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Paula Caballero

Former Senior Director, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice

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Paula Caballero was Senior Director of the World Bank Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice between July 2014 and August 2016. Prior to joining the Bank, she was the Director for Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia. In this role, she managed the team responsible for formulating foreign policy on a broad range of sustainable development issues including climate change, biodiversity, land degradation, fisheries, agriculture and transboundary systems, working closely with a wide array of national and international counterparts. She was a leading voice and negotiator in international fora, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Post 2015 framework. She was awarded a Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2014 for her contribution to “environmental action leading to positive change.” Earlier in her career, she served with the Energy and Environment Unit for Latin America & Caribbean at UNDP. She was also Assistant Executive Director for the Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea (ACOPS), and has worked with academia, media, and the private sector.

A Colombian national, Paula has a Master’s in International Relations (Transboundary Water Management) from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a B.A. Magna cum Laude, from Brown University.