List of Presenters

Listing 15 Contributors in this category. Click on any listing to show sessions and more information. Use the links at the bottom of the page to navigate the list.

Mariana Alegre

Executive Director, Lima Como Vamos

Mariana Alegre was born in Lima, Peru. She studied Law at PUCP and is MSc in City Design and Social Science (London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE). When studying her first Master in Human Rights, she decided to promote Urban Rights. She has been involved in several research projects and academic work, in particular about sustainable urban mobility, public spaces and urban renewal with social inclusion processes. Since 2010, Mariana is the Executive Director of Lima Cómo Vamos, a citizen observatory ( whose mission is to evaluate quality of life of the “limeños” and”chalacos” (Lima`s and Callao’s neighbors). On December 2014 and with the support of AVINA Foundation, she founded Occupy your Street ( a strategy that seeks to develop more and better public spaces through participatory processes and promoting Citizens Urbanism. She is also a professor in the PUCP School of Management. Mariana’s research focuses on different urban phenomena, in particular, about sustainable urban mobility, public spaces and urban effervescence of citizen movements and urban disobedience. In addition, she leads Nodal: Urban Nodes of Latin America, from where Mariana seeks to contribute to training and empowering the new urban generation of Peru and the region to transform us into a system of sustainable cities. In her free time, Mariana writes opinion columns for Perú 21, she rides her bike and walks around her city.

Diego Angel


Diego is a second-year master student at the Yale School of the Environment specializing in Energy and Industrial Ecology. His interests lie in scaling up environmental technologies for the decarbonization of the economy and solution of the environment-development conflict. For this, Diego seeks to combine his engineering background with studies and research in energy sustainability, innovation and finance. Before attending Yale, Diego worked for 3.5+ years on financial and advisory services for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Mexico.

Carolina Butrich

Project coordinator of Conservamos por Naturaleza

Environmental engineer, traveler and ocean lover. Project coordinator of Conservamos por Naturaleza, an initiative of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA) that seeks to involve more people in nature conservation. Environmental engineer from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, specialized in tourism having attended the mobile seminar on tourism planning and management in Protected Areas at the University of Colorado. After representing Peru in windsurfing at an international level, is coordinator of Hazla por tu Ola, a citizen-led campaign that has allowed the legal protection of 33 surf breaks in Peru. She has received the Carlos Ponce del Prado Award for Conservation in the Young Professional category in 2019.

Gian Carlo Delgado

Research Professor at the Ciudad, Gestión, Territorio y Ambiente (City, Management, Land and Environment) research program at the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Sciences and Humanities at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Dr. Delgado Ramos is a full-time researcher at UNAM’s Interdisciplinary Research Center on Sciences and Humanities. Member of the National System of Researchers, of the National Council on Science and Technology of Mexico. In 2011 he received UNAM’s prize for young academics for his work on social sciences. In 2014 he also received from the National Academy of Sciences (Mexico) the prize on social science research. Since 2017 he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was a lead-author of Chapter 12, WG3, of the IPCC-5th Assessment Report and currently a reviewer of Chapter 8, WG2, of the IPCC-6th Assessment Report. He is also a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of IPCC Cities and co-author of the “Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science”. He has published 3 dozen of authored, coauthored and coordinated books and about 150 scientific and non-scientific papers and dissemination articles. Dr. Delgado Ramos holds a B.S. in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a master’s degree on “Ecological Economics and Environmental Management” and a PhD on “Environmental Sciences”, both form the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Manuel Estrada

REDD+ and AFOLU Director, Verra 

Manuel is Verra’s REDD+ and AFOLU Director, responsible for the day-to-day management and evolution of Verra’s work in this space. Manuel is also responsible for resolving critical issues related to AFOLU, including collaborating with relevant Program Team staff to respond to stakeholder inquiries and concerns, and supporting nesting of REDD+ projects. Manuel provides relevant policy and technical input to the Innovation Team to ensure new REDD+ and AFOLU related standards, methodologies and program innovations are technically sound and support and align with relevant international and domestic policy frameworks. Manuel also works with Verra’s Market Development team to support uptake and impact of Verra’s nature-based solutions and gather feedback from stakeholders to inform changes and improvements to relevant Verra standards.
Before joining Verra, Manuel worked on climate change issues for more than 20 years. He worked for the Ministry of Environment of Mexico for a decade where, as Director on Climate Change at the International Affairs Unit, he participated in UNFCCC negotiations. He subsequently became an independent consultant, carrying out more than 50 projects in almost 15 years for governments, international organizations and the private sector on the policy, financial, methodological and carbon accounting aspects of REDD+ and AFOLU. He helped develop the VCS AFOLU Requirements as part of the VCS ARR Expert Group, the VCS REDD Expert Group and the VCS WRC Expert Group and was a Lead Technical Expert for the VCS JNR. Manuel has also contributed to the development and validation of VCS AFOLU project methodologies and tools. Manuel has been a member of the UNFCCC Roster of Experts for years.

Silvia Llamas

Coordinator of Operations in Pronatura Sur A.C

Coordinator of Operations in Pronatura Sur A.C., organization that serves as the GCF Task Force Country Coordinator in Mexico. Mexican with a degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in environmental studies and social development. More than 15 years of experience in institutional strengthening, planning, implementation, supervision and coordination of projects, programs and strategies on conservation and environmental issues. During her professional career, has collaborated in initiatives focused on environmental conservation, natural resource management and rural development. In the last 5 years, she has had the opportunity to support and participate in regional and international alliances and strategies linked to the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD +), through low emission rural development and restoration projects. What Silvia enjoys most of her work are the constant challenges that the interaction between environment and social development generate, which encourage her to be in constant search to strengthen her own abilities, and thus her work can have better impacts not only in her professional life but also in her personal life.

Jose Lobo

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

José Lobo is Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University.  Dr. Lobo was trained in physics, applied mathematics, and urban economics. His research interests include urbanization across time and geographies, the role of settlements and cities in socioeconomic development, and the role of informal settlements in urbanization.

Virginia Marriezcurrena

Programme Manager, Water and Sanitation at Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

Virginia is coordinating SIWI´s partnership with UNICEF Latin American and Caribbean Regional Office for the Accountability for Sustainability Program. The program provides technical assistance around the enabling environment for attaining SDG 6 in 19 countries in the region. Her areas of expertise are Water Governance, Multi stakeholder processes and platforms, participatory diagnostic methodologies (such as WASHBAT), sectoral capacity building needs assessments and processes, etc.

Virginia has more than 25 years of fieldwork experience in Africa and in Latin America. She performed a broad variety of positions from engaging in environmental grass-root activism and policy influencing, to managing large-scale WASH Governance programs implemented in complex and conflict-prone areas of rural Mozambique. She coordinated cross cultural, international and interdisciplinary teams for decades. She holds an interest in innovation and change management.    

She holds a Master in Laws (LL.M.) from Rosario University (Argentina), and a M.Sc. in Environmental Management and Policy from the IIIEE at Lund University (Sweden). Virginia is an Argentinean national and speaks English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

She has co-authored publications on accountability for fragile states, COVID-19 response in WASH, and sustainability standards.

Deissy Martínez Baron

Regional Program Leader for Latin America in the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Deissy is a social science researcher and brings over eight years of experience in disseminating science to support decision-making processes at all scales. Her work has focused on public policy processes, climate-smart agriculture, sustainable finance, social capital, enabling frameworks and mechanisms for scaling up. She is also the Regional Program Leader for Latin America in the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Deissy is an economist and international relations professional with a master’s degree in rural development. She is also pursuing a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Copenhagen.


Ana Gabriela Morales

Manager of Water Management and Urban Resilience for WRI Mexico Cities' program

Gabriela Morales is Manager of Water Management and Urban Resilience for WRI Mexico Cities’ program. She coordinates the local economic development and natural resource management agendas in Mexican cities. Her work focuses on the coordination and development of projects associated to water management, financial mechanisms for nature-based solutions and green infrastructure in cities, and local economic development planning. She coordinates the agendas of local economic development and natural resource management in cities. Her work focuses on the development and supervision of urban water management projects, financial mechanisms for natural infrastructure and green infrastructure in cities, and planning of local economic development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business.