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U4CA Team members

Our diverse team represents 21 nationalities in total: Anguilla, Argentina, the Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Germany, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Montserrat, the Netherlands, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay.

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Alicia
Amancio
(she/her)

Brazil

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Alicia is from Florianópolis, a small island in the south of Brazil. She attended her first UN Climate Change Conference at the age of 17 and since then is engaged in social, racial and climate justice.

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Andrea
Cantillo
(she/her)

Colombia

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Andrea has a MSc. in Environmental Communication and Management, and is an environmental engineer graduate. She has dedicated her personal and work life to environmental issues and climate change. She was part of the general coordination of the Latin American and Caribbean Youth Climate Movement where she engaged with UN Climate and youth engagement.

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AshneiL
Jeffers
(he/him)

Montserrat

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Ashneil is from Montserrat, a small Island in the Caribbean. He has worked alongside many Environmental organizations and government agencies in many capacities, his favourite being public speaking.

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Ati Gunnawi Viviam Villafaña Izquierdo

(she/her)

Colombia

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Ati is part of the Arhuaca indigenous community in Colombia. She is a political science student at the Javeriana University in Bogotá.

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Azul
SChvartzman
(she/her)

Argentina

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Azul is 26 years old and from Argentina. She studied Environmental Sciences at Buenos Aires University and currently she specializes in climate change and youth engagement issues. She is currently the Research and Policy Coordinator at the NGO Eco House and a Race To Zero Youth Fellow in Resilience in the COP26 High Level Climate Champions team.

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Chandelle
O'Neil
(THEY/THEM)

Trinidad and Tobago

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Chandelle is a sustainable energy systems design specialist and human rights advocate in Trinidad and Tobago. They are a member of the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network and an ambassador with the Healthy and Environmentally-Friendly Youth (HEY) Campaign and the World Literacy Foundation.

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Charles
Baldaia
(he/him)

Brazil

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Charles is an international affairs student and a candidate to the Brazilian diplomatic service. He has experience in programming and data science and is now engaging in international social and environmental justice.

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Clara

Von Glasow

(SHE/HER)

Germany

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Clara is a law graduate, member of the German youth NGO Klimadelegation and recently crossed the Atlantic with two sailing projects. She has expertise in UNFCCC processes and climate change education.

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Danii Balaguera Villafaña
(she/her)

Colombia

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Daniela, a mestizo Arhuaca from the Sierra Nevada, is an environmental and social activist. She works to strengthen self-justice, environmental and cultural recovery and conservation projects in her community.

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Daniela
Larios
(she/her)

Honduras

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Daniela is a 26 years old climate activist and environmental engineer from Honduras. She is a consultant for marine conservation programs and leads her environmental movement and small business called ECO.

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Devon
Carter
(he/him)

Anguilla

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Devon is a 27-year-old conservationist from Anguilla who is very active in environmental and youth advocacy.

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Elenita

Sales

(she/they)

Brazil

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Elenita is a climate activist in Brazil and a volunteer at ICMBio. As an Afro Descendant and LGBTQ+ member, she writes about social and environmental issues in her blog, 'Preta No Verde'.

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Felipe ñanco
Melillan
(he/him)

Chile

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Felipe Ñanco was a Mapuche activist and now works part-time in the local municipality. He also advises Indigenous communities for the protection of their territory, in the Araucania region.

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Gaby
Costa
(she/her)

Ecuador

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Gaby Costa is a lawyer with a master's degree in Environmental Governance. She is an environmentalist whose main research and professional interests are sustainable development and governance. She is an environmental activist and volunteers with vulnerable groups.

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Ismario RodríguEz
Pérez
(He/Him)

Cuba

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Ismario is a filmmaker and photographer who specializes in covering issues of climate crisis, human rights and gender identity. He works, since 2016, as an audiovisual director for Periodismo de Barrio, a digital magazine focused on climate crisis, biodiversity and local development.

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(she/her)

Peru

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Yaquemilsa is an environmental engineering student, an Indigenous environmental activist, a member of Fridays for Future Peru, and president of the Association of Young Indigenous and Amazonian Settlers of the Megantoni.

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Juan Pablo
Sierra
(he/him)

Colombia

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Juan is a climate activist from Colombia. He is Co-Director of the youth organization PactoXElClima, and coordinator of the FFF Colombia movement.

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Julia Proto
Curi Hallal
(she/her)

Brazil/Uruguay

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Julia is an environmental communicator with a focus on the climate crisis. She works for the private and public sector informing and educating about climate change related subjects and projects. Through her work, she seeks to communicate about the environmental and socioeconomic dangers of non-commitment.

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Laura Verónica

Muñoz

(she/her)

Colombia

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Laura is a Colombian, audiovisual and multimedia communicator, climate activist and ecofeminist. She’s part of Fridays For Future and Pacto X El Clima. She has been involved in the process of building the Colombian and Latin American climate message to nourish international conversations. She believes that to achieve climate justice, it’s necessary to create safe spaces where diversity is the rule and decoloniality the way.

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Lena
Gerstmans
(she/her)

The Netherlands

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Lena is a Dutch Global Sustainability Science student, focusing on the topic of climate injustice. Next to that, she is a board member of Enactus Utrecht, an organization focussing on social and sustainable entrepreneurship.

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Macius
Djivenson
(He/him)

Haiti

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Djivenson is a climate activist in Haiti. He is the founder of a student-run organization called "Sustainability Week Port-au-prince" within the State University of Haiti. Currently, he is one of 14 young climate activists part of the "Global Youth and Mayors Forum" launched by C40 Cities. When it comes to his studies, he is close to completing his undergraduate studies at Haiti State University. Passionate about public international law and actively involved in environmental issues, he is currently preparing his final thesis in the field of International Environmental Law.

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Megan
Ehman
(SHE/HER)

Cayman Islands/Canada

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Megan is an environmentalist in the Cayman Islands, with a specific focus on issues related to the ocean and ocean sustainability, currently studying to get her degree in environmental science.  

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Montserrat

Tolaba

(she/her)

Argentina

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Monse developed in the high school student movement and is currently studying Philosophy at University of Buenos Aires. She is trans, feminist, intersectional and socio-environmental  activist of Jóvenes por el Clima Argentina.

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Nataly Chuve
Oreyai
(she/her)

Bolivia

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Nataly is an Indigenous climate change activist from Bolivia. She is part of youth networks that aim to showcase Indigenous culture to the world.

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O'neil Henry
Leadon
(he/they)

The Bahamas

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Niel is a conservationist from The Bahamas who is passionate about heritage preservation, environmental protection, and youth empowerment. 

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Roxana "Rox"
Borda
(she/her)

Peru

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Roxana is a student of Rural Development and Food Security, a climate activist of Quechua origin (Amazonian-Andean), a defender of the Amazon, food systems, and promoter of the SDGs, as well as Country Coordinator (Peru) of the 16th UN Youth Conference on Climate Change (COY16).

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Rubén Darío Herrera Rodriguez

(he/him)

Cuba

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Ruben lives in the largest island in the Caribbean, he is an environmentalist, and he studies English and Literature at the university. He has worked with climate organizations and initiatives focusing on climate action, community work and youth empowerment. He loves the sea, sunsets and horror movies.

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Steff

Mcdermot

(she/her)

Cayman Islands

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Steff is a conservationist from the Cayman Islands. She is a founding member of the Cayman Islands Mangrove Rangers and the Caribbean Coordinator for the Ocean Heroes Bootcamp. She is passionate about engaging youth in environmental conservation to elevate their personal and professional lives. 

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Tori
Tsui
(SHE/THEY)

The UK/Hong Kong

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Tori is a climate justice activist and writer based in Bristol, UK but originally from Hong Kong. She recently sailed across the Atlantic with the think tank Sail to the COP. She subsequently helped facilitate Sail For Climate Action. She is the co-founder of the Bad Activist Collective and Pass the Mic.

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Vanessa
Anglin
(she/her)

Jamaica

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Vanessa is a nature lover from Montego Bay, Jamaica and has a passion for improving, protecting and preserving the earth we live in. She is a Chef and volunteers with an environmental sustainability action group as a social media marketing manager. 

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Our translators

We also want to acknowledge and thank our translators, who volunteer their time to help us understand each other better in our meetings. They are highly skilled and work very hard to enable us to communicate with each other efficiently and simultaneously, and we are very grateful for their involvement. 

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Alicia Bueno Belloso
(she/her)

Languages:
Spanish, English, German, Catalan, Italian, French

Alicia is a Spanish translator and interpreter with an unusual background. She studied Physics in Madrid and, after a masters degree, a PhD and a postdoc which brought her to Germany, decided to give her second passion a go: languages. She did a masters in Conference Interpreting in Heidelberg and has been working as a freelance interpreter and translator ever since. You can learn more about her at www.49n-communication.com.

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Christina
Moser
(she/her)

Languages:
Spanish, German, English

Christina went to school in Germany, Spain and the UK and wanted to become a conference interpreter from an early age. She studied at the University of Heidelberg, where she currently works part time as a lecturer in the Master´s Degree in Conference Interpreting. She works for the EU, the private market and now also as a volunteer for U4CA and still loves her job.You can find out more here: www.interpretandum.de/en.

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Corinne
Boissel-Somerville
(she/her)

Languages:
French, German, English

Corinne went to school in France and decided to become a conference interpreter when she was 13. She lived for a short while in the USA and then studied at the University of Heidelberg and University of Mainz/Germersheim. She currently works part time as a lecturer in the Master´s Degree in Conference Interpreting at Heidelberg University. She works for the EU, the EPO, the private market and now also as a volunteer for U4CA and still loves her job after 30 years.

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Elena

Domínguez

(she/her)

Languages:
Spanish, Catalan, English, German

Elena is a translator and conference interpreter from Barcelona based in Germany. She studied translation in her hometown and moved to Germany to study politics and international relations, her second passion. After living in several European cities, she decided to study conference interpreting at the University of La Laguna and start her freelance career in Germany.

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Flavio
Ribeiro
(he/him)

Languages:
Portuguese, English, German, Spanish, French

Flavio Ribeiro interpreted for the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992. He holds an MA in Performance Art from the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany and a BA in Cinema from Hampshire College, USA.

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Laura Obradors Noguera
(she/her)

Languages:
Spanish, Catalan, English, German, French

Laura is a translator and a conference interpreter from Barcelona, currently living in Germany. Apart from professionally playing with languages both in written and spoken form, she is also a lecturer in Catalan Studies at the Universität des Saarlandes and is very keen on graphic design. Learn more about her at www.49n-communication.com.

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Miriam
Oliven
(she/her)

Languages:
Portuguese, English, German, French, Spanish

Miriam knew from an early age she wanted to become a conference interpreter. She went to university in Brazil and then moved to Europe for a postgraduate degree in conference interpreting. She enjoys being a member of the team of language professionals facilitating multilingual exchanges  among  activists from so many different countries and cultural backgrounds.

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Sonia

Delgado

(she/her)

Languages:
Spanish, English, German

 

Sonia was born and grew up in Spain with German parents. She studied at the University of Heidelberg and spent a while in California at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Languages are her passion and she loves her job. Climate issues, the earth's sustainability have become growing concerns for her in the last years and she is very happy to support the activists of U4CA. You can learn more about her at www.interpretandum.de/en.

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Sophie Ben Menni Schuler
(she/her)

Languages:
Spanish, German, English

Sophie was born and raised in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata in eastern Andalusia (Spain). Her multicultural background (German mother and French-Algerian father) made her interested in different languages and cultures at a very early age. After studying translation and interpreting at the University of Granada and several stays on organic farms in Northern Germany, she decided to pursue a Master's degree in conference interpreting in Heidelberg. She currently lives in Heidelberg where she works primarily as a language teacher in adult education.

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Sophie Corda
(she/her)
 

Languages:
French, German, English

Sophie is a Belgian translator and a conference interpreting student. She holds a Master of Arts in Translation from the University of Liège, Belgium. After completing her MA, she decided to move to Heidelberg to study conference interpreting.

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Verónica
Gutiérrez Isla

(she/her)

Languages:
Spanish, German, English

Verónica was born in Málaga, at the so-called Costa del Sol. The international character of her region awakened very soon her interest in languages and intercultural communication. Therefore, after spending an academic year in Germany and finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Translation and Interpreting in her hometown, she decided to study a Master’s Degree in Conference Interpreting at the University of Heidelberg. She is now based in this city and increasingly concerned about climate action.