Founder Nivela & TED Speaker
Monica was born and raised in Costa Rica and started working on sustainability when she was 19, and has worked on it non-stop for more than 20 years. In 2014, Monica founded Nivela, a thought-leadership group devoted to clean development and Costa Rica Limpia, a citizen initiative (limpia means “clean”).
Monica studied economics in Costa Rica and environmental management in the US. She has a Ph.D. in environmental management at Yale University. Monica is also a Senior Associate at E3G in London and at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Monica writes and give talks each month and talk to journalists about renewables, clean mobility and climate politics. She has done interviews in Costa Rica and abroad including journalists from TIME magazine, Financial Times, National Geographic, Huffington Post Live, BBC Radio, BBC World Service, The Guardian, VICE news, Climate Home, Le Monde, ClimateWire.
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs named her “Personality of the Future” in 2014. In December 2016 a dream came true: Monica went to Antarctica as a member of the world’s largest all-female expedition organized by Homeward Bound – and a part of her is still there.