Alicia Barcena Ibarra
United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
BSc in Biology; Master's in Public Admin., Harvard Univ.; completed courses for a Master's in Ecology; PhD in Economics candidate, National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico. Formerly: Founding Director, Earth Council, Costa Rica, an NGO in charge of following up on the agreements of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development; Coordinator, Latin American and Caribbean Sustainable Development Programme, UN Development Programme (UNDP), resp. for the Environmental Citizenship Project at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); Deputy Exec. Secretary and Director, Environment and Human Settlements Division, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Undersecretary-General for Management, UN Headquarters, New York, Chef de Cabinet and Deputy Chef de Cabinet to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Since July 2008, Exec. Secretary, ECLAC. Has taught and conducted research, Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico. Has published articles on sustainable development, public policy, environmental issues and public participation.