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International organization administrator

Christiana Figueres, American international organization administrator. Certified in organization development Georgetown University, 1991, in organization and systems design Gestalt Institute Cleveland, 1993. Recipient Hero for Planet award, National Geographic Magazine, 2001.

Background

Figueres, Christiana was born on August 7, 1956 in San José, Costa Rica. Daughter of José Maria Figueres-Ferrer and Karen Olsen-Beck.

Education

Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore College, 1979. Master of Science in Social Anthropology, London School of Economics, 1981.

Career

Minister counselor Embassy of Costa Rica, Bonn, Germany, 1982-1985. Consultant United Nations Development Program, San José, 1987. Director international cooperative Costa Rican Ministry Planning, 1987—1988.

Chief of staff Costa Rican Ministry Agriculture, 1988—1990. Independent consultant Washington, 1991-1993. Director international operations The Hawthorn Group, Rosslyn, Virginia, 1993—1994.

Director technical secretariat United States Export Council for Renewable Energy, Washington, 1994—1996. Founder, executive director Center Sustainable Development in the Americas, 1995—2003. Independent senior level climate change advisor, 2004—2010.

Latin American and Caribbean representative to the executive board Clean Development Mechanism United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 2007, vice president of bureau, 2008—2009, executive secretary, since 2010. Principal climate change advisor ENDESA Latinoamérica, 2008—2010. Senior advisor C-Quest Capital, 2009—2010.

Vice chair rating committee Carbon Rating Agency, 2008—2010.

Achievements

  • Certified in organization development Georgetown University, 1991, in organization and systems design Gestalt Institute Cleveland, 1993.

Connections

Married Konrad von Ritter, December 8, 1985. Children: Naima von Ritter, Yihana von Ritter.

father:
José Maria Figueres-Ferrer

mother:
Karen Olsen-Beck

spouse:
Konrad von Ritter

child:
Naima von Ritter Figueres

child:
Yihana von Ritter Figueres