Dr. Monica Araya is a Costa Rican author and adviser on clean development and politics of climate change in Latin America. She is Founder & Director of Nivela (a think tank) and Costa Rica Limpia (a citizen observatory). She is co-chair of the Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean and a Member of the Steering Committee of the UNEP Gap Emissions Report. She worked at E3G from 2009-2011 and works as senior associate on climate policy projects with a focus on the negotiations and Latin America.
She collaborates regularly with leaders in government, civil society, and business with a focus on climate action in middle-income economies. She worked for the Ministry of Foreign Trade in Costa Rica, the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, the OECD and Climate Change Capital and has collaborated with multiple organizations including: World Resources Institute (WRI), the European Climate Foundation (ECF), INCAE Business School, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the Institute for Building Efficiency, and Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC).
She has authored nearly 50 publications many of which focus on low-carbon policies and politics. She speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese. Monica has a Master in economic policy from the National University in Costa Rica and has a Master and Doctorate degrees in environmental management from Yale University.