This Tuesday the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, appointed Andrea Meza Murillo, as the new Minister of Environment and Energy to replace Carlos Manuel Rodríguez Echeverría, who will assume as the next CEO and president of the Global Environment Fund (GEF for his acronym in English) next September.
Meza is a lawyer graduated from the University of Costa Rica (UCR), has specialized courses at the Utrecht University, and a postgraduate degree in Local Development.
She is an expert in sustainable development with more than 20 years of experience in formulating public policies and executing projects. She has worked in more than 15 Latin American countries in multidisciplinary projects financed by various multilateral organizations (IDB, World Bank, CAF, European Union, UNDP), bilateral (AECID, GIZ) and national governments.
Since 2015 she has served as director of the Climate Change Directorate of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, from where she coordinated the technical formulation of the National Decarbonization Plan and the National Adaptation Policy, and has been head of delegation in international negotiation processes. Meza participated in the negotiation by Costa Rica of the Paris Agreement and has been key in strengthening programs that coordinate efficiency and sustainability actions with private companies and the municipal sector
After expressing the enthusiasm represented by the challenge she takes on, Andrea Meza, assured that she will consolidate the work of the last years. “This sector has profound challenges, but also the opportunity to continue contributing substantially to the development of the country,” he said.