Monica Araya

Monica Araya

Nivela and Costa Rica Limpia
Founder and Director


Monica Araya, who has worked on sustainability issues in Latin America for over 20 years, is the Founder and Director of Nivela, a thought-leadership group and of Costa Rica Limpia, a citizen-strategy group devoted to renewables and electric mobility. She is also a Senior Policy Adviser at E3G in London and Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She was a negotiator for Costa Rica in the international climate negotiations. She has been an independent consultant to many organizations, including OECD, WRI, ODI, NREL, ECF, Climate Works, CDKN, INCAE-Business School, Estado de la Nación-Costa Rica and the United Nations. Environmental Law & Policy. She worked at the Ministry of Foreign Trade in Costa Rica and Climate Change Capital in London. She studied in economic at the National University and environmental management (Masters and Doctorate Degree) at Yale University. She is a Steering Committee member of UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2012-2017 and she co-chaired the Platform for Low-Emissions Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean. She was a WEF Global Agenda Council member in 2015-2016. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs named her “Personality of the Future” in 2014.






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