Carolina Peña

Carolina Peña

Carolina is a passionate advocate for environmental sustainability with more than 14 years of work experience with international organizations, including the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan-American Health Organization. Between 2004 and 2016, she worked for the Department of Sustainable Development at the OAS supporting the implementation of initiatives that respond to the demands and needs of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a significant impact on sustainable development.

Carolina has worked as project manager on sustainable energy initiatives, enabling technical assistance and knowledge sharing in more than 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through dialogue, she has integrated the needs of national authorities, the experience of regional agencies, and development partners to achieve common goals, specifically to strengthen environmental governance towards low-carbon economic development and ensure reliable access to sustainable and affordable energy services. Her important results include the adoption of national energy policies and the delivery of technical assistance that stimulated renewable energy and energy efficiency investments.

Carolina also has spearheaded a regional energy literacy outreach strategy for the education sector with the goal of increasing the interest and knowledge of young students, and, ultimately, motivating them to become tomorrow’s energy and environmental leaders.

Carolina has a Master of Science on Environmental and Energy Management from George Washington University and a Renewable Energy Expert Certificate from the European Energy Centre. Her work comprises project management, international cooperation, capacity building and education, particularly in emerging and developing economies.