LAES Participants Spring 2015
Since I was 19 year, I dedicated my life to develop my country. Since before I finished my career, I had traveled to different places of the country meeting the different realities of the people. Further, I always worried to study more about international cooperation, development projects, international relations and the climate change from different civil society groups and universities. Through the develop of different Projects dedicated to ensure the conditions of the environment and a better use of that, I learned we live inside of a delicate balance with the nature. Last, for many years I have been participating in different organitzations whose their goals are to expuse the alternatives and ways to fight the climate change nationally and internationally. (Generación +1, where the organization expused their advances in the COP21 -Paris and the JCI whose goal is to ensure the SDG).
Master in Marketing and International Business from the Private University of North; Degree in Business Administration of the Economics Faculty of the Private University Antenor Orrego, graduated with honors. Social entrepreneur, environmental activist, defender and promoter of activities for youth. President of Rotaract Club Trujillo Norte sponsored by Rotary International which is a group of young volunteers who develop social leaders through service, I'm part of the Regional Youth Council of La Libertad ( COREJU ) and volunteer of United Nations Program in La Libertad region . I Work in the Administration and Marketing area of OzonoTV, responsible for developing environmental projects and green marketing campaigns in Trujillo.
My name is Fiorella Trujillo Cananillas, I studied economics at the National University of Trujillo and worked for a congressional office. I served as parliamentary technical, and as part of the functions to be performed at work, was to oversee agribusinesses whose activity provokes damage to the environment of rural communities in the area. The office's job was to report to the apropriate authorities if there was any crimen in those areas. I also worked for the National Survey Project "Hogares" for INEI and for the Reserve Bank as a practitioner.
Luis Gastón Martínez Alfaro
I am an agricultural engineering from Pando, Uruguay. Nowadays, I have been attending Sciences University to achieve a master degree in environmental sciences. I work for the Criminal Adolescent Responsibility System in the Institute of Child and Adolescent of Uruguay (SIRPA-INAU) also at the Work University of Uruguay (UTU). At both of them there are special programs in agricultural activities for teenagers who are broken de law. My relatives are 5 brothers, 2 sisters and 12 nephews. I have being married whit Wendy since 2011; however, we have been together for almost 21 years. Additionally, I have a lot of childhood friends because I still leave at my hometown. My hobbies are travel and outdoor activities (run, hiking, swim and bicycle). My program expectation is focused on learning about all aspects of environmental sustainability and how environmental problems are handed in development countries.
I am 27. I am from Uruguay and I am currently working at Intendencia de Montevideo (IM) in the Food Regulation Service, in Bromatology Laboratory, specifically. I am currently making an administrative procedure to be transferred to the technical team of environmental education in IM. I have already started my PhD in Biotechnology in Microbial Ecology Area at Instituto Clemente Estable. My aim is the study of hydrogen production by dark fermentation. I have a big and nice family and in my free time I like writing, walking with my dog, meeting with my friends and doing aerial acrobatics. My expectations for the course is to broaden my professional knowledge and skills and it would also contribute to my personal realization and development. I believe that this course will be very useful given my profile and my interest in environmental control area.
I am biologist and I am doing a master degree in Biotechnology since 2014, my investigation is about the study of the microbial communities that contributes with the soil health. At the same time, I work in the Dirección de Protección de Medio Ambiente de la Prefectura Nacional Naval (National Coast Guard) as an environmental professional. The main activities are to prevent and solve environmental problems such as maritime pollution. this exchange program would be a challenge opportunity for me because it is my first time that I would participate in this kind of project where I can put in practice my knowledge and acquire the ability to make better action plans. I live with my parents and my two cats in Montevideo. In my free times, I like going to the gym and do spinning or running. I have a boyfriend who works in the farm and loves animals and nature like me.
I'm a biologist from Chiapas, Mexico. I'm working at the National Commission for Protected Areas, participating with environmental impact assessments for construction of forest management. I have had the opportunity to work in Palenque National Park, Naha, and Metzabok Protected Areas in the Lacandona Rainforest with environmental education and monitoring birds' population. In my family were three children. I'm the last one. My parents had chicken store. My sister is a teacher and my brother was business administrator. I love to read books. I like going to the cinema. I hope to learn skills for being a leader, so I can conserve better natural resources in my country and Chiapas State.
Hi! My name is Andrés. I'm 27 years old, trained as a biologist and work as a Professional in Biodiversity Conservation at the Dirección Nacional de Medio Ambiente (DINAMA) in Montevideo, Uruguay. Since 2011, I've also worked at Universidad de la República, in its Faculty of Science, as a teaching assistant in a department that focuses on links between science, technology, development and, also, environment. Both in my work as well as in my studies (I'm currently working on my M.Sc. Thesis in Integrated Coastal Managment) I'm struggling to understand the role of information and collaborative learning processes in environmental management. I live in Malvín, a beautiful neighborhood of Montevideo close to the Faculty, with my girlfriend Martina and my dog Orion. We love trying food and craft beers and are martial arts enthusiasts (we practice Aikido). I ride Hypatia, my bike, everywhere and like to think that even in that small sort of a thing I'm contributing a little to our city's sustainability.
I have been working in the environmental area during the last 15 years. I am Civil Engineer and now a day I am doing my master degree. I have being working in UTE (National enterprise energy supply) in the Environmental Department for 7 years; my principal responsibilities are environmental assessment, air dispersion modeling and design environmental management plans. I live in Montevideo with my family, my husband and two kids. When I am not working I like to play tennis and running. My principal expectation is to met other people worried about sustainability to share our points of view and experiences, and learn how the thing are done referring to management sustainability issues in the USA.
My name is Sofía, I come from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas México. I´m a public servant and I work for my local government as a Director of an institution called Instituto Ciudadano de Planeación Municipal (ICIPLAM). Basically what we do there is focusing on urban planning with a long term vision and projects related to other subjects such as urban mobility, environmental sustainability, social economy, and solid waste management among others. Also we try to make sure that the most important plans and programs for the city, will continue throughout the different administrations. I consider myself a self-directed person, someone able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting, I believe I have leadership abilities and also, I´m good at working on teams. What I enjoy the must is having fun with my friends and family, going to the movies, getting to know people, and of course, I quite enjoy my job and the opportunity that offers me to reach social prosperity and common wellbeing for my community.
José Félix Ayala
I'm a biologist and I studied a master's degree in ecological restoration. Since 2010 I have been working in the Ministry of Environment of Chiapas, mainly in Ecological Land-use Planning. Before, I worked on various projects of integrated waste management. I am “compost evangelist” . I think everyone should make compost at home. I enjoy gardening, I have taken courses in permaculture and agroecology. Although I have limited space to cultivate in downtown, I grow some vegetables on roofgarden. I have taught a couple of courses of urban farming. I enjoy to travel and take aerial photographs and videos with my drone. I am very excited about this program, I hope learn new strategies to address the complex environmental problems of Chiapas and Mexico.
Industrial and Systems Engineer graduated from University of Piura, focused on project management Certified Associate in Project Management by the Project Management Institute. Trained in Climate Change by The Climate Reality Project, organization led by Al Gore, being part of its Leadership Program and selected as mentor for the 2014 training in Rio de Janeiro, giving talks around the country delivering the climate message to more than 10 000 people; work awarded by the Environmental Citizenship National Award. Specialized in solid waste management, promoter of a public investment project for the rural Municipality of San Miguel de El Faique, published at III Environmental Researchers Meeting and awarded with the 2013 Business Ecoefficiency Award. Environmental specialist at AIDER NGO, specialized in sustainable forest management, leading REDD+ projects for dry forest ecosystems.
I'm an energy engineer from Chiapas, Mexico. I work at Cecropia Local solutions to global challenges, a NGO focused in sustainable development and climate change. My job consist in delegating responsibilities according to the capacities of each individual and connect the dots to reach the goals in time and form. My experience as a sustainability leader in recent years has been to coordinate working groups to strengthen the rural and urban governance process, translating the technician language to graphic language through infographics, brochures, animations and videos. I also work in the creation of Business As Usual and Mitigation scenarios and GHG inventories for the energy and forestry sector, the diffusion and agreements of the REDD+ National Strategy. On this years, my work with the rural sector opened my eyes to look forward and I believe that the real sustainable development it's possible through the governance processes reinforcement.
Ana Inés Aguerre Cazes
Tengo 29 años de edad. Nací en Montevideo (capital de país) pero viví hasta los 20 años en el interior, precisamente en los departamentos de Salto y Artigas (al norte del país). Hoy en día vivo en Montevideo, con mis padres y dos de mis tres hermanos. Soy Ingeniera agrónoma, orientación forestal, graduada en el año 2012 en Facultad de Agronomía (UdelaR). Desde niña tuve especial interés en los temas relacionados al medioambiente, y he ido tratando de moldear mi formación y mi desempeño como profesional hacia estos temas; razón por la cual me postulé a este programa de intercambio. Actualmente me desempeño en el ámbito público, como en el ejercicio libre de la profesión. Mi tarea en el ámbito público está avocada a un proyecto de generación de un estándar de gestión forestal sostenible nacional en el marco de la certificación FSC para Uruguay. A su vez, estoy cursando una maestría sobre manejo y gestión de cuencas hidrográficas de modalidad online, dictada por el CATIE (Centro Agronómico de Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza).
Alma Liz Vargas de la Mora
I'm 34 years old. I live with my husband and two sosn in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. I have a master's degree in Agroforestry Tropical with Especiality in Development Practice at Tropical Agricultural Research Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica. I'm a member of the graduate association CATIE (AGCATIE) and I am the founder to "Tradition Chiapas" social entrepreneurship (We sell products made by women and community groups in Chiapas). I work in strategic planning, participatory land management, climate change, restoration-recovery of agricultural land, and carbon sequestration. I'm excited with the opportunity to be part of the ITD program because I will meet new people, new experiences, and I can help in national and international proyects; also form institutional alliances. In my free time I like to take trips with my family, watch movies, walk in free place, meeting with my friends and learn new things.
I am 39. I have two kids, a girl and a boy (Emilia and Manuel) which have 7 and 3 years old, respectively. They are my motivation, my meaning, my everything. I wish that I can contribute in a little something to let them a better place to live. I studied Business and Administration and I mastered in Environmental Management. I worked for 14 years as an environmental consultant. Today I work as Director in two NGOs and I have my own HSE consultant firm with an associate. I expect to find in this fellowship program, ways, answers, questions, people involved, pushing and trying hard to make of this a better place to live in.
Fernando Brito de la Fuente
Lawyer, Bachelor of Law and Political Sciences, Environmental Management Specialist, Experience in negotiation, project management and institutional relations. Married, I have a 4 year old girl, currently settled in the central jungle of Peru. I am a professional with experience in the field of environmental management and environmental national legislation, in the development and implementation of projects, inter-institutional relations, consultation, negotiation and public participation in environmental conflict management and public and private environmental management; and decentralization to regional and local levels. I've been a fellow by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, at the International Forum for Young Leaders in Latin America, the Caribbean and East Asia. I have participated in international conventions in China for the Fourth World Urban Forum, invited by UNEP to Cuba for evaluation and institutionalization of Local Environmental Management programs in the framework of Agenda 21 in the province of Bayamo. I have a Diploma in International Management prior consultation and currently studying a Masters in Environmental Management and Audit. I have worked as a specialist in decentralized environmental management in the general management team of Policies, Standards and Instruments of Environmental Management Deputy Minister of Environmental Management of the Ministry of Environment of Peru for 7 years.
Elias de la Cruz Briceño
My name is Elias De La Cruz Briceño, I am 26 years old. I am from Peru.I am a graduate of Institute Peruvian American "El Cultural" Specializing in English Language; Likewise, I made courses on “International Business” from Institute International School of Management “EIGER”. Since 2012 I have been working in the Asociacion "Nuevos Pasos" in the area of social development, which is aimed at vulnerable populations and their environment. For several years I have seen my environment in my city and country is degraded more and more. I love my environment because we are so rich and we must care our natural resources. As assistant social and environmental projects I have the opportunity to help develop my community and this helps me to fight for the preservation of natural resources for the benefit of future generations. I worked on social projects with the ONG "Vive Peru" with students from USA as well. I am positive person who thinks positive. I am also hard working who believes in hard work and persistence. Besides this I am also a honest person.
Hi everyone! my name is Lucía Delbene Lezama. I'm 28 years old biologist with a Protected Areas Management postgrad. Currently I work in CLAES (Latin American Center of Social Ecology) where I'm in charged of a program called Gender, Ecology and Sustainability. I've been working on this ecofeminism field since almost a year and it has been a big challenge for me because I've had to learn so many things non-typical for a biologist, but I just love it. My big hobby is oil painting.
Melisa Diaz Orantes
I' am 24 years old. I'm from Chiapas, México, one of the states with more natural resources in México. I´m the middle of three sisters, I have lived with parents during my whole life in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, which is the capital city of Chiapas. I studied renewable energy at Polytechnic University of Chiapas. I got the degree about 2 years ago and I started to work at Cecropia where I have developed projects based on climate change. My expectation about this exchange is to learn more about different other countries projects and improve my previous knowledge. I really enjoy traveling in order to know about different cultures, people and beautiful places in our planet.
Santiago Dionicio Torres
My name is Santiago , I'm 29 years old, I studied economy in Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, I was born in Trujillo and I'm living in Trujillo for now, I love to travel and know about different cultures and people, that's why I went to the south of Peru and there is where I started to work with different institutions that work with environment since then I got interested in environment programs , nowdays I'm working with a sweeden foundation that work with environment and social programs with different public institution being a consultor.
Martín Ignacio Dubourdieu Hourcade
I am 31 years old. I was born and raised in the country near a small village called Palmar in Soriano, on the west side of Uruguay. When starting secondary school I moved to Mercedes, the capital city of Soriano. Afterwards I moved to Montevideo to continue studying electrical engineering. After finishing my studies I've worked in several places to end up coming back to Mercedes to work for Pamer, a recycled pulp & paper and corrugated packaging factory, where I am in charge of electronic and automatism maintenance. As part of my job I've been involved in developing solutions for waste treatment and optimizing production processes. I am also currently studying for a masters degree in environmental engineering in Argentina. My expectations for this program are to establish channels of communication with counterparts in the US and gain experience in environmental solutions not only to apply them at my work but also to maybe present ideas for our local goverment and contribute with my local community.
Agustín Escobar López
I'm 27 years old, I born in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital of Chiapas, in the south of México, I have a younger sister. I'm a mechatronic engineer and finishing a Master in Science in Sustainable Development. I'm working in the areas of energy efficiency, process optimization, implementation of green technologies and development of systems for collecting and processing data. I have the opportuniy of participate in a training program in Washington D.C. about public policies and management and development of projects. I like traveling, reading, going to movies, playing sports. About this program, I am interested in exchanging experiences, knowledge transfer and extrapolation of solutions to similar problems.
Virginia Linares Otoya
Virginia Linares(26 years old-Trujillo ,Peru),Engineer in Animal Science with Diploma of Project designer . Currently I am the president of the non-profit organization “Reserch Center for Sustainable Development Uku-Pacha” ,an institution that promotes scientific research focused on the development of technologies that reduce the negative impact of the productive activities on the environment and seeks to value the biodiversity in order to strengthen the arguments supporting the policies of conservation. In the past I worked in large-scale trading and export, and design of productive projects in agriculture for associated farmers to apply to new funds from the peruvian goverment .These experiences made me understand that environmental protection requires a multifocal intervention in order to be sustainable.
Environmental engineer referee, graduated from the National University of Trujillo, Certified Internal Auditor in Quality Management Systems ISO 9001: 2008, Systems of Occupational Safety and Health OHSAS 18001: 2007. I also did a graduate specialization in Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the Postgraduate School of the National University of Trujillo, and a Diploma in Environmental Management at the Private University of Piura. I currently serve as Chief of the Department of Industrial Safety, Health and Environment Company Cartavio S.A.A.As an environmental leader I have worked in many activities promoting environmental care. I have also organized events, conferences, in schools and communities.