I work with leaders in governments, business, media and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a zero-emission, resilient society.  I split the year between San Jose, Costa Rica, where I am from and Amsterdam, where I live.  

I am a columnist, podcast host and work as independent political strategist. I have a sharp interest  connecting people and clean technologies in particular zero emission, electric mobility.

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I speak to media about climate politics

I speak regularly with journalists from the Americas and Europe to discuss eMobility and climate action in Latin America.

  • I love podcasts. I have recorded episodes with The Economist podcast (Babbage) Foreign Policy, Fully charged including RAI TV (Italy), National Geographic (Mars series), CNN en Español, CNN Chile and written press. Visit the media section


I host events and roundtables

I have co-hosted and spoken at great events in several continents:

  • Nordic EV Summit - MovinOn by Michelin  - The Economist Sustainability Summit - rEVolution - Asia

  • n Development Bank -  Swedish Energy Agency- - IRENA - Smart City Congress - Smart Island Congress -  EV Roadmap - Sustainable Fashion Forum - Congreso Futuro  - Enel Focus On - InterAmerican Development Bank - TED - many more...

Our podcast gives a voice to pragmatic changemakers

In 2019 I host a podcast in Spanish

  •  In collaboration with Dvrgente: "Ponerse Las Pilas" (a colloquial expression that means "to charge up!") tells stories about the transition to zero carbon society with a focus on pragmatic pioneers, mostly from Latin America.   Subscribe in main platforms Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts!


I've convened various initiatives in Latin America



I have founded and co-founded several initiatives in Latin America.  For example co-founded Costa Rica Limpia and the Association of Electric Mobility in Costa Rica. I have helped design with other colleagues LEDS LAC and Nivela. Now we are partnering with Monteverde to launch a Ruta Electrica for eco-tourism in Costa Rica. With Dvrgente we launched a the first Spanish language podcast on decarbonization.


I work as adviser in Latin America and Europe

I am a free lance. I split my time between Costa Rica and Amsterdam working on a variety of projects.  I work with teams designing and executing innovative initiatives. I have been adviser to the National Decarbonization Plan 2050 in Costa Rica, IRENA, European Climate Foundation, UN Environment and several  e-mobility strategies.  For advisory services please contact monica@utgard-as.com