Miriam is an environmental economist with a PhD in Energy Planning. She has 22 years experience in the field of sustainable development that includes research, elegant leadership, strategic planning and project management.
Her work covers research and policy advice on energy, development and climate change interactions. Her expertise includes mitigation policy analysis, institutional development, market and economic instruments and capacity building in the area of low carbon development and climate change mitigation.
Until January 2019, she served as Head of the Low Carbon Development (LCD) Programme at UNEP DTU where she was responsible for planning and implementing the Programme’s activities, which includes managing a team of 20 talented and high profile professionals. She led the LCD’s work rooting the Programme in three broad complementary areas: low carbon strategies and actions, MRV systems for transparency and finance, all facilitating the transition towards low carbon development.
Together with her leadership role, she has gained substantive field experience from managing multi-country, multimillion projects devoted to support developing country Parties to implement UNFCCC’s decisions to address climate change mitigation. She has conceptualized and, authored numerous publications and knowledge tools as support for better understanding of concepts, rules, mechanisms and instruments as knowledge support to capacity building projects and activities.
Before joining the organization in 2003, Miriam worked at the University of São Paulo as researcher on energy and climate change in the Brazilian energy sector. She has also pioneered applied research in the field of energy and climate change mitigation options for Latin America, looking at socio-economic impacts of emerging regulatory and market based instruments to mitigate climate change in the region. In addition, Miriam is currently supervising PhD research projects on institutional development and South-South cooperation in Latin America.
Miriam is a peer reviewer for Energy & Environment (multi-science) and Climate and Development.