Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Climate Observatory
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.
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).
Journalist specialized in energy and climate change
Diego Arguedas Ortiz
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.
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.
Executive Director of the Center for Corporate Leadership for Climate Change
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.
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.
Researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico
Gian Carlo Delgado
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.
Research Assistant, World Resources Institute
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.
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
Indira holds a Master of Science in Global Affairs from New York
University and a B.Sc. in International Studies from Universidad Central de
Theologian and writer, member of The Earth Charter Initiative
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.
|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.”
Co-founder and leader of Communications at Costa Rica Limpia
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.
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.
Investigadora del Cambio Climático en América Latina
Maria Eugenia Rinaudo
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.
Senior Climate Change Advisor, Christian Aid
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.
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.
Programme Officer at Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental
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.
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).
Programme Officer on Energy and Environment with UNDP 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.
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.
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.
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.
Environmental Journalist, Climate Reality Leader
Tais Gadea Lara
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.
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.
Associate Director, CLACDS, INCAE Business School
Ana Maria Majano
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.
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
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
Head of Sustainable Development Division, Ministry of Energy of 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
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.
Head of Division on Energy Policy and Prospecting, Ministry of Energy in 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).
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.
Leader at CO2.CR
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’.
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
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.
extensively written on these issues with southern perspective in various
Director, Climate Action Network International
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.
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.
Climate Finance Adviser, E3G & GCF
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.
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.
Climate Finance Adviser, ODI & GCF
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.
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).