"20 Women to watch" ahead of the 2015 climate summit

Responding to Climate Change (RTCC) recently published an article on the 20 women to watch ahead of the 2015 climate summit. Nivela's Director Monica Araya is one of them. Here is a brief overview of these 20 women and their respective backgrounds. You can see the full article by Ed King here.

Laurence Tubiana: Appointed special representative of the French minister of foreign affairs in May, Tubiana will advise the Paris 2015 climate summit president Laurent Fabius and his negotiating team.

Angela Merkel: The German chancellor is the most powerful woman in Europe and one of the most influential politicians in the world.

Malia and Sasha Obama: They are highly unlikely to feature at the UN talks, but President Obama has frequently cited his daughters as one of the reasons why he wants to address the causes of climate change.

Connie Hedegaard: She leaves her post as EU climate chief later this year, but the fiery Dane has a critical part to play in securing the 2015 treaty she has fought for.

Marlene Moses: Nauru’s UN ambassador is the current face of small island states, the conscience of the UN climate process.

Rachel Kyte: The tough-talking West Ham football fan runs the World Bank’s clean energy division and together with president Jim Kim has led its transition away from its roots as a fossil fuel funder.

Izabella Teixeira: Brazil’s uncompromising environment minister treads a delicate line. Climate science studies indicate the country will be hit hard if warming breaches 2C.

Nawal Al Honsany: Masdar City’s director of sustainability is the face of clean tech in the Middle East.

Frances Beinecke: When President Barack Obama announced new carbon standards for power plants in June, corks popped (metaphorically) at the NRDC.

Lisa Jackson: Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Jackson is now head of sustainability at the iPhone makers.

Mary Robinson: The former Ireland president turned climate justice campaigner was recently appointed Ban Ki-moon’s climate envoy.

Sheikh Hasina: First elected in 2009, Bangladesh’s prime minister ‘gets’ climate change, according to local campaigners.

Hela Cheikhrouhou: Green Climate Fund executive director. Formerly at Citibank, the World Bank and the African Development Bank.

Claudia Salerno: Venezuela’s chief negotiator Salerno plays a central role in the Like Minded Group of Developing Countries (LMGDC).

Pilita Clark: The FT’s environment correspondent performs a vital role in communicating what is being discussed at UN talks to the global business community.

Monica Araya: The Costa Rica climate campaigner and former climate negotiator now runs Nivela, an environmental thinktank focused on Latin America.

Tasneem Essop: Former South African provincial minister, now a central player in WWF’s efforts to secure a global climate deal.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt: Denmark’s prime minister.

Lavanja Rajamani: A professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, India.

Bernarditas Muller: This complex and experienced Philippines negotiator helped draft the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, but has a mixed relationship with UN talks.

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