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.
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.
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.
Trinidad and Tobago
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Rubén Darío Herrera Rodriguez
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.
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.
The UK/Hong Kong
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.
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.
Alicia Bueno Belloso
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.
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.
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.
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.
French, German, English
Fiona is half-French and half-British and spent the first eight years of her life in various countries thanks to her diplomat father. After living in Brittany, she moved to Germany aged 20. She holds a Master’s Degree in Conference Interpreting from the University of Heidelberg, where she teaches consecutive interpreting (English into French). She also works as a freelance translator and interpreter for various businesses and institutions. She organized her first beach clean-up aged 15 and is delighted to support young climate activists.
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.
Laura Obradors Noguera
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.
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.
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.
Sophie Ben Menni Schuler
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.
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.
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.