About me

Monica works toward a world without pipes.


Monica joined the Climate Champions team to lead the transport campaigns seeking to accelerate the uptake of zero-emissions mobility--working alongside the High-Level Climate Action Champion for COP26. She has lived and worked in Latin America, Europe and the US, engaging leaders in government, business, philanthropies to advocate and guide decarbonization strategies. This means creating and supporting coalitions of diverse stakeholders guided by a shared vision.


Her experience includes working with early adopters of electric mobility as well as climate activists, utilities, car dealers, automakers, charging infrastructure providers, and lawmakers. She is a member of several steering committees, including the 2050 Pathways Platform. In 2019, she was named ‘Crusader of the Year’ for her role advancing electric mobility in Costa Rica. BMW and TED appointed her as mentor to “Next Visionaries,” an initiative exploring the future of mobility. She frequently gives talks on decarbonization leadership, such as her global TED talk which has over 1.3 million views. Monica holds a Master's degree in Economics from Costa Rica’s National University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Management from Yale University.


She was selected to the first all-female expedition to Antarctica, where she reaffirmed her commitment to advance climate solutions.  She currently lives in Amsterdam. 

Mónica aboga por un mundo sin tubos de escape.


Se unió al equipo de “Climate Champions” para liderar las campañas de transporte que buscan acelerar la adopción de la movilidad libre de emisiones, trabajando junto con el Campeón de Acción Climática de Alto Nivel para la COP26. Ha vivido y trabajado en América Latina, Europa y los EE. UU., involucrando a líderes gubernamentales, empresariales y filantrópicos para orientar las estrategias de descarbonización. Esto significa crear y apoyar coaliciones de diversas partes interesadas guiadas por una visión compartida.

Su experiencia incluye trabajar con los pioneros de la movilidad eléctrica, así como con activistas climáticos, representantes gubernamentales, concesionarios de automóviles, fabricantes de automóviles, proveedores de infraestructura de recarga y legisladores. Es miembro de varios comités directivos, incluida la 2050 Pathways Pathways. En 2019, fue nombrada "Crusader of the Year" por su papel en el avance de la movilidad eléctrica en Costa Rica. BMW y TED la nombraron mentora de "Next Visionaries", una iniciativa que exploró el futuro de la movilidad. Con frecuencia da charlas sobre liderazgo en descarbonización, como su charla TED global, que tiene más de 1.3 millones de vistas. Monica tiene una Maestría en Economía de la Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica y un Ph.D. en Gestión Ambiental de la Universidad de Yale.


Fue seleccionada para la primera expedición exclusivamente femenina a la Antártida, donde reafirmó su compromiso de promover soluciones climáticas. Actualmente vive en Amsterdam.


I speak regularly with journalists from the Americas and Europe to discuss eMobility and climate action. I have recorded podcasts for  The Economist Foreign Policy, Fully charged, Inspirados por la Naturaleza, Cable a Tierra, Revolucion Circular. I have recorded TV programs including RAI TV (Italy), National Geographic (Mars series), CNN en Español, CNN Chile and written press. Visit the media section



I have co-hosted and spoken at great events in several continents: TED - Nordic EV Summit - MovinOn by Michelin  - The Economist Sustainability Summit - rEVolution - Asian Development Bank -  Swedish Energy Agency- - IRENA - Smart City Congress - Smart Island Congress -  EV Roadmap - Sustainable Fashion Forum - Congreso Futuro Chile  - Enel Focus On - InterAmerican Development Bank - One Planet summit - many more.  


I co-created a podcast focused on positive engagement In collaboration with Dvrgente: "Ponerse Las Pilas" (a colloquial expression that means "to charge up!") shares insights about the transition to zero carbon society with Marcelo Mena, a former Chilean minister and Marga Gual, a Spanish scientist Subscribe in main platforms Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts!



Having lived in Latin America, the US and Europe has allowed me to created alliances and co-create strategic initiatives in Latin America. I co-founded Costa Rica Limpia and the Association of Electric Mobility in Costa Rica. I have helped design Nivela in the road to the Paris Agreement. We helped incubate Monteverde's Electric Route for eco-tourism in Costa Rica and a decade ago the platform for best-practices in Low Emissions Development in Latin America, LEDS LAC, which keeps growing each year.


I have worked as an independent strategist since 2011 building relationships with various organizations in several countries. I have been adviser to the National Decarbonization Plan 2050 in Costa Rica, IRENA, the European Climate Foundation, UN Environment and several e-mobility strategies. I am in several advisory boards in Europe and Latin America, most recently joined Chile Climate Research and Resilience Center's International Advisory Board.