Monica Araya – Keynote Speaker

Senior Adviser, Board Director, Strategic Initiatives

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Specialist Subjects

  • Big ideas to get rid of fossil fuels
  • Change to zero-emission electric mobility
  • The future of sustainable mobility
  • How to create a carbon neutral society
  • Climate Change


  • English
  • Spanish


For over 25 years, Monica has worked with leaders in government, business, philanthropy and advocacy on accelerating climate action with a focus on Latin America, Europe and the U.S.

She has worked as strategist of several initiatives, boards and international campaigns. She helped develop Costa Rica’s national decarbonization plan, was a special adviser to the high-level champion for climate action at COP26 in Glasgow and a distinguished fellow at ClimateWorks Foundation. She helped incubate the Drive Electric Campaign, a global campaign powered by philanthropy.

For her work on electrification she was included in the list of “BBC 100 Women.” Her TED talks on climate action have over five million views.

Most recently, Monica was the Executive Director of the European Climate Foundation’s (ECF) international programs and a member of the organization’s Executive Management Team. In that capacity, she oversaw work and grant-making on trade, diplomacy, decarbonization plans and global climate politics.

She is currently as senior adviser to various initiatives. She is Director of the Natural Resources Governance Institute (NRGI)’s Governing Board, a member of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’s International Advisory and is one of the founding members of Drive Electric’s Steering Committee.

Previously, Monica worked at the Ministry of Foreign Trade in Costa Rica, Climate Change Capital, the UN negotiations and E3G. In Costa Rica she co-founded Costa Rica Limpia and the Costa Rican E-Mobility Association. She obtained at masters in economic policy at the National University in Costa Rica and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in environmental management from Yale University.

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