People

Strategy Team

Founder & Executive Director, Nivela

Monica Araya

Costa Rica

Monica has worked development and environmental issues and politics for over 20 years and collaborates regularly with leaders in civil society, government, and business with a focus on climate action and advocacy. She is the Founding Director of Costa Rica Limpia, a citizen platform that promotes clean development and democracy. She founded Nivela in early 2014, developing the concept for the organization for about two years.

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She was a lead negotiator for Costa Rica in the climate negotiations and in the past worked at the Ministry of Foreign Trade, the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Climate Change Capital and as advisor to multiple organizations.

She is a member of the Steering Committee of the UNEP Gap Emissions Report since 2012 and co-chairs the Steering Committee of the Low Emissions Development Strategies Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a senior associate at E3G since 2009.

Monica has authored more than 50 publications, frequently writes in the press and speaks to the media. Monica has a Master in economic policy (National University in Costa Rica) and a Master and Doctorate degrees in environmental management from Yale University.

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Ana Toni

Brazil

Ana is CEO of ICS (Instituto Clima e Sociedade) as well as a founding partner and head of GIP (Public Interest Management) advisory group in Rio de Janeiro. She was the Representative for the Ford Foundation in Brazil (2003–2011) and from 1998 to 2002 Ana was the Executive Director of ActionAid Brazil. Ana also worked for ActionAid UK as Policy Advisor (1990–1993) representing the organization at the United National Environment and Development Conference.

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Since 2011 she is the Chair of International Board of Greenpeace International (until March 2014) and worked for Greenpeace from 1993 to 1997; first, as the International Head of the Political Unit based at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, and subsequently as Senior Advisor for Greenpeace Germany. Ana was the Board Chair of Greenpeace Brazil from 2000 to 2003 and a Board member of GIFE (the Brazilian Private Social Investment Association).

In addition, she is a member of the Editorial Board of Le Monde Diplomatique Brazil, a Board member of the Baoba Fund for Racial Equity and the Forum of Women’s Leaders on Sustainability.

Ana graduated in Economic and Social Studies at Swansea University, has completed a master degree in Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics and is a candidate for a PhD on Social Politics at the Rio de Janeiro State University.

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Tony La Viña

Philippines

Tony is a professor, thinker, and lawyer. He works as a social entrepreneur and advocate of environmental protection, good governance, human rights and peace. He is currently Dean of the Ateneo School of Government, taking this position in 2006 when he returned to the Philippines after an eight year stint in a Washington DC environmental think tank, the World Resources Institute (WRI).

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He was Undersecretary of Environment and Natural Resources in the Philippines from 1996–1998. Currently, Tony is a negotiator for the Philippines in the climate change negotiations. He is a refererence on a range of governance areas such as leadership, consensus building and negotiations, human rights, social accountability, and public ethics. He has written several books and articles in these topics and has also implemented many innovations in these fields. He teaches at the Schools of Government and Law of Ateneo de Manila and at the Political Science and Philosophy Departments in the same university. He is also a lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Law and the Philippine Judicial Academy.

Dean Tony obtained his Masters (LLM) and Doctorate in Law (JSD) from Yale Law School and his first degrees from the University of the Philippines (in law) and the Ateneo de Manila University (in philosophy).

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Saliem Fakir

South Africa

Saliem is focused on identifying ways to manage a transition to a low-carbon economy. He is the Head of the Living Planet Unit at the World Wildlife Fund South Africa and was Associate Director for the Center for Renewable and Sustainable Energy at the University of Stellenbosch. He was senior lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Planning.

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He worked for Lereko Energy (Pty) Ltd, an investment company focusing on renewable energy, biofuels, waste and water sectors. He was Director of the World Conservation Union South Africa from 1998 to 2005. He worked at the Land and Agriculture Policy Center as Manager and has served on a number of Boards (Board of the National Botanical Institute, Fair Trade in Tourism Initiative, Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Reporting Initiative). He is in the advisory board of Inspired Evolution One – a private equity fund for clean technology. He is a columnist for the South African Center for Civil Society (www.sacsis.org.za) and Engineering News.

He has B.Sc in molecular biology (WITS), a Masters’ in Environmental Science (Wye College London) and did a senior executive management course (Harvard University).

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Management Team

Founder & Executive Director, Nivela

Monica Araya

Costa Rica

Monica has worked development and environmental issues and politics for over 20 years and collaborates regularly with leaders in civil society, government, and business with a focus on climate action and advocacy. She is the Founding Director of Costa Rica Limpia, a citizen platform that promotes clean development and democracy. She founded Nivela in early 2014, developing the concept for the organization for about two years.

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She was a lead negotiator for Costa Rica in the climate negotiations and in the past worked at the Ministry of Foreign Trade, the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Climate Change Capital and as advisor to multiple organizations.

She is a member of the Steering Committee of the UNEP Gap Emissions Report since 2012 and co-chairs the Steering Committee of the Low Emissions Development Strategies Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a senior associate at E3G since 2009.

Monica has authored more than 50 publications, frequently writes in the press and speaks to the media. Monica has a Master in economic policy (National University in Costa Rica) and a Master and Doctorate degrees in environmental management from Yale University.

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Lead Researcher & Social Media, Nivela

Camila Bustos

Colombia

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Camila studies International Relations and Environmental Studies at Brown University. Her research work covers sustainable development, human rights and climate change, with a focus on Latin America. She works at Brown University’s Climate and Development Lab and has followed the international climate negotiations process.

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Camila has also worked as a legislative intern passing Rhode Island's first climate change law. She has studied human rights in the context of Colombia's coal industry as an intern at the Center for the Study of Justice, Law, and Society (Dejusticia). Camila has also been involved in a student-driven fossil fuel divestment campaign and climate change advocacy at Brown.

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Latin America Researcher

Ximena Carranza

Peru

Ximena was born and raised in Peru and currently studies at Brown University, where she is pursuing a degree in Environmental Science with a focus on policy and sustainable development. She is a researcher at Brown’s Climate and Development Lab, focusing her work on Latin American civil society mapping and on subnational climate action.

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Ximena is also a member of Brown’s Climate Change and Environmental Justice TRI-LAB, with which she investigates ways to reduce climate change-related risks and increase adaptation capacities of vulnerable communities in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Researcher & Assistant to Executive Director, Nivela

María José Vásquez

Costa Rica

María José is committed to advancing strategies that empower poor communities and reduce climate their vulnerability to climate impacts. She is a co-founder of Costa Rica Limpia and Leader of Management and Implementation.

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She was Coordinator of the environmental plans at 'A Roof For My Country' between 2010 and 2012, and has worked on several issues in different projects (from clean development and management of hazardous waste to the social and environmental impacts of pineapple activities and local emergency plans).

José María holds a Bachelor and Diploma in Environmental Management from the Universidad de Costa Rica and Licenciatura with a focus on education management. She is keen to identify best ways of empowering vulnerable communities by building resilience to climate change and increasing their quality of life.

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Associates

Climate Change Policy Expert

Natalie Unterstell

Brazil

Natalie Unterstell is an experienced environment and climate change professional from Brazil. She is currently a Louis M. Bacon Environmental Leadership fellow in the Center of Public Leadership at Harvard. Natalie holds a Bachelor’ degree in Business Administration from Fundacao Getulio Vargas (2004) in Brazil and she is a Master on Public Administration candidate at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Natalie has worked in the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs of the Brazilian Presidency, in the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, in the Government of Amazonas and in the Instituto Socioambiental. She has been a member of the Government of Brazil’s negotiation team at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and also acted as a civil society's observer to negotiations before that. Her research work deals with the economic analysis of climate change impacts and related adaptation strategies.

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Climate Change Specialist

Paola Vasconi Reca

Chile

Paola Vasconi Reca is a Geophysics Engineer from the Polytechnic Institute Jose Antonio Echeverria, La Havana, Cuba. She has a postgraduate degree in Environmental Management and Planning and Advanced Technologies and Science for Environmental Protection from the University of Santiago, Chile.

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Paola is a specialist in climate change and public policy in environmental matters. Between 2011 and 2010, she was part of the Board of the Climate Action Network for Latin America (CANLA), a major regional NGO network working on climate change advocacy. Between 2011 and 2013, she was in charge of the Environment Programme of the Terram Foundation, where she worked on opening up the debate on environmental issues in Chile and on promoting new public policies. She has published several studies on environmental issues and has run capacity building workshops for citizens. As an independent consultant in the fields of climate change, environment and public policy, she has done work for Avina Foundation, Project Climate Adaptation Santiago, National Human Rights Institute (NHRI), Heinrich Böll Foundation, among others, along with some teaching activities. She is is also a columnist for various national media outlets. Since 2014, she collaborates with the organization Adapt-Chile as Coordinator of Political Affairs.

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CEO, Vasudha

Srinivas Krishnaswamy

India

Srinivas is the Founder of the Vasudha Foundation. An economist by training, he has over a decade of experience working on the issue of economic reforms, sustainable development and environmental issues.

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He set up Vasudha Foundation in January 2010, with an aim to promote environment-friendly, socially just and sustainable models of development by focusing on alternative technologies and lifestyle solutions. The foundation is currently working on a wide range of projects around renewable energy, energy efficiency and policy related campaign and lobby both at the national and international level, while promoting green and alternative technologies at the grassroots level creating the crucial link between energy and poverty alleviation.

Prior to starting Vasudha Foundation, Srinivas had a long stint with Greenpeace in India in the earlier years of his foray into environment and sustainable development space. At Greenpeace India, he helped set up and was the first head of the Climate and Energy Campaign and later on moved on to set up the Political and Business Unit of Greenpeace in Delhi. In 2009, he moved over to Greenpeace International, headquartered at Amsterdam as a Climate Policy Advisor.

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GIP's Environment, Climate Change and Development project coordinator

Alice Amorim

Brazil

Alice is GIP's (Public Interest Management) Environment, Climate Change and Development project coordinator in Rio de Janeiro and is the CEO of the NGO Child Health Zona Sul which works to break the poverty cycle of critically ill children from low-income backgrounds.

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She has been devoted to environmental protection and sustainability, socioeconomic development, poverty, social investment, organizational planning and civil society project management. From 2005 until 2011, Alice was in-house lawyer of Icatu Holding SA where she worked with business and financial markets law, litigation management, merger and acquisitions, investment funds, compliance procedures, real estate operations among others.

Alice holds a BA in Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, an MSC in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics and is a post-graduate student in Social Responsibility and Third Sector at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

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Executive Director and co-founder of SustentAr

Rodrigo Rodríguez-Tornquist

Argentina

Rodrigo is a specialist on environmental management and sustainability policies for transportation. As Executive Director and co-founder of the Association SustentAr, a non-profit organization to promote sustainable and climate resilient development, he participates in several Latin American initiatives for tackling climate change.

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Rodrigo conducted the Environmental Management Division at the Argentine National Railways Administration (2008-2013). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a specialization in International Affairs (Catholic University of Argentina), and has a degree in environmental management (National University de San Martin). During 2013-2014 he was a Research Fellow at the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he focused on low emissions and climate resilient sustainable development strategies. Nowadays, Rodrigo is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Transportation at the University of San Martin (Argentina).

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Co-founder, Climate Finance Group for Latin America and the Caribbean

Sandra Guzmán

Mexico

Sandra is a founder member and coordinates the Climate Finance Group for Latin America and the Caribbean which aims to increase transparency and effectiveness in the management of climate finance. She has worked for WWF-Mexico and was a Coordinator in the Mexican Center of Environmental Law (CEMDA) from 2006 to 2011.

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She was Lecturer of Environmental Policy in the Claustro´s of Sor Juana University and is a founder member of the Mexican Climate Finance Group and collaborates with the Energy Transition network in Mexico and the Climate Action Network in Latin America. She works as independent adviser in climate policy & finance and energy transition issues.

She graduated in International Relations (University of Mexico, UNAM) and in Environmental and Energy Management (Latin-American Social Science, FLACSO) and is a Master in Environmental Policy and Regulation (London School of Economics and Political Science).

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Co-Director, Climate and Development Lab, Brown University

Guy Edwards

United Kingdom

Guy Edwards is a research fellow and co-director of the Climate and Development Lab at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University. He is the co-author of a new book called A Fragmented Continent: Latin America and the Global Politics of Climate Change with MIT Press (November, 2015). As co-founder and former editor of Intercambio Climático, Guy has worked with the Latin American Platform on Climate and CDKN's Latin American office.

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He has also worked for the Overseas Development Institute, the consultancy River Path Associates and as the resident manager of the Huaorani Ecolodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon. He has written various academic papers, policy briefs and articles for a number of publications and organisations including The Guardian, La Tercera (Chile), El Comercio (Ecuador), Tal Cual (Venezuela), Latin America Advisor, Brookings Institution, InfoLatam, Americas Quarterly, EU-LAC Foundation, and Chatham House. He has a Masters degree from the University of London's Institute of Latin American Studies.

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Policy Advisor on Climate Finance, E3G

Marcela Jaramillo

Colombia

Marcela is a policy advisor from Colombia with a background in engineering who is now focused on international climate finance issues. She works at E3G specialising in climate finance approaches that drive transformational change in developing countries, in particular within Latin America.

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Marcela works on the design and role of multilateral, bilateral and regional institutions and initiatives that deploy public climate finance and mobilise private investors. She has been tracking the developments in the Green Climate Fund.

In the past, Marcela worked within the energy sector. She was a renewable energy consultant leading the design and implementation of projects on solar photo-voltaic, solar thermal and heat pumps in the United Kingdom. She also worked at EPM-Colombia conducting in-depth research into combined heat and power systems. Marcela has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in the field of energy, from the Universidad Nacional of Colombia and an MSc with distinction in Sustainable Energy Technologies from the University of Southampton.

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Guest authors

Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Climate Observatory

Carlos Rittl

Brasil

Carlos Rittl is the executive secretary of the Brazilian Climate Observatory, a coalition of civil society organizations working on climate policy. Carlos has worked in the last 20 years in the environmental field. Before joining the Climate Observatory, Carlos worked as an Amazon Campaigner for Greenpeace Brazil, led Greenpeace Brazil's Climate Campaign, worked as Climate Change Adviser at the British Embassy in Brazil, and was also the head of WWF Brazil’s Climate Change and Energy Program.

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Throughout his career, Carlos has been working to promote progress on the debate, decision making and public policies on forests, climate change, energy and sustainability in Brazil. He has also tracked the multilateral negotiations of the UNFCCC, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20), and various processes for formulation of public policies.

Carlos graduated in Public Administration at São Paulo Business School (FGV-EAESP). He also holds a M.S. and PhD degress in Tropical Biology and Natural Resources from the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA).

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Journalist specialized in energy and climate change

Diego Arguedas Ortiz

Costa Rica

Diego Arguedas Ortiz was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica, where he's currently based. Over the past three years he has reported on energy, clean development, and climate change, with a special focus on international climate negotiations and public policy addressing a more sustainable world.

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He studied Business and Communication Sciences at the University of Costa Rica. Since 2014, he writes for the weekly Semanario Universidad and news agency Inter Press Service, among other local and international media outlets. As cofounder of the international journalism network Climate News Mosaic, he covered COP19 with an global team of climate reporters (his coverage received an honor mention in Costa Rica's first Climate Change Journalism Awards) and later covered COP20 as a Fellow for Adopt a Negotiator, tracking countries’ response to the climate change challenge.

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Executive Director of the Center for Corporate Leadership for Climate Change

Dieter Linneberg

Chile

He is the Executive Director of the Center for Corporate Leadership for Climate Change in Chile and the Center for Corporate Governance, both at the University of Chile. He is a former technical manager at CorpVida Insurance Company and former advisor to theSuperintendency of Securities and Insurance of Chile. He has a Master of Arts in Economics, Universite Catholique Louvain and a degree in Business Administration from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Chile.

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Dileimy Orozco

Venezuela

Dileimy has worked as a researcher E3G as well as holding positions at Chatham House and Green Alliance principally focused on the economics of sustainability and climate change. She is particularly interested in climate finance for developing countries, and the implications of a low carbon future on oil producing countries. Dileimy holds MSc in International Trade, Finance and Development at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in Spain, and a BA in Economics from the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

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Researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico

Gian Carlo Delgado

Mexico

Full-time researcher at the City, Management, Territory and Environment Program at the Science and Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Center, Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). Gian Carlo is an economist from the UNAM and holds a Master's in Ecological Economy and Environmental Management. He received a PhD in Environmental Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. He was lead author of Group 3 for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report.

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Research Assistant, World Resources Institute

Indira Masullo

Venezuela

Indira is a Research Assistant for the Sustainable Finance Team at the World Resources Institute. She conducts research and analysis on international climate finance, in particular on developing effective institutional arrangements for the delivery and tracking of climate finance.

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Prior to joining WRI, Indira worked as an intern at the Permanent Mission of Venezuela to the United Nations and the Center for Clean Air Policy. She has worked on sustainable development topics and in the design of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the energy sector of Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Indira holds a Master of Science in Global Affairs from New York University and a B.Sc. in International Studies from Universidad Central de Venezuela.

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Theologian and writer, member of The Earth Charter Initiative

Leonardo Boff

Leonardo Boff is a writer and theologian from Santa Catarina, Brazil. Boff is the author of more than sixty books in the areas of Theology, Spirituality, Philosophy, Anthropology and Mysticism. Boff was present in the first reflections that sought to articulate indignance toward misery and marginalization with discourse, which later generated the Christian faith known as Liberation Theology. He has also been honored with various awards, within Brazil and the rest of the world, for his struggles on behalf of the weak, the oppressed and marginalized, and Human Rights.

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He studied Philosophy in Curitiba - Paraná and Theology in Petrópolis - Rio de Janeiro. He joined the Order of the Franciscan Friars Minor in 1959 and received his doctorate in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Munich - Germany, in 1970.For 22 years he was the professor of Systematic and Ecumenical Theology at the Franciscan Theological Institute in Petrópolis. He has served as a professor of Theology and Spirituality in various centers of higher learning and universities in Brazil and the rest of the world.. He has always been an ardent of the Human Rights cause, helping to formulate a new, Latin American perspective on Human Rights with, “Rights to Life and the ways to maintain them with dignity.”

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Co-founder and leader of Communications at Costa Rica Limpia

Lucía Vásquez

Costa Rica

Lucía Vásquez is co-founder and leader of Communications at Costa Rica Limpia, a citizen observatory. She’s is an aspiring journalists, currently training at the University of Costa Rica and specializing in Journalism and Audiovisual Communications. She received an honors mention from the Costa Rica’s Association of Journalists Awards for the mini-documentary "El señor de las chupas" (2013) which she co-produced with three peers.

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She was Production Assistant for the Costa Rican film "Presos” (2015). She also produced the video "Vote por una Costa Rica Limpia!" on of the few citizen videos dealing with elections and clean development. She’s is intern at “Revista Dominical” of Grupo Nación, one of the main media groups in Central America.

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Investigadora del Cambio Climático en América Latina

Maria Eugenia Rinaudo

Venezuela

B.S. Environmental Studies and Specialist in Environmental Management, researcher of Climate Change in Latin American region.Climate Tracker in Adopt a Negotiator. Foundress of some initiatives on climate adaptation. Actually working at Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Research on Biological Resources. Writter and blogger.

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Senior Climate Change Advisor, Christian Aid

Mohamed Adow

Kenya

Mohamed, a Kenyan, leads Christian Aid’s global climate policy and advocacy work. He observes the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and other climate change and sustainable development negotiations, where he engages and influences governments and other stakeholders in favour of the world’s poor people and countries.

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Mohamed has worked in Africa for ten years in international development and climate change sectors, helping to improve drought management capacities, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

At Christian Aid he leads the international climate policy and advocacy agenda, specialising in developing countries issues, and supporting the organisation’s climate advocacy in Africa, Europe and at the UNFCCC.

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Programme Officer at Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental

Pablo Peña

Peru

Pablo Peña is an environmental policy and law specialist working at the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law. He has more than 8 years of experience helping design better environmental policies in Peru. Pablo has a Masters in Environmental Law from Yale University and a Law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He worked at Yale’s The Forests Dialogue program and was a research fellow and international fellow at the Tropical Resources Institute.

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He has conducted research on forest and conservation policy in Latina American countries, particularly related to climate change and REDD+. His most recent publication is El Marco Legal Peruano para Implementar REDD+ en el Perú (The Peruvian Legal Framework for Implementing REDD+ in Peru).

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Programme Officer on Energy and Environment with UNDP Uruguay

Rafael Bernardi

Uruguay

Rafael Bernardi is an engineer from Uruguay with almost 20 years of working experience on environment and sustainable development. Since 2005, he has worked as a Programme Officer on Energy and Environment with UNDP Uruguay, providing policy advice and managing projects implemented jointly with the government, civil society and the private sector. He has also worked independently on environmental issues for UNDP, IUCN, universities and the public sector.

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He is currently doing research involving ecological transitions in South America at the University of Wageningen, Netherlands and the University of the Republic, Uruguay. His current focus of study are forest-grassland transitions and their consequences under climate, environmental and land use changes.

He holds a civil-environmental engineer degree from the Universidad de la República (Uruguay) with a specialization in development from The Graduate Insitute, Geneva. He has a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University. He is currently a PhD candidate at Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

He has published a novel, “La Sombra del Jaguar” in 2010 (Ed. Yaugurú), and is currently writing his second novel.

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Saul Downie

United States

Saul Downie is a Junior at Yale University, where he is pursuing a B.A. in Economics with a focus on development and climate policy. He has worked with the New Haven/León Sister City Project in León, Nicaragua, where he investigated clean water access in rural communities and helped guide education programs.

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Saul has also worked for the research division of Endeavor Global, a nonprofit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. He is committed to promoting resiliency in climate-vulnerable locations and has a special interest in climate-conscious entrepreneurship.

Saul is from Urbana, Illinois, and is a former Varsity Soccer Player.

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Environmental Journalist, Climate Reality Leader

Tais Gadea Lara

Argentina

Tais Gadea Lara is an environmental journalist in different media of graphic, digital, radio and film communication from Argentina. She was recognized with the ADEPA (Association of Journalistic Entities from Argentina) Journalism Award 2014 in the category of Ecology and Environment. She's a Climate Reality Leader, coached by the former Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore. She's the editor of the magazine Ecomanía and the blog Sustentator.

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She writes in different national media about sustainability, environment and climate change, such as the newspaper La Razón and the magazine Cosmopolitan. In addition, she co-hosts the radio program Ser Sustentable and annually edits the magazine Conecta, the publication of the Environmental Film Festival Green Film Fest. She offers journalism courses and talks on climate change. Today she's consulted by national and international media on issues of environmental awareness.

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Associate Director, CLACDS, INCAE Business School

Ana Maria Majano

El Salvador

Ana María is Associate Director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS), at INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, since January 2011. Between August 2002 and May 2007 she was INCAE´s Director of External Cooperation and Executive Director of CLACDS. Prior to joining INCAE, she held high-level positions in several public and private organizations in her native El Salvador.

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From 2007 to 2010 Ana María worked as an independent consultant for INCAE and other international organizations, mainly in the areas of energy, environment, and regulatory analysis. She currently leads the work of CLACDS related to energy and climate change. She is one of the leaders of the Secretariat of the Platform for Low-Emission Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC LEDS) and is a member of the Steering Committee.

She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, which she attended as a Fulbright/LASPAU Scholar.

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Head of Sustainable Development Division, Ministry of Energy of Chile

Nicola Borregaard

Chile

Nicola is now the Head of Sustainable Development Division, Ministry of Energy of Chile. Prior to this new position in the Bachelet Administration, Nicola was the General Manager of the Energy & Climate Change Program at the Fundación Chile. She has specialized in innovation, economy, sustainable development, environment, public policy, and energy efficiency and written multiple publications on these topics.

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Nicola has also held various national and international consultancies for agencies, institutions, civil society organizations and companies including OECD, ECLAC and UNEP-Chile. Nicola was born in Germany and has lived in Chile since 1993, focusing his career in Chile and Latin America.

She has a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Cambridge and Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Suny, Albany, among other titles.

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Head of Division on Energy Policy and Prospecting, Ministry of Energy in Chile

Annie Dufey

Chile

Annie recently joined the Ministry of Energy of Chile as the Head of the Division of Prospecting and Energy Policy. Prior to the Bachelet administration, she was the Director of Policies, Strategies and Society at Fundación Chile´s Energy and Climate Change program. (Despite the name, the Foundation works mostly as an incubator of ideas and projects).

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For several years she was Senior Researcher at the Environmental Economics Programme of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London. She is also co-founder and member of the Board of the Platform Energy Scenarios Chile 2030 –an independent outlet that for the first time let a public debate of these national scenarios in Chile. She has been an independent consultant to several multilateral organizations including OECD, UNCTAD, ECLAC, DFID and IDB.

Annie is an Economist from Universidad de Chile and Master of Arts in Environment and Development Policies from University of Sussex.

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Leader at CO2.CR

Alejandra Granados

Costa Rica

Alejandra has played a role in engaging a young Costa Ricans in the debate on climate change. She coordinates projects at CO2.cr and collaborates with the Friedrich Ebert in the design of the Climate Dialogues in Costa Rica. She is member of the Coordination Team running the Platform for Low-Emission Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean and has been an author of Estado de la Nación, a landmark annual report providing date on the ‘state of the nation’.

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She was Leader of Dialogues at Costa Rica Limpia, a citizen initiative advancing new ideas on low-emissions development. Alejandra has a BSc in chemistry and environmental engineering at the University of Costa Rica and has joined specialized workshops in Costa Rica and abroad. Her goal is to empower youth as promoters of of social justice based on new and greater action to tackle and to adapt to climate change.

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Independent Advisor

Sunita Dubey

India

Sunita has worked on environmental governance, climate justice, and energy access issues in India and South Africa for the past 17 years. She is currently also focusing on the countries BASIC (Brazil, China, India and South Africa) and BRICS (Brazil, India, China, South Africa and Russia) given these emerging economies increasing political and economic clout and as well as influence on key climate and development outcomes. She was the Head of Programmes and CEO Vasudha Foundation USA.

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She has extensively written on these issues with southern perspective in various publications.

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Director, Climate Action Network International

Wael Hmaidan

Lebanon

Wael is from Lebanon and has more than 17 years of experience in climate change and sustainable development in the Arab World and globally. Wael is also the founder of IndyACT, an organization that campaigns for achieving a strong and progressive climate change position among Arab countries. During his work in IndyACT, he established the Arab Climate Alliance and the Arab Youth Climate Movement to push for strong climate policy in the region.

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He also served as a negotiator for Lebanon in the international climate negotiations for two years. His climate work started in his capacity as the Greenpeace campaigner for the Arab World, where he helped establish the energy and climate change campaign in the region. Wael participates frequently as a policy expert and speaker in numerous regional and international climate forums and events. Wael is the Director of Climate Action Network – International (CAN), the biggest global network of organizations coordinating on climate change policy, especially within the UNFCCC process.

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Climate Finance Adviser, E3G & GCF

Chantal Naidoo

South Africa

Chantal Naidoo has 20 years experience working in various financial contexts which she has integrated into her current focus on environmental and development finance. She served as a corporate tax advisor (Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen), investment officer (Credit Suisse, African Merchant Bank and Nedbank Capital) as well as a Divisional Executive (Development Bank of Southern Africa). She presently serves as a Senior Associate to E3G, where she leads their work on national finance strategies for climate change in Peru, Chile, Colombia and South Africa.

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Chantal also serves as a Regional Advisor to the Green Climate Fund, focusing on readiness and preparatory support to Anglophone African countries. She has co-authored several papers on strategic approaches to climate finance and financing trends for green growth through her work at E3G.

Chantal has worked extensively on the integration of development and climate finance at a national level through her work at the DBSA where she was tasked with mainstreaming of climate change into its infrastructure investment programme. As part of DBSA's advisory role to government, Chantal led the research on climate finance policy for South Africa's National Climate Change Response Policy and was a leading contributor of the design architecture of South Africa’s Green Fund. She also initiated the accreditation process for DBSA as a national implementing agent for the Global Environmental Facility and advanced work on creating a human settlements NAMA for South Africa. She represented the DBSA at various platforms, including the International Development Finance Club and the South African government on development and climate finance events. Most recently, she supported the South African government in promoting the inclusion of financing strategies to implement the sustainable development goals at the Rio Summit 2012.

Chantal is a South African national and holds a Masters in Development Finance (Stellenbosch University) and a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Cape Town). She is based in Johannesburg, South Africa where she also serves as an advisor and faculty member on climate related research and training programmes. She sits on the Board member of two privately owned companies and foundations.

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Climate Finance Adviser, ODI & GCF

Smita Nakhooda

India

Smita Nakhooda has more than ten years of experience working on international climate change, finance and energy policy. She leads the work stream on finance to help developing countries address climate change at the Overseas Development Institute in London. She is an adviser to the Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund, and the UNFCCC Secretariat.

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She was previously a Senior Associate in the Institutions and Governance Programme at the World Resources Institute where she led research and engagement programmes on climate finance, the environmental impacts of development finance and the governance of electricity in major developing countries. She also developed a programme of work addressing governance of forests in the context of global efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation.

Smita is an Indian national, with extensive work experience in South Africa, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Earlier in her career she worked on rural electrification in Uganda with the United Nations Development Program. Smita holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and a BA in Government and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College (USA).

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