List of Presenters
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 (www.limacomovamos.org) 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 (ocupatucalle.com) 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 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.
Selena Avendaño is the Supervisor for the Center for Community Initiatives (CCI) of the Monteverde Institute. Born and raised in Costa Rica she has been living in the Monteverde Cloud Forest community for the past twelve years. She has a passion for participatory communication for social change and believes true resilience comes from cultural shift and understanding. With this understanding the work of the CCI has a focus on supporting and empowering bottom up solutions. Some of the projects she has been collaborating with are: Sustainable Economics for the Monteverde Region, the Commission for Solid Waste Management of Monteverde, and the Bellbird Biological Corridor.
Brian Bauer applies his knowledge in sustainability, technology & policy into creating value by leveraging the circular economy movement into business model innovation. He connects a network of experts across industry, academia, finance & government who are keen to collaborate on innovative upstream waste management solutions. With Algramo, he focuses on connecting stakeholders to help catalyze reusable packaging systems on a globally significant scale. Brian and the team at Alramo are currently working with Unilever, Nestle and other brands, on game-changing packaging as a wallet technology that enables their reusable packaging to communicate with IoT connected vending machines. He is proud that his proposals have won Algramo: Top Idea in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s $1 Million Circular Design Challenge, MIT Solve Circular Economy Challenge, and the National Geographic’s Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge. He also teaches a graduate level Applied Circular Economy class at Harvard. He has been a speaker at: The European Union’s Our Ocean Conference in Malta; Volvo Ocean Summit in Cape Town; The United Nations System Staff College; The United Nations Science, Policy & Business Forum in Nairobi and Circularity 19.
Andres is a passionate and value driven social entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience in marketing and sales. He started his career in Toronto, Canada in experiential marketing and later transitioned into tech sales with Oracle and Salesforce. After returning to Peru in 2012 he started a small digital marketing firm and soon after co-founded EcoSwell. He leads the organization’s marketing strategy and digital systems, renewable energy projects and legal/administrative compliance. His natural ability to connect with people has also been instrumental in the organization’s strong community and corporate relations. Outside of work Andres enjoys surfing, traveling, hiking, reading and baking desserts. Andres holds a BComm in Marketing and International Business.
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.
2022 Conference Co-chair 2021 Logistics Lead
Mariana is a second-year MEM student at the Yale School of the Environment. Her area of focus is environmental economics and policy, with a focus in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Prior to coming to Yale, she worked as a consultant in the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in Bogota, Colombia. She holds a BSc in Environmental Engineering from Universidad de los Andes.
Principal Economist, Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Eduardo Cavallo is Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC and Adjunct Professor at The Johns Hopkins University - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Prior to joining the IDB, Eduardo was a Vice-President and Senior Latin American Economist for Goldman Sachs in New York. Eduardo had already worked at the IDB as a Research Economist between 2006 and 2010. Before that he served as a research fellow at the Center for International Development (CID), a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and a member of the faculty at the Kennedy School of Government’s Summer Program.
Eduardo’s research interests are in the fields of international finance and the economic impacts of natural disasters, with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. He has published in several academic journals, and is the co-editor of the books “Building Opportunities for Stronger and Sustainable Postpandemic Growth” (IDB, 2021) “From Structures to Services: the Path to Better Infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean” (IDB, 2020); “Building Opportunities for Growth in a Challenging World” (IDB, 2019); “A Mandate to Grow” (IDB, 2018); “Saving for Development: how Latin America and the Caribbean can save more and better” (Palgrave, 2016) and “Dealing with an International Credit Crunch: Policy Responses to Sudden Stops in Latin America” (IDB, 2009).
He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and an MPP from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Economics from Universidad de San Andres (UdeSA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Earthjustice and Inter-American Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)
Anna Cederstav is AIDA’s Deputy Executive Director and also Chief Financial Officer. Having worked for the organization since 1997, she was for many years AIDA’s Co-Director. Anna has significant expertise in the environmental impacts of mining and other extractive activities, as well as marine resource management. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. from Yale University. Anna is based in San Francisco, California, where she also manages the Latin America work of the Earthjustice International Program.
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.