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Monica´s LinkedIn Profile is here.



Member of Steering Committees & Advisory Boards

Drive Electric Campaign -  Steering Committee (Climate Works Foundation)

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities's International Advisory Board (World Resources Institute)

Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)'s Supervisory Board 


  • Meliore Foundation - Governing Board's Chair 

  • Advisory Board on Electric Mobility - Government of Chile

  • ZEV Declaration - Steering Committee (with ICCT, UK gov, Climate Champions)

  • 2050 Pathways Platform  (European Climate Foundation)

  • Global Future Council on Urban Mobility Transitions  (WEF)

  • Global Partnership for Informal Transportation (New Cities)

  • Government of Chile -  International Advisory Group for COP25

  • Government of Costa Rica -  Decarbonisation Plan to 2050 

  • Steering Committee - UNEP Emissions Gap Report

  • Association for Electric Mobility in Costa Rica  (Vice President of the Governing Board, Co-founder)​


Adaptation, Resilience, Development & Nature

  • Center on Climate & Resilience Research (Universidad de Chile)

  • Long-Term Development Strategies Initiative - hosted by WRI & UNDP

  • Advisory Expert Group - Climate Vulnerability Forum

  • Steering Committee co-chair - Low-Emissions Development Strategies for Latin Am & the Caribbean 


  • 15 Electric Women of 2022 (TUMI, German government)

  •  BBC 100 Women (Dec 2021)

  • “Influential Women in Mobility 2021” (Vulog) 

  • “Crusader of the Year 2019” (CRUSA Foundation)

  • "Big Thinker" (National Geographic interviewed her for the series "Mars", 2018)

  • "Guest Editor on Women's Day 2018" (La República)

  • "Inaugural Lecturer 2017" (School of Economics, Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica)

  •  Mentor at “Next Visionaries 2017”  (TED & BMW initiative)

  • "Mujeres Desafiantes 2017" (Estrategia & Negocios magazine) 

  • “Personality of the Future” (2014) (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


Monica was the first Latin American to join the all-female expedition to Antarctica,

organised by Homeward Bound, a global leadership initiative for women.


  • Monica has incubated and/or co-created several climate & mobility initiatives

    • Nivela - Global south thought-leadership initiative in the run up to COP21

    • Costa Rica Limpia -  Citizen group to advocate for a National Decarbonization Plan

    • Electric Mobility Association of  Costa Rica 

    • RouteZero - Platform hosted by the Climate Group & Climate Champions

    • LEDS-LAC - a regional collaborative platform for Latin America & the Caribbean

  • ​Monica has also created the podcast in Spanish "Ponerse Las Pilas" to share stories in Spanish about the transition to a climate and sustainable economy - including stories about mobility, consumer habits, arts, science. It is co-hosted with Dr. Marga Gual and Dr. Marcelo Mena

Public speaking

  • She has published numerous articles and book chapters in global and local newspapers

  • She is an experienced keynote speaker

    • Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, US Green Buildings Council, WEF, and The Climate Group, WRI, Nordic EV Summit, Zero Conference (Norway), TED.  

  • Her interviews have been featured in podcasts and online magazines.

    • See the Interviews section.

    • Podcasts: The Economist, Foreign Policy, TED en Español, Schneider's innovation podcast, Fully-Charged, rEVolution podcast, Monocle, and many others in Spanish.

    • Interviews: Project Syndicate, National Geographic, Yale Environment 360, El Pais, Al-Jazeera, BBC Radio, CNN en Español, and others.


Monica has shared her ideas in three TED Talks

that have over 5 million views.  

Academic degrees

  • National University of Costa Rica - Economic policy

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics -School of Economics

    • Master's Degree in Economic Policy (M.Sc.) - Center for International Economic Policy (ecosystem services)

  • Yale University - Environmental management & policy

    • Master’s Degree (M.E.M.), Yale Environment School

    • Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.), Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Monica's Ph.D dissertation (2006) focused on corporate environmental disclosure


  • Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy 

  • Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

  • E3G 

  • Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD)

  • World Resources Institute (WRI),

  • United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

  • International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

  • C40 

  • International Investment Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)


  • Monica trained with Al Gore in Sevilla, Spain in 2008.

  • From 2012 onwards she has taken courses in creative writing including The Guardian & University of East Anglia Program, Oxford University's Summer School, and Amsterdam Writing Workshops. 

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