Gilberto Rincón González
Founder and director of CEID Colombia. He has extensive experience, with more than 20 years as a senior legal advisor for multinational oil companies such as Shell and Exxon Mobil. He was a Member of the Colombian delegation to negotiate the UNFCCC Kyoto Protocol CoP 6 in The Hague, Holland. President of the Colombian Environmental Bar Association and permanent delegate to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development - CSD. An attorney specialized in Environmental Law from the Universidad del Rosario with an MBA from the IESE – Navarra University in Spain and a degree in Comparative Law from the University of Texas, Dallas (USA). Currently, he is a business adviser and a member of the Governing board of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. He participates in the implementation of the program of the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States (EPA) in Colombia on " Environmental Law Enforcement and Compliance” and the programs of the Academy of Environmental Law (IUCN).
Studied Business Administration at the Los Andes University in Bogotá and holds a Master’s Degree in Development Economics and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University.See full profile
Janeth Patricia Velásquez
Lawyer of the University La Gran Colombia. Specialist in environmental law of the Univerisdad del Rosario. She is currently carrying out her PhD. studies in law at the Universidad San Pablo – CEU in Spain.See full profile
Gloria Isabel Triviño Valenzuela
Gloria Isabel Triviño is a lawyer from the Universidad Catolica de Colombia, with emphasis in civil law from the Faculty of Paris X Nanterre (France) and a specialization in environmental law at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogota.See full profile
Ricardo Botero Villegas
Lawyer from the Universidad Libre de Colombia with emphasis in environmental law from Universidad del Rosario (Colombia).See full profile
Lawyer from the Washington College of Law, with a Masters in International Affairs and a specialization in global climate change American University (Washington DC).See full profile
Manuel Guzman Hennessey
Scientific Journalist, consultant, analyst, author and professor at the University of Rosario (Colombia) on issues related to global climate change.See full profile
Environmental engineer with expertise in the evaluation and structuring of sustainability memories under the GRI G4 methodology and tools allowing to increased environmental and social value with profitable financial margins.See full profile
Mateo Ledesma Bohorquez
Environmental Engineer from the Universidad El Bosque. Member of Choc Izone Research Group.See full profile
Leonie holds an LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law from the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium and an LL.B. from Leuphana University in Lueneburg, GermanySee full profile
The Center for Sustainable Development Studies – CEID Colombia - is a non-profit organization, founded in 2003 by a team of experts in law, sustainable development, climate change, and socio-environmental issues. The purpose of CEID is to lead research programs in Colombia and worldwide, to disseminate knowledge and to build capacity within corporations, public institutions and civil society on topics related to the environment and sustainable development, thus creating a path for a more harmonious relationship between economic growth and environmental sustainability. Furthermore, CEID Colombia also provides consulting services on these topics.
CEID builds upon the more than two decades of experience of its members, in the public and the private sectors and academia. CEID regularly takes part in national and international conferences, including the Commission on Sustainable Development and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
CEID will be recognized both nationally and internationally, as a leader in the study, dissemination, and support to the public and private sectors and academia, in topics that promote sustainable development in Colombia and Latin America.
CEID is committed with the promotion of a sustainable model of society through research, development, and knowledge dissemination. It also provides support for public and private sectors regarding the creation of strategies and solutions in order to achieve the proposed sustainable model.
- Contribute to capacity building in public and private sectors (government, business, academia, etc)
- Provide consultancy and advice to public and private sectors (government, business, academia, etc.).
- Promote and conduct research, studies and dissemination of knowledge on the environment and sustainable development.
- Identify and implement projects and programs in Colombia already established in other countries.
- Identify, develop, and implement local initiatives.
CEID Colombia develops its strategies, actions, and projects by respecting the corporate values. These values define the line of action, in order to not only meet but also exceed the expectations of our customers, members and allies. These values are: compliance, quality, transparency, ethics and recognition.
Lester R. Brown is President of the Earth Policy Institute, a non-profit organization founded in May 2001 in Washington D. C., which is dedicated to interdisciplinary research. The purpose of the Earth Policy is to provide a vision of an environmentally sustainable economy and a project to reach it. Brown has been described as "one of the world's most influential thinkers." by the Washington Post. The Telegraph of Calcutta called him "the guru of the environmental movement". In 1986, the Library of the United States Congress requested his personal papers noting that his writings "have already strongly affected thinking about problems of world population and resources."
30 years ago, Brown helped pioneer the concept of environmentally sustainable development, a concept that has been used in the design of eco-economy. He was the founder of the World Watch Institute and he was president during its first twenty-six years. He has authored or co-authored many books and has received over twenty honorary awards. His books have been translated into more than forty languages.
Brown is a member of the MacArthur Foundation, he has received notable awards, including the Award of the United Nations Environment in 1987, the Gold Medal of the World Wild Fund for Nature 1989 and Japan's Blue Planet Prize in 1994 for his "outstanding contribution to solving global environmental problems." In 1995, Marquis Who's Who, the most prominent biographical editor of the world, named him as one of fifty great Americans. More recently he was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Italy, the Borgström Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, and was named honorary professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His publications include: Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble, Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to save civilization, World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse, Eco-Economy, the book of the Earth Policy, Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity.
Javier de Cendra
Javier de Cendra is an energy and environmental lawyer at the UCL Energy Institute. He is the Director of Research in Ethics at the Energy Institute, a member of the LLM on energy and environmental law at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and legal expert in the Forum for Adaptation to Climate Change created by the Catholic University of Leuven and the University of Malta. He studied a first degree in law and economics, after which he gained an LL.M in international, European and comparative energy and environmental law.
At the UCL Energy Institute, Javier brings a legal dimension to the highly multidisciplinary work currently undertaken (covering many policy, technical and behavioral aspects of the production and consumption of energy). The main goal is to generate new collaborative and multidisciplinary research, whether at international, European or domestic levels, which develops innovative solutions in response to current challenges faced by societies in moving towards low carbon and sustainable futures.
Rob Fowler is an Adjunct Professor in the Law School at the University of South Australia, having retired in late 2008 after teaching and researching in the field of environmental law in Australia for over thirty years. He continues to teach environmental law part-time at the University of South Australia and also at the University of Adelaide and the Australian National University. He is the Chair of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and represents the Oceania region on its Governing Board. Rob is also Chair of the South Australian Environmental Defender’s Office, a public interest environmental law firm, and serves as a member of the Governing Board of the Australian Conservation Foundation, a national environmental NGO in Australia. He is also a member of the IUCN Environmental Law Commission, and participates in two of its Specialist Groups, on soils and forests. His research interests include climate change, forestry, soils and protection of the marine environment.Visit web site
Steve Kass is the founder of the Environmental Practice Group of Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP in New York. Formerly a partner and founder of Berle, Kass & Case, company that specialized in environmental law when the studies in the field first began in the 70s. He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Yale (1961) and L.L.B. cum laude from Harvard (1964). Additionally, he was an Associate Professor of Law School Pace (Pace Law School) and Associate Professor in Brooklyn Law School (Brooklyn Law School), where he teaches topics related to international environmental law and climate change, economic development and human rights. Regularly, S. Kass has published articles on environmental law at New York Law Journal since 1986. He is a former vice president of New York City Bar Association. He currently chairs the International Human Rights Committee, is Director Emeritus of Human Rights Watch and a member of the Steering Committee of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.Visit web site
Pavan Sukhdev, born and raised in New Delhi is the founder and CEO of GIST Advisory, he worked in the sector of the financial markets in companies like the ANZ Bank (1983-1994) and Deutsche Bank where he lasted 14 years and was in charge as director of the Global Markets Division, Chief Operating Officer for the markets in Asia located in Singapore (2001-2003) and CCO. Furthermore he founded and chaired the GMC (Global Markets Centre) in 2006.
He was chosen by the G8 +5 to direct the TEEB ( The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity) where he dimensioned the problem of worldwide loss of biodiversity, degradation of the ecosystems regarding economic and human wellbeing and the proposed solutions addressed to the responsible politicians, administrators, companies and citizens in particular. As Special Adviser and head of the Initiative for a Green Economy of UNEP he published the final report “For a Green Economy” in February 2011.
Pavan was president of the "Global Agenda Council" of the World Economic Forum for Ecosystems and Biodiversity (2009-2011) and was an orator in Davos in 2010 and 2011. He is a member of the Joined Directives of Conservation International and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. In 2012 he was appointed by the United Nations Program for the Environment as "Goodwill Ambassador".
His work Corporation 2020 proposes topics like responsible advertising, taxation for natural resources, financial leverage and incorporation of externalities with the object of managing the corporations in a participatory, transparent, ethical and responsible way.
Philologist of the Freie University Berlin, specialized in Latin-American Studies.
Communications and social networks coordinator of CEID Colombia
Claudia Martinez is the Director of E3- Ecology, Economics and Ethics. Studied Business Administration at the Los Andes University in Bogotá and holds a Master’s Degree in Development Economics and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University. She has more than 25 years of practical experience in environmental management and has actively participated in major environmental landmarks, including the Rio Conference 1992, the creation of GEF, the conventions on climate change and biodiversity, the Millennium Development Goals in environmental sustainability amongst others. She has been Director of the Office of Sustainable Development and later Vice President for Social and Environmental Development at the Bank for Latin America (CAF), Deputy Minister of Environment of Colombia, and environmental officer for the Latin American Bureau of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in New York. She is a member of the board of Tropenbos International, CIFOR, the Center for International Forestry Research, the Yale environmental leadership council and CATIE, the Center for Research and Learning in Tropical Agriculture. She is a professor at the MBA, and MGA at Los Andes University in Colombia.
Gloria Isabel Triviño Valenzuela
Lawyer from the Universidad Católica de Colombia, with emphasis in civil law from the Faculty of Paris X Nanterre (France) and specialized in environmental law at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogota. She is a consultant in environmental law, regime of emergencies and disasters, communities and social responsibility as well as an active board member of the Colombian Environmental Bar Association since 1985.
Former National Superintendent of Health, she also addressed the legal management of organizations such as the Special Administrative Unit of Civil Aeronautics, the Institute of Urban Development – IDU and the District Institute of Recreation and Sport – IDRD. Triviño Valenzuela is also a university professor and researcher on environmental law and sustainable development. She was also a member of the first team of social auditing for exploitation and production contracts of the National Agency of Hydrocarbons (ANH). She is a certified instructor by the U.S EPA for teaching the program on Principles of Enforcement and Compliance of Environmental Law. Her research work includes: La Conciliación Ambiental en Colombia (The Environmental Conciliation in Colombia), Orden Jurídico de los Humedales a partir de la Convención de Ramsar (Wetlands Legal Order from the Ramsar Convention) and Lineamientos Metodológicos para la Aplicación de la Legislación Ambiental (Methodological Guidelines for the Implementation of Environmental Legislation).
Janeth Patricia Velásquez
Velasquez holds a Law degree from the University La Gran Colombia. She specialized in environmental law at the Universidad del Rosario, and is currently working towards her PhD. in law at the Universidad San Pablo – CEU in Spain. Her scope is given by the management systems (HSEQ) and administrative law, specifically in the areas of environment, health and safety. In these fields she has participated in working groups of the areas of infrastructure, hydrocarbons, agribusiness among others. She is a professor of postgraduate studies at the Universidad Militar and an assistant professor at the Universidad del Rosario. She is also a professor at the University of Boyaca and has actively participated as a teacher in training management systems in various sectors. She is also a tutor of SGS.
Ricardo Botero Villegas
Ricardo holds a law degree from the Universidad Libre de Colombia with emphasis in environmental law from Universidad del Rosario (Colombia). Botero Villegas has more than twenty years of professional experience in areas of commercial, administrative, civil, family, labor and environmental law. He has been teaching commercial and environmental law for over twelve years in different universities such as Universidad del Rosario, Piloto, Central, Cooperativa de Villavicencio and the Universidad de Los Llanos. He is a lecturer in specialized events and seminars and he is also a guideline in processes of strengthening public participation and community consulting. In addition, he is a legal environmental auditor and consultant in the hydrocarbon sector. He was Director of Environmental Studies of the General Comptroller’s Office as well as Delegate for the Environment (2002-2007). He was also legal counsel of the ASOCARS and a legal consultant in the implementation of the Environmental Management System of the ICBF (Colombian Family Welfare Institute).
Manuel Guzman Hennessey
Manuel Guzmán Hennessey is a consultant and annalist on issues of global climate change. He serves as an advisor to governments and organizations and he is a distinguished university professor, writer and contributor for various magazines and news papers. He is also an academic observer of the Conference of the Parts (COP) of the United Nations. Guzmán Hennessey advised the cleaner production program of the Department of Environment and Development of Argentina (2001-2005). He was also founder of the environmental program for plastic and chemical sectors in Colombia and for the Responsible Care program in Canada (Andi, Acoplásticos, CCS, 1991-1996). He has published several books such as: Entre Bali y Copenhague (Universidad del Rosario, 2009), La Generación del Cambio Climático (Universidad Bolivariana de Santiago de Chile, 2009, Universidad del Rosario 2010), Educación para la adaptación (2010), and he is the editor of the series theoretical approaches to climate change (Universidad del Rosario/KLN). Currently Guzmán Hennessey is the General Manager of the KLIMAFORUM LATIONOAMERICA NETWORK – KLN, a lecturer and researcher at the Universidad del Rosario, environmental project evaluator for the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, opinion columnist in the El Tiempo newspaper and a permanent columnist for specialized national and foreign magazines.
Mateo Ledesma Bohorquez
Environmental Engineer from the Universidad El Bosque. Member of Choc Izone Research Group.
Currently, he supports different projects in CEID Colombia, such as the organizing and preparing academic agenda of the Annual International Environmental Congress, follow-up of the international climate change negotiations, among others.
Santiago Briceño is a lawyer from Universidad de Los Andes with a minor in History. During his undergraduate education he carried out studies in international law, comparative law and European Union law at Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France. He specialized in Environmental Law from Universidad Externado de Colombia. He worked as a lawyer at Posse, Herrera & Ruiz Abogados, where he advised different companies in the mining and energy sector in regulatory affairs related to their activities in Colombia. He was also a legal counselor for Ecopetrol S.A. where he advised the Vice President of Production on his operational activities in various regions on Colombia. He participated in the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development where he was involved in setting priorities for the fifth period of provisioning of the Global Environment Facility (GEF – 5). Currently, he is carrying out his master’s degree on environmental policy and regulation in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been involved as a volunteer for CEID- Colombia since 2009.
Nathan is an U.S. attorney specializing in international environmental law, global climate change, sustainable development, and the rule of law. He has worked in a number of countries around the world including, Albania, Jordan, Mongolia, Hungary, and Colombia. He is currently a climate law fellow at the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD) and a staff attorney with the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement. Nathan is also the founder of Valkyrie-Energy, a consulting firm that promotes the development of renewable energy and consults on the expansion of sustainable low carbon energy in emerging markets. He has published a number of articles and papers on near-term climate mitigation, short-lived climate pollutants, the Montreal Protocol, and renewable energy.
Leonie Reins is a German national with legal expertise in environmental and energy law. Leonie is writing her PhD thesis at KU Leuven in Belgium on the coherent regulation of energy and the environment in the EU.
Leonie completed an LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law at KU Leuven and worked there as an assistant to the program’s director, where she conducted research on various topics related to her field of studies including: environmental liability; shale gas regulation in the United States and Europe; ecosystem service functions. Further Leonie worked as a Legal Research at Milieu Ltd., a Brussels- based consultancy on environmental law.
Prior to arriving in Belgium, Leonie was a legal intern at the Environmental Law Center of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Bonn, Germany, where she worked on access and benefit-sharing, protected area legislation and connectivity conservation.
Leonie serves as a focal point of CEID in Europe in order to create synergies with people and institutions in this region.
Carolina García Arbelaez
Carolina García Arbeláez is a bachelor in law with minor studies in French and journalism from Los Andes University. She has worked as a freelance journalist for Abcnews, Univisión, La Silla Vacia, Cromos and the digital magazine Cerosetenta. She was awarded the journalism price Entrégate a Colombia organized by Servientrega in November 2012. She participated in the Inter-American Sustainable Development Law Moot Court Competition that was held in Rio de Janeiro in March 2012 winning the best speaker recognition. The next year she worked as a coach for the team that represented her University in the same Moot Court Competition and achieved the second place. Furthermore, she worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention that took place in Cartagena in October 2011. During her graduate studies she accomplished an exchange program in Strasbourg, France, where she studied one semester of international law at the Robert Schuman University. At the moment she is working for CEID Colombia in the translation from English to Spanish of Pavan Sukhdev’s book Corporation 2020 and in the latest Lester Brown book Full Planet Empty Plates. Additionally she is part of the team that is preparing a public policy document on climate change for the Colombian government in cooperation with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).
Carolina García Arbeláez
Environmental engineer with expertise in the evaluation and structuring of sustainability memories under the GRI G4 methodology and tools allowing to increased environmental and social value with profitable financial margins. With experience in the inclusion of environmental responsibility practices in supply chain, cleaner production, industrial symbiosis, shared value and inclusive business. With experience work with young people and local communities in environmental education processes.