Erica Rabelo is an environmental engineer and a passionate advocate for climate change. She has worked for over five years for multinational companies, providing sustainability consultancy and advice across a range of sectors. In parallel, she has actively participated in climate leadership groups in both regional and UN contexts. In 2021, she was a representative at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, igniting an interest in carbon markets. As a result, she decided to pursue a master’s degree on this topic at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) with an exchange program at the University of Melbourne (Australia).
Moses Angeny is the Team lead and senior lecturer at the Renewable Energy Training Centre (RETC)- Uganda Technical College Lira (UTC-Lira) a Technical vocational Training institute that provides appropriate skills for development. He has worked as a Renewable Energy Engineer and Business Advisor for over seven (7) years in business incubation. He was also the National Technical Expert consulting for GIZ-Uganda under the Skills development component. He is a member of the National and African Regional Climate Launchpad competition Jury. He is also a Co-founder of the Reversible Technologies business (which provides efficient and sustainable Renewable Energy solutions).
Pamela is a dynamic leader with a background in environmental engineering and global experience. As the New Ventures Leader at Caju Benefícios, she rapidly scaled a new business unit to become the second-largest revenue source, acquiring 15k clients in six months. Pamela’s strategic impact working in more than six industries at McKinsey & Company included driving efficiencies worth USD 80M and co-founding PRISM, McKinsey Latin America’s first social mobility inclusion group.
In public service, Pamela coordinated national-level policies at the Brazilian Ministry of Education, leading to increased high school enrollment and innovative research programs. With a solid educational foundation from UNESP in Brazil and an exchange year at EIGSI in France, she blends technical expertise with business acumen. She is a global citizen and is also passionate about climbing, trekking, and exploring over 23 countries. Pamela’s commitment to social causes is evident through volunteer work, including teaching geography to underprivileged students. She is not just a professional powerhouse but a well-rounded personality dedicated to making a positive impact on the world.
Feliciano dos Santos is a highly qualified professional with a Master’s degree in Management and School Administration, also having degrees and expertise in History Teaching and Social Sciences. With over twenty years of experience, he has dedicated his career to projects related to water and sanitation, environment, advocacy, natural resources, and health. Feliciano has expertise in managing projects related to drinking water supply, sanitation systems, environmental preservation, and climate change. His expertise extends to natural resource management, community governance, and health, emphasizing environmental sustainability and community well-being. Recognized nationally and internationally, he has received accolades such as the Goldman Environmental Prize 2008, National Geographic Emergency Explorer 2010, Grassroot Champion of Sanitation AMCOW AfricaSan Awards 2010, and Best Environmental Educator 2013 MICOA. Committed to sustainable development, he continues to make a difference in communities through his efficient team and resource management skills.
Paula Pariz is a professional with extensive experience in sustainability, currently holding the position of Program Coordinator at the Fundación Avina. Graduated in Economic Sciences, she complemented her training with specialization in Project Management and ESG, and Corporate Sustainability. She stood out in her long-term position at ABIPLAST, coordinating significant projects such as the Network for the Circularity of Plastic, uniting more than 60 companies in favor of the circular economy, and playing a crucial role in the campaign for the approval of the brazilian PL 6545/2019. As an Avina’s delegate for the Global Plastic Pollution Treaty, Paula actively represents the vision of the organization, evidencing her commitment to global solutions to environmental challenges. Her practical and direct action highlights the crucial role in promoting sustainability, emphasizing the triple impact of inclusive recycling in the economic, social and environmental spheres.
Maria Fernanda Pineda has 12 years of experience managing projects on environmental awareness and climate action in Latin America.
She studied Business Engineering; Climate Change, Design Thinking; and Brand Management and Development. She co-directed Acción Sostenible NGO focused on environmental education for children and youth, as well as on the development of CSR programs. For 7 years, she worked as Project Coordinator of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Regional Energy Security and Climate Change Program, highlighting the promotion of projects in sustainable municipalities and circular economy. She is currently part of Fundación Avina, supporting projects in public spaces, sustainable management of plastics and circular economy.
Carla is currently the Operation and Program Director in the Pawanka Fund, an Indigenous-Led striving to support and empower Indigenous peoples in different countries. She has a PhD in History with mention in Regional and Local Transdisciplinary Studies from the UNAN Managua. With a career spanning decades, she dedicated to implementing social development programs in multicultural territories, benefitting vulnerable communities in Puerto Cabezas and Nicaragua’s mining triangle, also working ith Africa and Nicaragua’s Pacific region, focusing on poverty reduction and knowledge formation for marginalized populations. She was also an advisor of KEPA Finland on Central American integration, emphasizing Civil Society participation in crafting a comprehensive regional plan and contributed to climate change processes, economic policy planning for Nicaraguan Civil Society, and strategic initiatives for tourism promotion in Nicaragua and Central America.
From the Amazon rainforest, with nine years of legal career and five years with the public sector, now working as an admissions manager at LALA and pursuing a Master’s degree in Political Studies at Högskolan Väst, Sweden. She is co-founder and director of partnerships at Actum, working to combat regional inequalities in the Amazon region. Jéssica works on the themes of innovation, social and economic development, intersectional equity and social mobility. She is an activist and young leader for Women Deliver, in girls’ and women’s rights. Mentor of the Inspire for Greatness program and part of the Vetor Brasil, Gerar Falcões and Young Leaders networks.
Owen Machuku is an alumni of the United Nations University/ Impulsouth Lab Solution first cohort 2022. He holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences and Resource Management from the University of Bonn in Germany and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Mulungushi University in Zambia. He is an enthusiasts of climate action and actively participates in initiatives aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change through effective science-based research strategies while working closely with marginalized communities. Mr. Machuku has more than 14 years’ experience in agricultural research working under the Ministry of Agriculture, based at Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) in Zambia.