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PODCAST

Interviews and experiences of Latin America to understand the links between environment, economy, and climate; to analyze the global outlook, and to share innovative solutions. This podcast was developed with the support of the European Climate Foundation (ECF).

Episodes are available only in Spanish.

Brújula Sonora Podcast

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Last episode

Brújula Sonora behind microphones

In this first season of Brújula Sonora Podcast we delivered 17 episodes with a lot of content and quality. But, have you asked yourself, how did we make it possible? In this episode we share everything that happened behind the microphones. A story based on the voices of those who were part of this sound proposal.

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Episode 16

Oceans, navigating their sustainability

We know more about Mars than we do about the oceans, and what we forget is that we receive many benefits from them. For this reason, to close the season, we spoke with Fernando Félix, an expert in marine conservation, about the benefits and threats faced by the world’s largest ecosystem. Then we moved to the Colombian Pacific, and from the hand of Ana Granja, a Piangüera, we learned about this ancestral trade that still goes through many challenges.

A project that WWF Colombia has worked with these communities.

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Episode 15

Financial decisions for sustainability

Guaranteeing a sustainable world with well-being for all is a great challenge.

Financial institutions, for example, are protagonists in these transformations that translate into sustainability and quality of life for citizens.

How is this possible? What can institutions do and what can citizens do? To explore the philosophical and practical depth of this topic, we spoke with the professor of finance at Universidad de los Andes, Daniel Mantilla-García; Ana Fernanda Maiguashca, former co-director of the Central Bank in Colombia (Banco de la República); and the design engineer and creator of @laeconstantino, Sara Constantino.

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Episode 14

Forests, nuclei of life

The future of forests depends on their protection and the implementation of innovative initiatives to conserve them.

In this episode we invite Jorge Meza Robayo, FAO representative in Paraguay, to talk about the challenges of Latin American forests.

Then, we move to the Paraguayan Chaco and with the help of journalist Aldo Benitez, from Mongabay Latam, we will meet the Ayoreo Totobiegosode indigenous community and their experience monitoring the forests of their ancestral territory together with the Federation for the Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples (FAPI ) and Global Forest Watch.

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Episode 13

What we breathe, much more than air

We rarely wonder what the quality of the air we breathe is like.

To find out what is happening in Latin America, we spoke with Abraham Ortínez, an expert and researcher at the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change of Mexico. On the other hand, we share the experience of REDSPIRA, a citizen monitoring network that from innovation provides data and pedagogy in a city in northern Mexico. Alberto Mejía, co-founder and director of this initiative; Marco Bojórquez, user of the app; and Julissa Mesa, a teacher from the area, share their experience with us.

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Episode 12

Bees, pollinators of life

They are much more than insects: they have the responsibility of pollinating a large part of the planet’s crops.

To learn more about bees, their diversity, importance, and threats, Eunice Enríquez, a Guatemalan biologist associated with the University of San Carlos of Guatemala shares her knowledge with us. Likewise, the voices of Ahmid Dacarett and Diana Cruz tell us about the experience of Bee Hub Guate, an initiative dedicated to the rescue and conservation of native bees through multiple strategies.

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Episode 11

The US and its new leadership in climate action

The United States has returned to the Paris Agreement, and pro-climate movements are already being seen.

With a different narration and by the hand of three experts, in this episode, we analyze the implications in economic and geopolitical terms of this new stage in climate action, marked by the change of government in the United States. Isabel Cavelier, Carolina Herrera, and Larry Gumbiner help us understand what is coming for the world and the region.

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Episode 10

Lights and perspectives in the energy transition

Thinking about transition and energy efficiency in Latin America implies looking at the sources of generation, the form of distribution, and people’s access to electricity.

To find out how the region is, Natalia and Mariana spoke with Maria Fernada Suárez, an expert on the subject and who raises interesting reflections on the matter. We also share the experience of Honduras in the matter of energy transition and the role of the private sector in this whole process.

Through Grupo Terra we learned how to build a solar park, and how women have been the key workforce to make it possible.

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Episode 9

 Rethinking food systems, beyond the climate

Having nutritious quality food in the necessary quantities is a key issue for the well-being of all human beings. Climate change is affecting this basic necessity, and in turn, some food production practices also affect global warming.

To tell us how Latin America is doing in this regard, we spoke with Alan Bojanic, representative in Colombia of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). And with the voices of William Guanga and Sara Perlaza we will learn about an initiative of the UN World Food Program (WFP) on the Colombian-Ecuadorian border.

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Episode 8

Just energy transition, more than a change

Latin America is one of the regions most dependent on fossil fuels such as oil and gas, among others, to generate its energy.

However, on the way to decarbonize the economy, there are other options that invite us to move towards renewable energies. To delve into the subject, we spoke with Jorge Villarreal, director of Climate Policy at the NGO Climate Initiative of Mexico.

Then, we explore the story of Uruguay with the voices of Wilson Sierra and Lorena Di Chiara who have participated in the energy transition process of this South American country.

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Episode 7

Realities in motion, migration by climate

Realities in motion, migration by climate. An issue that grows year by year, and the outlook for natural disaster scenarios shows the gaps in international frameworks.

What to do about it? We spoke with Vicente Anzellini from the Internal Displacement Observatory (IDMC) in Geneva (Switzerland). Then we moved to Brazil, and with the help of Tatiana Mendonça from the Community of Nova Enseada and Erika Pires, founder of the South American Network for Environmental Migrations (RESAMA), we will learn about the history of a Caiçara community to which the impacts of climate change forced to relocate.

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Episode 6

Southern conversations, a look from the south

Which are the effects of climate change in this part of the world?

Cristian Lorenzo, an expert from the Austral Center for Scientific Research, shares Antarctica’s geopolitics perspective.

Then, César Guala and Javiera Valencia, talk about the Austral Patagonia Program, an initiative that seeks to improve the conservation status in the marine and terrestrial portion of Chilean Patagonia.

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Episode 5

The climate in finance, the indispensable variable

What do the economy, finance, and climate change have in common? The answer is: everything.

Silvia Charpentier, a board member of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, helps to elucidate more about it.

Also, Maria del Carmen García Rivas from the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas of Mexico (CONANP) and the volunteer, Elías Gutiérrez, told us how a financial mechanism could ensure the conservation and restoration of coral reefs in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

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Episode 4

Pathways to a just and resilient recovery

Is Latin America prepared to overcome the impacts of the pandemic in coherence with caring for the environment? A chat with Piedad Martín from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

We also share Costas Listas with María Amalia Porta and Luis Cheves, an initiative that seeks to integrate climate change into the conservation of marine protected areas in the Caribbean.

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Episode 3

The cake is ready! The five years of the Paris Agreement

What has happened, and how is the region facing the largest global pact to act on climate change?

A pleasant conversation with three ex-negotiators: Giannina Santiago and Alejandra López from the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC), and Mariana Rojas, our host. We will also share the experience of Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI). Through Rodrigo Perpetuo, Executive Secretary of ICLEI South America.

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Episode 2

Looking for the course. UN 2020 Assembly

Every year the 195 members of the United Nations meet to address strategic and definitive issues.

The General Assembly in 2020 was pseudo digital but no less critical. What issues were addressed, and how does the region look? An episode with Andrea Guerrero from Mission 2020 and the people of ACOFOP Guatemala.

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Episode 1

With the window open, the challenge of recovering better

The Covid-19 pandemic put us in check. But, crises are also opportunities.

Will Latin America recover better, face this difficult moment, and prevent other concerns from worsening? An episode with Carlos Manuel Rodríguez from Costa Rica, CEO of the Global Environment Fund (GEF), and the experience of Turem, sustainable tourism in Mesetas (Colombia) with Jefferson Oliveros.

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Trailer

How about we locate ourselves?

There are plenty of devices that allow us to know where we are, with complex systems and software. But, what if we go back to the compass? This is a venture into bringing new perspectives and reflections on different topics we all are involved with.

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operating as a Non-Profit Organization with Tax ID No. 901057447-2 and with its main address in the city of Bogotá D.C. (Colombia) declares:
That, in compliance with Statutory Law 1581 of 2012, which establishes the General Data Protection Regime in Colombia and Regulatory Decree 1377 of 2013, as well as the best international practices in this matter, is responsible for the treatment (collection, storage, use, circulation or deletion) of personal data in development of its purpose focused on promoting Colombian exports, foreign direct investment, international tourism and the country brand.

The owners of personal data have the right to know, update, rectify or delete, before those responsible for its treatment, the information collected in the databases or files, in the terms established in the current regulations and in the Personal Data Processing Policy, which may be reviewed at any time at the following link: Personal Data Processing Policy

The purposes of processing personal data currently held by Transforma are the following:

  1. Develop activities of the Organization
  2. Make commercial contacts with companies operating in Colombia.
  3. Provide information on tourist promotions.
  4. Send invitations to the events carried out by Transforma.
  5. Respond to requests made by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia or any other authority.
For any request related to the Privacy Notice, please contact the following email:
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Personal Data Processing Policy

Transforma

In compliance with Statutory Law 1581 of 2012, which establishes the General Data Protection Regime in Colombia, as well as the best international practices in this matter, it is responsible for the processing of your personal data.

1). Rights as the owner of the information:

  1. Know, update, rectify, delete and revoke personal data. This right may be exercised, among others, against partial, inaccurate, incomplete, fractioned, misleading data, or those whose Treatment is expressly prohibited or has not been authorized.
  2. Request proof of the authorization of Treatment granted.
  3. Be informed about the use that Transforma has given to personal data.
  4. Present before the corresponding control bodies, complaints for infractions to the provisions of current regulations and other regulations that modify, add or complement it.
  5. Free access to personal data that has been subject to Treatment.

2). Transforma Information:

  1.  Address: Calle 72 # 6 -30, Bogotá D.C. – Colombia
  2. Email: info@transforma.global
  3. Website: www.transforma.global

3). Channels through which you can exercise rights:
The Holder may use the Transforma’s correspondence system, by email to the address: info@transforma.global

4). Responsible area of complaints, claims, congratulations and suggestions management:
The monitoring and control of the care of these cases is the responsibility of the Executive Director of Transforma through the channels indicated in number 3) of this communication.

5). Procedures for knowledge, update, deletion, revocation and rectification:
The owner may request through the contact channels named above, the update, deletion, revocation and rectification of the information and / or make inquiries or claims related to their information. Transforma will validate the identification, analyze, classify and issue the response to the request in the times established by law, and will be sent through the means by which the request is received or by the means that the owner specifies in his communication. The deletion of personal data and / or revocation of authorization for information processing will not proceed when the owner has a legal or contractual duty to remain in the Transforma databases.

These requirements will be processed when they meet the following criteria:

  1. The request must be addressed to Transforma,
  2. It must have the identification of the owner, his successor in title, representative or agent,
  3. It must contain the description of the facts that give rise to his request,
  4. Contact information for notification of the response,
  5. Documents and facts supporting his request.

If the request is incomplete in terms of its requirements, the applicant will be required to correct its omissions within five (5) days after receiving the request. After two (2) months from the date the applicant was required to correct his request without obtaining the required information, it will be understood that he has withdrawn the claim.

The maximum term to attend the request will be fifteen (15) business days from the day following the receiving date.

If it is not possible to respond to any requirement due to its complexity, the applicant will be informed of the reason why it is not possible to respond within the term set by current regulations. When notification of the impossibility of responding within the initially indicated term is notified, the applicant must be informed of the date on which the request will be answered, which in no case may exceed eight (8) business days following the expiration of the first term.

6). Transforma’s policies regarding the processing of personal data:

  1. Comply with the treatment of the personal data of the holders within the parameters established by the Constitution and current regulations.
  2. Obtain, in accordance with the provisions of current regulations, the express authorization of the owners in physical, electronic and / or telephone means that allows their subsequent consultation in order to unequivocally verify that without the consent of the owner the data would never have been captured and stored on electronic or physical media. Likewise, it may be obtained through clear and unequivocal conduct of the Holder that allows to conclude in a reasonable way that he granted his consent for the handling of his personal data.
  3. Promote the confidentiality, integrity and availability of personal data by the person in charge and those in charge.
  4. Personal data will only be processed by those collaborators who require it based on the activities of their position or by the Managers or Managers; the latter will be supplied with the information required for the fulfillment of the contractual obligations.
  5. Collaborators must guarantee the reservation of information during the period of relationship with Transforma or the term of the contract, when applicable, and after termination or separation.
  6. Carry out the processing of personal data in accordance with the purposes authorized by the owners.
  7. Not to disclose personal data on the Internet or other massive means of communication, unless it is public information or information required by current regulations.
  8. The personal data information of the holders will be guarded in accordance with the organization’s information security and retention policies.
  9. Adopt the other necessary measures so that the information is kept up to date.
  10. Correct the information when it is incorrect and communicate the pertinent to any authorized third party.
  11. Process the queries and claims made by the Holders in the terms indicated in the current regulations.
  12. At the request of the owner and when he does not have any legal or contractual duty to remain in the databases, the information of the owner must be eliminated.
  13. Keep the information under the security conditions necessary to prevent its adulteration, loss, consultation, use or unauthorized or fraudulent access.
  14. Transforma will apply the appropriate security measures for the treatment of information classified as sensitive, which includes, among others, the personal data of the children (boys, girls and adolescents) of the collaborators.
  15. To strive for the strengthening of a corporate culture that advocates and safeguards the rights of the owners through training sessions.
  16. Always guarantee the full and effective exercise of the right to habeas data to the Holder.
  17. Properly inform the Holder about the purpose of the collection and the rights that assist him by virtue of the authorization granted.
  18. Guarantee that the information provided to any authorized third party, within the parameters established in current regulations, is truthful, complete, exact, updated, verifiable and understandable.
  19. Transforma may exchange personal data information with public entities when they request it in the exercise of their functions, for issues related to plans, programs and projects in the development of public policy.
  20. The established policies may be modified at any time. The modifications will comply with the current legal regulations, as well as the best international practices in this matter, and will enter into force as of their publication in the media available so that they are known to the owners.
  21. The transfer of personal data information to countries that do not provide adequate levels of data protection will be carried out under the conditions established in current regulations.
  22. Develop the activities required to comply with the obligations related to the Database Registry, when applicable.

JosÉ Luis DÍaz Ramos

PROFESSIONAL IN GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Economist and holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and Public Affairs. He has experience in environmental justice, agriculture, deforestation, energetic transition, among others. He is passionate about looking for solutions to promote more sustainable and climatically intelligent agro-food systems.


Natalia Gómez Gómez

Social Communicator and Journalist

Social Communicator and Journalist, specialist in organizational communication with a master’s degree in Human Development. She has experience in the creation of communication strategies and content management in non-governmental and educational organizations. She is passionate about audio storytelling production. She is interested in highlighting sustainable solutions to socio-environmental issues that inspire transformations.


Andrés Augusto Montaño

Environmental and Sanitary Engineer

Environmental and Sanitary Engineer from La Salle University, he is currently studying a master’s degree in Industrial Ecology and Clean production at ITMO University in Russia. He is convinced that sustainable development is possible. He has worked on projects related to communities’ environmental development, cleaner production in the private sector, management and use of solid waste, and conversion plans of hotels into eco-hotels.


Andrés Morales

Biologist

Biologist with experience in the formulation and implementation of projects, plans, policies, and climate change adaptation programs, climate risks management, and biodiversity conservation. He is passionate about the magic of the Pacific and he works to add efforts and collectively face the environmental deterioration that humans have generated.


Ana María Mogollón

Environmental Engineer

Environmental Engineer with an MSc. degree in Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering. She has experience working with private and public stakeholders on issues related to climate change and environmental and energy sustainability strategies. She loves nature and sharing experiences. Throughout her work, she has been looking to convey different interests to achieve the goal of sustainable development.


Angélica Mateus

Civil engineering

Civil Engineer with a master’s degree in Environmental Management. She has experience coordinating and managing projects related to infrastructure and rural development. She strongly believes in the systematic vision of sustainability, thus she is interested in contributing from the environmental dimension.


Alejandra López

Degree in International Relations

Holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, a master’s degree in Environment and Development from London School of Economics and Political Science. She has over 15 years of experience working in climate policy in México and Latin America, and internationally in the UN regime.


Alejandro Lindo

Lawyer

Lawyer graduated from the Universidad de los Andes, with experience in the support and coordination of intellectual property processes, commercial and administrative law, and disputes in government entities, due diligence, and compliance processes. He has provided legal support to non-profit organizations and partook in the UN volunteers program.


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María Lemos González

Lawyer

Lawyer graduated from the Universidad de los Andes, finalizing a master’s degree in Environmental Change and Management and starting another in Public Policy, both from Oxford University. She has experience in climate change, forests, environmental government, and multilateral negotiations.


Juan Carlos Guasca

Lawyer

Lawyer and specialist in financial legislation, master’s degree in Banking Regulation from Boston University, with experience in structuring finance and capital markets operations. He is interested in environmental affairs from the perspective of financial institutions, and in structuring of financial and stock market products because they channel the resources to protect and recover the environment.


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Ángela Convey-Ayala

LACADI Director 

Industrial engineer and economist graduated from the Universidad de los Andes, with a specialization in impact investment – Said Business School, Oxford University, United Kingdom. Specialist in green bonds and candidate to receive the ASG investment certificate granted by the CFA Institute. A fervent admirer of the environment, nature, and its conservation. She has the purpose and commitment to developing climate finance innovative solutions that contribute to the carbon-neutral economy development.


Juliana Peña

Environmental engineer

Environmental engineer graduated from the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, with a graduate degree in Integrated Environmental Management from Universidad de los Andes. She has experience working in the energy sector and planning sustainable cities. Volunteer in environmental education and citizen participation projects. She is passionate about being an agent of change.


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Carolina Dueñas

Sociologist

Sociologist and student of a master’s degree in Applied Economics. She has experience in data analysis and local development. She is passionate about political action and community-based environmental resource management. Her work aims to put the environment in the center of an equitable and environmentally sustainable model that provides welfare.


Nelson Diaz

Economist

with experience in sustainable finance and climate change. He is dedicated to working on these topics because he considers that the financial sector has an essential role in the achievement of global climate goals. He is passionate about traveling, climbing, and surfing.


María Camila Cristancho

Lawyer

with studies in development graduated from the Universidad de los Andes. She has 3 years of experience as a consultant for financial sector companies and public entities to include risks and opportunities of climate change into the investment and risk management decisions and into the climate finance national policy.


Claudia Ceccotti

Economist

with a postgraduate degree in International Business and an ongoing master’s degree in Sustainable Development Projects. She has experience in the financial sector and climate finance. She is passionate about nature and considers that her work is the way to support the conservation and balance of natural resources.


Laddy Johanna Castro

Public Accountant

with experience in budget and financial management of different international cooperation projects. She is passionate about team work towards achieving common objectives and is interested in environmental work because she considers that is a way to contribute to solving different issues.


Natalia Borrero Morales

Communications director

Social Communicator and Journalist with a master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management. She has experience with news coverage of socio-environmental conflicts and communications management of non-governmental organizations. She believes in the power of sharing knowledge and experiences, as well as the force of great storytelling.


Felipe Ávila

Business administrator

Business administrator with a minor in environmental management. He has experience in different administrative and financial areas.


Felipe Arango

Administrative Directors CCADI

Lawyer with a master’s degree in Environment and Sustainable Development. She has experience in climate change, gender, international negotiations, and diplomacy. She is passionate about dancing, diving, animals, and feminist political ecology. She is interested in working on environmental issues because it allows to articulate the complexity of development and showcases our interdependence.


Carolina Ortiz

Economist and Master in Economic Development

Economist with a master’s degree in Economic Development. She has experience in climate change, the financial sector, and quantitative public policy research. She is passionate about traveling, debating, and reading feminist novels. She works in climate finance because she considers that it is an important means to transition to a more sustainable and equitable society.


Álvaro Daniel Pinzón Velásquez

Geoscientist

experience in renewable energy and O&G. He is passionate about sustainable development and renewable energies. He works in environmental affairs because he thinks that we are on time to influence humankind to be capable of facing climate change.


Laura Flechas Mejía

Environmental engineer

She has experience as a project management consultant in climate change projects, the mining and energy sector, and relationship management. She is passionate about working with the community and learning from it by volunteering in social and environmental projects. She is interested in working in the environmental sector because she sees it as a community-based growth opportunity to achieve sustainability in Colombia.


Juan Sebastián Uribe Barcha

Environmental and Chemical Engineer

He has experience in climate change and project financing. He is passionate about reading and swimming. He is interested in working on environmental issues so he can build and foster sustainable and climate-resilient development in his home country, Colombia.


Natalia Villalpando Páez

PHILOSOPHER

Holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and masters in Philosophy and Public Policy (LSE). Cofounder of C230 Consultores Colombia, a design and public policy evaluation firm. She was the executive director of Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales in Mexico, a platform that encourages entrepreneurship and fosters women’s employment in vulnerable zones. Nowadays she is an associate at Unbounded Associates in Washington, DC.

Luis Alberto Camargo

Mechanical Engineer

graduated from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in Digital Arts from the Pratt Institute of New York. He is the director and founder of OpEPA, an organization that focuses on reconnecting people with the Earth to accelerate the transition to sustainable and regenerative cultures.

Jimena Nieto Carrasco

President of the Board of Directors.

Lawyer graduated from the Universidad del Rosario, and holds a certificate of Political Studies from Science Po (Paris) and a master’s degree (LLM) in Public International Law from the London School of Economics. She was part of the Colombian delegations in multilateral negotiations on climate change, biodiversity, waste, mercury, and chemical substances. She is a lecturer of environmental international law at the Universidad de Los Andes, Universidad del Rosario, Universidad Externado, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano and the Instituto FLACSO (Argentina)

Isabel Cavelier Adarve

Writer, Lawyer, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Languages
and Socio-Cultural Studies.

She has worked in academia, in the public and private sectors, and civil society organizations in issues related to human rights, discrimination, gender equality, sustainable development, climate change, climate finance, and ecological transitions. She is an explorer, traveler, and storyteller. She enjoys foraging and sowing. She co-founded Transforma.

Helena García Romero

Economist and Political Scientist

graduated from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, with a Masters in Public Management and International Development from Harvard University. Specialist in design and evaluation of environmental and competitiveness public policies. She has worked in the public and private sectors in Mexico and Colombia. Nowadays she is an independent consultant.

Andrea Guerrero García

INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY AND DIPLOMACY

Holds a bachelor’s degree in Forest Science from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Biology. She has worked in the Colombian Ministry of the Environment as climate change director and then as director of economical, social, and environmental issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2015 she led the Colombian technical delegation that negotiated the Paris Agreement. Nowadays, she is part of the climate change team of the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. She co-founded Transforma.

Alexa Kleysteuber

Economist

graduated from The University of North Carolina. MSc. in Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She has worked as an advisor for the Ministry of the Environment of Chile and as deputy secretary for border and intergovernmental relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency.

María del Pilar Torres

Social Communicator and Translator

She has experience in publishing projects, journalism, and teaching. She is passionate about working in social organizations and children’s literature. She is interested in working on environmental issues because she is convinced of the relevance that her generation has to impact the planet in a positive way.


Lina María Puerto Chaves

Lawyer and master’s degree in environment

Lawyer and MSc. in Environment, expert in environmental policy, climate change and biodiversity conservation. She is passionate about the interdisciplinarity of the challenges of energy transitions and she works for them to be done fairly. This has shaped both her professional training and experiences in climate and energy policy.


Lorena Téllez Farfán

Professional in environmental sciences and master’s degree in biology

Holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences with a master’s degree in biology. She has experience in scientific research and environmental consulting. She is passionate about learning about nature to understand and conserve it. She is interested in working on environmental issues because she recognizes the importance of developing sustainable social systems that use and preserve nature.


Valentina Sanmiguel

chemical engineer

Chemical Engineer with a specialization in Financial Management, a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, and a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management. She has experience in environmental and climate change projects and in financial due diligence processes. She is passionate about golf and traveling. She is interested in working on environmental issues to contribute to the efficient use of resources and sustainable development.


Ximena Samaniego

Environmental Engineer

Environmental Engineer, specialist in Water and Environmental Sanitation, and holds a dual master’s degree in Natural Resource Management with a minor in Latin America. She has worked on GHG mitigation issues at the Latin American Development bank (CAF), and at the ministry of the Environment.


Kateri Salas Salazar

Professional in international relations

Holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, and a master’s degree in Public Administration and Project management. She has experience in operations and project management focused on youth empowerment and human rights She is passionate about gastronomy and painting with watercolor. She is interested in working on environmental issues because she considers it is essential to inspire transformation.


María Paula Rubio

Economist

Economist from the Universidad del Rosario. She has experience in the public sector on issues of social conflict, royalties, and public policy. She is passionate about long walks and mountains. Because she has a powerful connection with nature, she is interested in working on environmental issues to contribute to its conservation.


Ximena Rojas

CCADI COORDINATOR

Environmental Engineer, master’s degree in Business Administration and Engineering, combined experience in environmental consulting, strategic diagnosis of the environment, and risks for sustainable growth. She works in climate finance because she wants to harness the unique opportunity that the private sector has to combat the climate crisis.


Mariana Rojas Laserna

Biologist

Biologist from the Universidad Javeriana, master’s degree in Environmental Sciences with a minor in environmental policy from Wageningen University. She has worked in the public sector in institutions such as the National Parks Unit, the national Planning Department and the Ministry of the Environment. In the latter, she was director of climate change and risk management.

María Laura Rojas

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Lawyer with a master’s degree in Environment and Sustainable Development. She has experience in climate change, gender, international negotiations, and diplomacy. She is passionate about dancing, diving, animals, and feminist political ecology. She is interested in working on environmental issues because it allows to articulate the complexity of development and showcases our interdependence.


María Andrea Rueda

Biologist with a master’s degree in Natural Resource Law

She has more than 13 years of professional experience in the cycle of environmental public policy and the creation of sustainable development opportunities in various productive sectors, as well as experience in intervention evaluation issues, international SDG agendas, the Paris Agreement, and the Biodiversity Framework, among others.


Julián Andrade Franco

Politologist

Holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Universidad de los Andes, with experience in political analysis, communication, and advocacy in environmental governance and climate change-related topics. He is passionate about understanding of the political dimensions that underlie environmental challenges, as bridges and political strategies can be built from them.