Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)
Over a dozen years, he has built IIHS into one of the world’s leading education, research, training, advisory and implementation- support institution, focusing on the multi-dimensional challenges and opportunities of sustainable urbanisation.
Over 35 years of interdisciplinary experience in sustainable development, public policy and governance, human settlements, global environmental and technological change.
Regional Director, Latin America at Plastic Oceans
Mark has been executive director of Plastic Oceans Chile since June 2017, and Regional Director of Latin America since 2020. Mark pushes for Chile´s transition to a Circular Economy in different workgroups and is also a member of the board of the Chilean Plastics Pact. He works with companies, NGOs, government institutes and international embassies to generate a multisectoral collaborative network to manage this transition. As a two-time President of the Community Environmental Committee of Providencia, he won a national award for best committee in 2017. He is currently serving his first term on the advisory board of the Chilean Ministry of Environment. He is also part of the Circular Economy platform of the Americas, CEPA.
ECLAC Economic Affairs, Energy and Natural Resources Officer, Lead author of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming at 1.5 ° C and AR6
Dr. Debora Ley is Economic Affairs Officer, Energy and Natural Resources Unit, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico. She is Lead Author for IPCC’s AR6 and the Special Report on Global Warming at 1.5°C. She has a DPhil in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a BSc in Electromechanical Engineering. She focuses on topics of renewable energy, rural electrification, sustainable development, and climate change. She is also a volunteer with Engineers without Borders, and editor Regional Environmental Change Journal
Viceminister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Martha Delgado is currently the Viceminister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she promotes a multilateral foreign policy agenda.
She is a recognized environmentalist leader at the national and international levels. She has 28 years of consecutive professional experience in various areas of national public service: in the Federal Public Administration and leading non-profit organizations dedicated to environmentalism and human rights.
Maria José Martínez-Harms
PhD in Biodiversity Conservation Science from the University of Queensland, Australia and currently an adjunct researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Millennium Institute of Coastal Socio-Ecology, Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity and Center for Applied Ecology and Sustainability.
Her research is focuses in landscape ecology, the study of ecosystem services, evidence-based conservation, and spatial planning for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. In 2019 she received the L’Oreal Chile-Unesco For Women in Science Award.
Director of Environment and Maritime Affairs, in the Ministry of External Affairs, Chile
Ambassador Waldemar Coutts, Director for Environment and Oceans of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. BA in Political Science, University of Louvain, Diploma in International Relations, ENA, Paris. He led the identification of contents and commitments of the second Our Ocean Conference, held in Chile in October 2015. He also represented Chile in the process that led to the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He is the Special Representative of Chile in the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, led by Norway.
Patricia Morales Errazuriz
Manager at Filantropía Cortes Solari
Economist at the Catholic University of Louvain. Master of Arts in Economics, from the Paris School of Economics, university professor in International Economics and Econometrics. Radio and other media panelist, awarded by the “Mujer Opina” Award 2017, for promoting the role of women in public spaces and politics.
Reporter CNN Chile
Assistant Deputy Administrator for Research for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where she oversees the day-to-day operations and management of NOAA’s research business. In 2015, Ko Barrett was one of the first women chosen to serve as IPCC Vice President. For more than 15 years, she has represented the United States in delegations in charge of negotiating and adopting scientific assessments conducted by the IPCC. She has also served for more than a decade as the lead negotiator for the United States on the United Nations climate change treaty.
Francisca Cortés Solari
Executive President at Filantropía Cortés Solari
Philanthropist, conservationist and entrepreneur, she is passionate about nature. A pioneer in the development of a Philanthropy that is defined as actions that emerges from private, but of public utility. She has received numerous awards for her work in philanthropic, scientific and conservation fields.
Director of the Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (CIGIDEN)
Associate Professor of the Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering
School of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
He is a Civil Hydraulic Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master and Doctor of Earth Sciences from the University of Grenoble (France).
His main research area has contributed to the understanding and modeling of the physical processes of wave and tsunami propagation and their interaction with natural and built environments.
The last 6 years he has served as director of CIGIDEN, FONDAP Center of Excellence of the National Research and Development Agency (ANID), where he conducts interdisciplinary research for disaster risk reduction.
Eduardo Calvo Buendia
Co Presidente GTI IPCC
Eduardo Calvo is a Co-Chair of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is an environmental scientist from Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. He is an Associate Professor at San Marcos University in Lima, Peru where he teaches courses devoted to environmental pollution and natural resources management. He has also taught at Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería and Universidad Nacional Federico Villareal. He is a former Board Member of the Peruvian Chemical Society and a former member of the Peruvian Academy of Health. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism, and was a negotiator or advisor on climate change negotiations from 1996 to 2015.
Researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA)
Biologist, Master of Ecology, PhD in Global Change and researcher at the Center of Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA). Her research is focused on studying which are the physiological patterns that marine species express to resist and tolerate changes in the ocean conditions. This information is directly applied to determine how adapted and resilient are the coastal communities to climate change, but also to suggest potential new areas for conservation and restoration. Laura is Lead Author in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) in the regional chapter “Central and South America”.
Oceanographer. Defender of the Oceans and the Environment
American marine biologist, explorer and author. She has been the author of numerous documentaries for National Geographic since 1998. Sylvia was the first chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and was named by Time magazine as the first Hero of the planet in 1998. She has dedicated her life to studying the situation of the oceans. She has experience as a field scientist, government official, and director of corporate and non-profit organizations.
Dr. Paty Romero-Lankao joined NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences in 2018 as a senior research scientist in joint appointment with the University of Chicago’s Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, where she is a research fellow. Paty examines the interactions among people and cities, with a particular emphasis on the sustainability of energy systems, mobility, and the built environment, as well as their resilience to climate change. Throughout her career, she has developed a considerable body of highly regarded interdisciplinary research, resulting in several research grants, and 135 peer-reviewed publications. Paty has extensive experience as a sociologist working across disciplines, and at the science-policy interface, in the US, Mexico, and many other urban locations internationally. Her leadership of international research has garnered a good deal of recognition. She was co-leading author to Working Group II of the Nobel prize-winning IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). She is editor of Earth’s Future and editorial board member of several journals.
Ornella Tiboni Oschilewski
Consultant in Nutrition and Food Systems, FAO Regional Office in Chile
Specialist in nutrition and production systems, with a master’s degree in human nutrition.
Director at Espacio Público
Economist from the University of Chile and Master of Arts in Environment and Development Policy from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom with more than 20 years of experience.
She was leader and Executive Secretary of Energy 2050 -Participatory Planning Process for Energy Policy – and Head of the Energy Policy and Foresight Division of the Ministry of Energy; Director of Policies, Strategies and Society in Energy and Climate Change of Fundación Chile; and Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), among others.
Erik Mencos Contreras
Research Associate at Columbia University’s Earth Institute
He serves as Project Coordinator for the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP). He was Contributing Author and Chapter Scientist of the Food Security chapter in the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land. He has a Masters in Climate and Society from Columbia University and a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.
Minister of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, Chile
Federico Ignacio Isla
IPCC Author, chapter Ocean and Cryosphere.
CONICET researcher since 1984, promoted to Senior Researcher in 2013. Professor at the University of Vigo (Spain), Concepción (Chile) and UNLPam (Argentina). He has been Dean of the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences of the UNMDP (Argentina) between 2002 and 2006; repeatedly Senior Advisor and Director of the Institute of Coastal and Quaternary Geology. He has made more than 230 contributions to journals, published 7 books and directed / co-directed 9 doctoral theses. Since 2017 he has been a member of the great Area of Exact and Natural Sciences. He has also belonged to the advisory commission on Geology, Mining and Hydrology of the CICPBA. From 2019 to 2022 he is President of the Latin American Association for Marine Sciences (ALICMAR).
Juan José Donoso
Head of Natural Resources and Biodiversity, at the Ministry of the Environment, Chile
Juan José is an economics professor at the Catholic University of Chile, where he has taught courses for over ten years. Previously he worked at the Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency as an adviser on environmental matters, and served as executive secretary at the Comission for Sustainable Development and Climate Change of the Confederation for Production and Commerce of Chile. He is a ornithology enthusiast and has written two books on birds: Geography of Birds of Central Chile (CEP, 2015) and Flight of American Birds (Amanuta, 2018). Juan José holds an undergraduate degree in economics as well as a masters in economics with a focus on public policy, both from the Catholic University of Chile.
Nashieeli Valencia Núñez
Maria Amparo Martinez Arroyo
General Director of the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change
Representative of Mexico and negotiator, before international organizations related to Climate Change such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), the Inter-American Institute for Global Climate Change Research (IAI) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change among others.
Director at Fundation Meri
Biochemical engineer with a doctorate in environmental engineering, his career has focused on air quality and climate policy. During his PhD, he worked for NASA science missions in the US, Mexico, and Asia, where he specialized in emissions inventories and air quality prediction. As an activist, he co-founded the University of Iowa Energy Conservation Committee, which prompted the creation of the Office of Sustainability.
Vice Chair IPCC
Thelma Krug was elected Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2015 for the Sixth Assessment Cycle, after having been co-chair of the IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories from 2002 until 2015. She is a former researcher at the Earth Observation Coordination at the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil, under the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC). She holds a PhD on Spatial Statistics from the University of Sheffield, UK. She has been Deputy National Secretary at the Secretary on Policies and Programs of Science and Technology at MCTIC; National Secretary at the Secretary on Climate Change and Environmental Quality from the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) and Director of the Department on Policies to Combat Deforestation under the Secretary of Climate Change and Forests at MMA. For more than 15 years she represented Brazil in the negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with particular focus on issues related to land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); research and systematic observations; and reporting guidelines. Her main areas of interest are climate change and the role of deforestation, forest degradation and land-use change; REDD+; and national greenhouse gas inventories.
José Luis Samaniego
Director of the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements. Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean CEPAL, United Nations, since 2004
He is an economist from the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico (UNAM) and a Master’s in International Political Economy. Between 2002 and 2004 he was Director of the Center for Sustainable Transportation in Mexico City, a program established jointly by the World Resources Institute, the Federal District Secretary of the Environment and the Interdisciplinary Center for Biodiversity and Environment. He was Coordinator of International Affairs of the Secretariat of Environment, Natural Resources and Fisheries of Mexico from 1994 to 2000, where he participated in the negotiation of the Kyoto and Biosafety protocols.
Dr. Adelle Thomas
Director of the Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Centre at University of The Bahamas and Senior Research Associate with Climate Analytics.
As a human-environment geographer, her research has focused on adaptation, loss and damage and vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to climate change. Dr. Thomas has worked for over twelve years on intersections between climate change adaptation, disaster risk management and sustainable development. Her research has centered on the challenges and opportunities facing SIDS in adapting to climate change and in addressing loss and damage.
Dr. Ranses José Vázquez Montenegro
University of La Habana, Cuba
Degree in Physical Geography. Master in Geography, Environment and Territorial Planning. Mention in Hydroclimatology and Integral Management of Watersheds at the University of La Habana. Since 1984 he has worked at the Institute of Meteorology of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. He is a specialist in Agricultural Meteorology and Geographic Information Systems. Assistant professor as collaborator in the Faculty of Geography of the University of Havana.
Patricia Fernanda Pinho
Institute for Advanced Studies (IEA) - University of São Paulo
Brazilian scientist, with well-established experience in climate change governance, justice, ecosystem services, livelihoods, and sustainability, with special focusing on the Amazon. I’m passionate about the critical role of these unique Ecosystem (s) in delivering services for local livelihoods, regional economy, and climate resilience in Brazil, South America, and the world. On governance, I aim to the understanding what underpins people’s and policymakers’ decisions about ecosystem services, climate changes, and anticipated risks reduction on socio-ecological systems and human wellbeing. I’m trained in ecology, and cultural anthropology of the Indigenous People, the political economy, and climate change drivers that are resulting in loss of ecosystem services and resilience, and disproportionally affecting vulnerable and marginalized communities. I use the lens of the intersectionality of structural poverty and inequalities (economic, gender, ethnics) that marginalize people, hinder adaptation capacity, and increase systemic climate change risks.
Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Chile to the United Nations in New York.
Since 2018, he has been the lead coordinator of Chile in the climate negotiations, including for the Presidency of COP25. He is a member of the Adaptation Committee of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He worked at the Environment Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the Head of the Department of Climate Change and Sustainable Development.
Wilma Reyes Huenupe
Partner, Founder of the first indigenous association of San Antonio, CALAUCAN, Fifth Region, Chile. Member of Minga Indígena: Intercultural Health. She works as a consultant in the Intercultural Health program in the San Antonio commune. She has an International Diploma in Indigenous Rights from the Institute of Indigenous Studies of the Universidad De La Frontera. Diploma in Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship, Universidad Andrés Bello, Viña del Mar. Diploma «Health and Indigenous Peoples» University of Santiago. Currently he is studying the Diploma in indigenous leadership Pablo Taqui Rojas 2021.via online
Director at OCEAN SOULS
Climate Change and Environment Policy Officer, FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Master in Hydrology from the Delft University of Technology, Master in Biodiversity Conservation from the University of the West Indies of Trinidad and Tobago. Before joining the FAO Regional Office in Santiago, she worked at the Inter-American Development Bank in Guyana. She is currently working on the issue of climate change, providing support to LAC countries, such as the preparation and implementation of some GEF and GCF projects, and serves as the focal point of the NDC and NAMA Facility issues.
Director of environment at Rapa Nui City Hall
Fundador y consejero del Fondo para el Sistema Arrecifal Mesoamericano o MAR-Fund”
UNICEF LACRO - Climate Environment Energy and Disaster risk/ Resilience
He is the UNICEF Regional Climate, Environment and Disaster Risk Programming Advisor for Latin America and Caribbean and has been working for more than 20 years in child focused humanitarian and development contexts in Africa, Asia and currently in Latin America and the Caribbean region. Through his career, Mr. Barlevi had strongly advocated for, and supported the process of mainstreaming climate change, environment and disaster risk into actions including the participation of children and youth in climate action as drivers of change.
Assistant Director and Chief of Financial Policies Division in the Institute for Capacity Development at The International Monetary Fund.
He developed the internal training curriculum for IMF economists as well as revamped the external training curriculum of member countries. Between 2009 and 2014, he oversaw the Regional Studies Division covering 32 countries in the Middle East and Central Asia Department, and Mission and Division Chief for Fragile states such as Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, South Sudan, and Somalia. He is the recipient of the 2014 IMF Operational Excellence Award for his field work on fragile states. His book “Macroeconomic Policy in Fragile States,” co-edited with Raphael Espinoza and Peter Montiel, was published by Oxford University Press in March 2021.
PhD in Architecture, Design and Computation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Architect and Professor of architecture and design area, academic researcher at the Design Lab UAI. He works as a Researcher and Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Departments of Materials Science Engineering and in the Department of Architecture, conducting his research in architecture, digital manufacturing and advanced manufacturing together with the design and implementation of new materials, in the Architecture and Materials Center (CAM) of the Design Lab UAI.
Co-founder and president of the NGO CEUS Chile
Civil Hydraulic Engineer from the University of Chile. He chairs an organization that seeks to empower and build capacity in young people to influence issues related to the environment and the climate crisis. She currently works as Technical Advisor for the GIZ Global Carbon Market project. Isabella has been selected as Young Global Changers of Global Solutions Initiative (2020), EE 30 Under 30 of NAAEE (2020), One Young World delegate (2021) and Young Leaders of European Commission (2021).
IPCC Author, Special report on Climate Change y AR6 WGII
Section Head of Environmental Economics chez Centre Scientifique de Monaco
Expert in Macroeconomics and International Finance. In 2010, she joined the Centre Scientifique de Monaco as section head of environmental economics and collaborated with IAEA’s Environment Laboratories to initiate correlation studies between environmental sciences and economics to better evaluate the socioeconomic extent of impacts and costs of action versus inaction with regard to carbon emissions. She passed her post-doctoral degree (HDR) in 2011 about «a muldisciplinary approach of sustainable developme}nt».
Ana María Molina R
Executive Director at Fundación MERI
Biochemist, Master and Doctor in Engineering Sciences (PUC). More than 12 years of experience in managing scientific and academic teams, research and science education. She has developed research in the areas of environmental microbiology, food microbiology, bioprocesses and food quality, visiting researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute and at The Australian Wine Research Institute.
Rocio Sancha Madrigal
Executive Director at Tremendas Foundation
Sociologist (PUC) with studies in Data Mining and Master in Project Management from ODS (IDB) in progress.
With particular interest in childhood, gender issues, sustainability and social innovation.
Global Fellow at The Wilson Center
Maximiliano Bello is an international ocean policy expert who has worked in the environmental arena for over 2 decades to advance marine conservation priorities. He has worked for non-governmental organizations in Chile and the United States including The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oceana, World Wildlife Fund, Island Conservation and the Blue Whale Center, among others.
His work at Mission Blue is focused on securing and elevating global marine conservation targets, engaging local and national governments in protecting their own waters and advancing marine conservation priorities in various international multilateral fora.