Meet the people who actively work to fulfill our vision, mission and objectives.
As a process of interaction and collaboration between individuals and groups with different perspectives, interests and knowledge for consensus building towards sustainability.
He has worked at FFLA since 2006, leading several regional initiatives and technical cooperation in institutional capacity building for the management of socio-environmental conflicts, such as the Response Fund for South America. He has proven experience in facilitating processes of dialogue, governance and construction of public policies on issues of biodiversity, energy, water and climate change in 17 countries in the Americas. In the case of Chile, his role in the facilitation of two multi-sectoral dialogue initiatives of great relevance at the national level stands out; “Energy Scenarios 2030”, which allowed building the foundations of the current energy policy of the country and “Water Scenarios 2030”, currently in process and with great impact on the public agenda. He has also served as Chile Country Project Manager of CDKN (Climate and Development Knowledge Network).
Professional with a degree in Business Administration. Extensive experience in international cooperation agencies and non-governmental organizations, as advisor in financial and administrative management, budget control, audit contracting, review of audit reports, implementation and closure of recommendations. Formulation of budgets for the development of new projects or activities. Experience in the evaluation of the institutional capacity of local organizations for project management; as well as the implementation of actions for their strengthening. María joins FFLA in December 2020 to provide administrative and financial assistance to the Executive Direction and the Foundation’s team.
Specialist in Leadership, Climate Change and Cities (FLACSO-Ecuador), with 21 years of experience in gender mainstreaming and participation in sustainable development processes, biodiversity conservation and climate change in Latin America. Facilitator of multi-sectoral dialogue spaces and training in gender, socio-environmental conflict transformation, SDGs, sexual and reproductive rights, environmental governance and interculturality. Alexandra has a Master’s Degree in Integrative Research (Multiversidad Edgar Morin); Diploma in Gender, Ethnicity and Planning (Universidad de Chile), with postgraduate training in Local Social and Solidarity Economy (Universidad General Sarmiento-Argentina).
Social Communicator with a minor in Development from the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, focused on institutional communication, strategic communication, digital communication – multimedia, corporate responsibility and social projects. He has more than 5 years of experience in different organizations, foundations and NGOs. He coordinated the communication of the Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development (ADUS), product development for FAO, MAG, National Assembly of Ecuador, ClikHub, among others. Since 2019, he joins FFLA as communicator for FFLA and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network-CDKN. He provides technical support in communication to different national and international initiatives, programs and projects of FFLA.
Engineer in Foreign Trade and International Business from the Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas-ESPE. He joined the FFLA team in 2015 as Senior Technician of the Program of Dialogue and Capacities for Climate Change, Water and Energy. Christian has 8 years of experience in management, institutional and project financial administrative control at international level with direct relationship of actors in private sector organizations and NGOs. He has developed projects of linking society in rural areas and studies of the effects of climate change for exporting sectors in Ecuador.
She has more than 12 years of experience in the accounting area. She has knowledge in auditing, accounting and taxation. Geovanna has a degree in Accounting and Auditing from Universidad Politécnica Salesiana. She joined FFLA in 2007 as an Accounting Intern due to her commitment and performance, she is currently working as General Accountant of FFLA.
Professional with 12 years of experience in the administrative, financial and technical translation areas in the public sector, NGOs and private sector. She has knowledge in management, budgeting, monitoring and administrative processes. Gissella holds a Multilingual Degree in International Business and Exchanges from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. She joined FFLA to support the CDKN project in 2016 and is currently supporting projects and technical assistance in administrative and financial processes, fundraising and proposal preparation.
Cristina has 21 years of experience in good governance systems for natural resources and protected areas in Ecuador and Latin America. She is a specialist in environmental and social safeguards, conflict transformation techniques, collaborative negotiation and facilitator of participatory processes for capacity building. She supports the design and methodological construction of tools for dialogue, governance and conservation, as well as technical planning, budgeting and implementation of projects with their follow-up, monitoring and evaluation. Cristina has experience in research and systematization of processes, and as an author and editor of documents. She has a degree in Biology (Universidad Central del Ecuador) with postgraduate studies in Integrated Management of Coastal Zones (Universidad de Guadalajara Jalisco-Mexico) and a Specialization in International Cooperation (Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales del Ecuador).
Professional with more than 14 years of experience in sustainable development, governance, climate change, forests, participation, transparency and access to information. She has extensive experience in leadership and facilitation of multi-sectoral participatory processes with an integrated approach (both at national and sub-national levels) as well as in coordination, implementation and monitoring of programs and projects. Mireya holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Lincoln in New Zealand and a Bachelor’s Degree in tourism with a minor in ecotourism from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. In 2015, she joins FFLA as Project Coordinator and additionally serves as CDKN Focal Point in Ecuador.
Professional with more than 15 years of experience in program and project management. She has coordinated several projects in the Latin American region in sustainable development and climate change, collaborating with their planning, implementation, learning, participation, monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management processes. Gabriela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and Exchanges from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, a Diploma in Social Intervention from the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, a virtual Diploma in Decentralization and Local Development from the Universidad Alberto Hurtado de Chile. She also has a Specialization in Leadership, Climate Change and Cities from FLACSO-Ecuador. Since August 2018, she is the Regional Coordinator for Latin America of the “Knowledge Accelerator” Program of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).
Professional with 30 years of experience in project management in conservation, climate change, integrated water management and disaster response. Prior to FFLA she worked as a Project Management Specialist for USAID/Ecuador. In recent years, as a specialist in financial mechanisms for conservation, adaptation and mitigation, she provided technical support in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama, Bolivia, Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. Paola holds a B.A. in Management for Sustainable Local Development, an M.Sc. in Environmental Audits and Management with a major in Management of Natural Areas; and an M.B.A. in Environmental Business. In 2019, she joins FFLA as CEPF (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) Coordinator for Ecuador and since 2020 she is coordinator and focal point for the Adaptation Fund Network and assumes the Coordination of the Natural Resources Management and Climate Change Program for FFLA.
Specialist in natural resource management and civil engineer with more than 30 years of experience in environmental management, biodiversity conservation, watershed management and local capacity building for the sustainable management of natural resources,. Pablo is an expert in financial mechanisms for the conservation and governance of water resources. He has worked in the public sector both locally and nationally, in addition to teaching at various universities. Pablo has always be linked to the world of sustainable development and environment, he is a high-level visionary leader who adapts to the creation of consensus among the diverse groups of interested in resources and the construction of working relationships with the government, the community and the private sector’s collaborators. Since June 2019, Pablo has taken the leadership of the organization as Executive Director of the Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano.