Santiago has been a vital addition to the Okeanos Accounting department, blending his passion for the environment, with his upbeat attitude, and skillset. In 2021, he’ll embark on a new challenge – joining Okeanos Argentina! Read about Santiago’s journey from Buenos Aires to Miami and back below!
Q.: Tell us about your childhood. Did you spend much time by the ocean as a kid?
A.: I grew up in a city called Temperley in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We used to spend all our summers with my family in a place by the ocean called Pinamar. It’s a beautiful place with plenty of trees, forests, and beaches- our favorite place in the world. I remember waking up and listen to the birds, breathing pure air, and then going to the ocean and spending hours there even though the water was cold and brown.
When I moved to Miami this year, I was shocked about the beaches and the blue ocean here. In the summer, I used to spend all my free time at the beach with my brother and my friends.
Q.: You’re a twin, right? How are you and your brother most alike, and how are you most different?
A.: Yes, he’s my identical twin! We are very alike and did almost everything together from the time we were young. We went to same schools, played soccer together, and studied the same thing. Being here in Miami is actually the first time that we’ve been separated in 25 years.
Q.: When did you recognize your passion for the environment. Was there an event that ignited it?
A.: As I was growing up, I became more interested in nature. I started to watch a lot of documentaries and read about the environment, and how detrimental we humans can be to it. I started to really understand the urgency of the problem. If we don’t do something now, future generations will not be able to enjoy going to the ocean as I did when I was a child. So, we must start questioning ourselves about the things we do, and how our actions can affect not only the environment, but also everyone else around the world.
Q.: What brought you to Okeanos? What most excites you about our mission?
A.: I was applying for jobs and I saw an opportunity at Okeanos. I started researching the company and everything Okeanos does, and I was amazed. I knew I wanted to work here. What excites me most about our mission is that we are not only attacking single-use plastics and providing a solution for the environment now, but also Okeanos’ transparency in doing this.
Q.: What is the best part about working for Okeanos?
A.: My favorite part about working for Okeanos is connecting with people around the world. Even though we haven’t met in person, I know that everybody shares my same passion, and works toward the same goal. There’s a great bond and connection with all the people that work at Okeanos.
Q.: You’re headed to open up Okeanos Argentina – Is there a strong culture of sustainability there?
A.: There is. People are beginning to raise their voices and trying to educate others. More and more people are beginning to understand that our behaviors have consequences if we don’t take care of our environment. We must understand that we are tied to everything that is around us, and that our actions affect everything and everybody. Instead of taking things away things from our environment, we must work to improve it and nature will reward us in kind.
Q.: Tell us about one skill or hobby you’ve picked up during quarantine.
A.: One thing that I’ve picked up during quarantine is cooking. I always liked cooking and quarantine made it better. I have been cooking everything, but I became vegetarian this year, so I learned how to cook different vegetarian and vegan food, like homemade veggie burgers, risotto, meatless meatballs!
Want to keep up with us? Check us out on
News You Should Know