Daniela Rey Christen is the founding Director of Climate Law and Policy (CLP), an independent advisory organization comprised of an international and multidisciplinary team of legal and policy specialists that design, implement and sustain environmental governance advancements. Daniela has over 16 years’ experience in environmental law and policy and is a global leading expert in environmental governance. Her technical expertise includes: environmental law and policy, in particular, climate change and REDD+, strategic social and environmental assessments, grievance and redress mechanisms, environmental and social safeguards, and human rights and indigenous peoples’ law. She has supported over twenty (20) country governments in analyzing and strengthening legal and institutional frameworks relevant to REDD+ safeguards (e.g. land tenure rights, recognizing and fulfilling human rights, set-up of grievance redress mechanisms, etc.) and the adoption of legal and policy instruments (e.g. REDD+ strategy, Climate Change Acts, etc.). Prior to CLP, Daniela has held a variety of roles in international organizations, CSOs, and law firms. She holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.
María Garcia Espinosa has over eight years of experience in environment and sustainable development issues, encompassing public environmental and climate change policy at the national and international levels, with an emphasis on land-use and multi-level governance, and low-carbon and climate resilient development. Between 2012 and 2015 María was Ecuador’s REDD+ Focal Point, role under which she was lead the development of Ecuador’s REDD+ national strategy, with an emphasis on the design of optimal and cross-sectoral policies and measures to address underlying and direct drivers of deforestation of tropical forests while addressing and respecting social and environmental safeguards since the policy design phase. As a global expert on safeguards, María led an innovative multi-stakeholder process in Ecuador for the definition of a National Approach for REDD+ Safeguards, and its interplay with the national REDD+ strategy. María is currently a Senior Forest Policy Officer for IUCN´s Global Forest and Climate Change Programme, leading IUCN´s policy efforts at the global level to leverage the potential of nature-based solutions in achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement, and previously she contributed to country-led safeguards processes in Latin America and Asia in her role as Policy Advisor for Climate Law and Policy. María holds a Master’s degree on Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London Schools of Economics and Political Science, and she holds a Bachelor on Tourism and Environmental Management.
Ana Karla Perea has 10 years’ experience in forest and climate change policy, including policy advice and program/ project management. Ana Karla’s areas of expertise include climate change policy and REDD+, climate finance and environmental and social safeguards. Ana Karla worked in Mexico’s National Forest Commission (CONAFOR) and served as lead negotiator for the Mexican Government on REDD+ and LULUCF in the UNFCCC. She also worked closely with stakeholders at all levels in the design and implementation of REDD+ in Mexico. Prior to this role, she worked as Environmental and Social Safeguards Coordinator in CONAFOR. Ana Karla holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a Bachelor in Environmental Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente.
Nicholas Meitaki Soikan is a Social Development Specialist working with the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility based in Washington DC. He focuses on social and environmental sustainability and social standards related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, REDD+, in African countries. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked with Indigenous Peoples organizations in Kenya and advocated for Indigenous People’s inclusion in REDD+ and other climate change programs, regionally, nationally and internationally. Soikan holds a Master of Arts degree in Rural Sociology and Community Development from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
Steve Swan has over 20 years’ experience in forest biodiversity management, governance and financing with a geographical focus on Southeast and East Asia. Nearly 15 of these years have been spent developing, coordinating and managing complex multidisciplinary projects and programmes financed both by public and private sectors. His technical expertise includes: environmental and social frameworks and indicators for impact investment; environmental and social safeguards; payments for ecosystem services including REDD+; low-emissions development planning; sustainable livelihoods; national policy, legislative and regulatory reform. Steve is currently the UN-REDD Programme Safeguards Coordinator and Land-Use Finance Programme Environmental & Social Impact Coordinator. Prior to joining UN Environment five years ago, Steve served as a Senior Technical Advisor on the SNV-Netherlands Development Organization REDD+ programme, in addition to providing freelance advisory services to several REDD+ interventions. Steve holds a Master’s degree in Biodiversity Conservation & Management from the London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Steve also has a first-class bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Marine Zoology.