Head of the Sustainable Development and Resilience Cluster
She holds a Doctorate in Human and Economic Geography, a Masters in International Economics and Business Administration, and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. As part of her doctorate, she studied in the PhD Program of Sustainable Development at the Center for Higher Amazonian Studies, Universidade Federal do Pará, in Belém, Brazil.
She has more than 25 years of experience in Latin America and the Caribbean, having worked with the United Nations, regional development banks, bilateral development agencies and as an independent consultant. Between 2011 and 2014, she served as the Practice Manager of the Environment and Energy Group of the UNDP Bureau for Development Policy in New York, overseeing a global portfolio of environment, climate change and energy.
Her areas of expertise are sustainable development, local and rural development, climate change, natural resource management and environmental management. In her current position, she leads a regional team that provides technical assistance and policy advice in the areas of Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals, poverty reduction, environment and climate change, and disaster risk reduction.
She has combined development work with research and lecturing. She was a teacher and researcher at the University of Gothenburg and has collaborated with research centers and universities in Central America. She has participated in the elaboration of several of UNDP´s National and Regional Human Development Reports.