Conservamos por Naturaleza. The latter is an initiative that gives Peruvians a platform to share their sustainability stories with the world.

He has published several books and also directed over 50 short videos, including the award-winning documentary A la Mar.

Ultimately, he works to inspire others to connect with nature and take action for the planet.