Keyes Christopher “KC” Hardin is co-founder and CEO of Conservatorio SA, a company leading the revitalization of a seafront UNESCO World Heritage Site in Panama City. Conservatorio was winner of Travel & Leisure Magazine’s Global Vision Award for its holistic approach to urban revitalization, which includes developing hotels, condominiums, affordable housing and social projects. KC also co-founder of Esperanza San Felipe, a gang intervention and integration program in the historic district.
Prior to moving to Panama, KC was a corporate lawyer in New York and Tokyo with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison where he focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a B.S. in Communications from the University of Miami.
He is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Central America Leadership Initiative and a Research Associate at MIT’s Community Innovators Laboratory where he is developing a private enterprise-academic partnership to validate a business model for sustainable urban revitalization in developing world inner cities.