I am the Founder and Director
Nivela, a think tank focused on sustainability with a focus on politics and policies
dealing with development and climate change.
My experience on development and sustainability spans
over 20 years of work in government, intergovernmental organizations,
academia, business and advocacy in several countries.
I have authored over 50 publications and writes frequently in the press and social media. I have also advised leaders in government, civil society, and business with a focus on clean development in middle-income
for the Ministry of Foreign Trade in Costa Rica, the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, the OECD, Climate Change
Capital and at E3G. I was a lead negotiator for Costa Rica in the climate negotiations between 2010 and 2013 as an external
I co-run a citizen platform, Costa Rica Limpia, to encourage citizens to track electoral promises on clean urban development.
I am the Co-Chair of the Platform for Low
Emissions Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean (LEDS LAC) and a member of Steering Committee of the UNEP
Emissions Gap Report since 2012.
I was trained in economics and development at Costa Rica’s National University and at Yale University where I
got my PhD.