CSDA Staff


Christiana Figueres, 
Executive Director
Meli Figueres, 
Chief Operating Officer
Kristel Doriol, 
Program Director
Andrea Dopazo, 
Executive Assistant


Christiana Figueres, Executive Director

Christiana Figueres is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Development in the Americas.  Since founding the CSDA in October 1994, Ms. Figueres has been very active in global environmental activities relating to Latin America.  A frequent panelist in international fora and published author on the subject, Ms. Figueres is supporting the efforts to develop  in-country capacity to cooperatively mitigate global climate change in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Nicaragua, Chile,  Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia.  Since 1995 she has been an official negotiator of the  UN Framework Convention on climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.   In recognition of her international leadership, the National Geographic and the Ford Motor Company named her "Hero for the Planet" in March, 2001.

Formerly Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Region for the United States Export Council on Renewable Energy and Senior Counsel at the Hawthorn Group, Ms. Figueres has over twenty years experience in the Costa Rican government, the United Nations Development Programme, and as an independent consultant in organizational development.   A native of Costa Rica, Ms. Figueres has a Bachelors Degree from Swarthmore College and a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics.

Meli Figueres, Chief Operating Officer 

Mrs. Figueres has been very active in promoting environmental programs, and environmentally sustainable investments in Latin America.  Prior to CSDA, Ms. Figueres worked for seven years at Grupo Agroindustrial San Cristobal and then as a General Manger of Western Union Costa Rica.  Ms. Figueres holds a Masters degree in International Business from the Royal Holloway School at the University of London, and a Bachelors degree from Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología.  

Kristel Dorion, Program Director

Kristel Dorion joined CSDA in September 2002.  As Program Director she is involved in the implementation of carbon baseline, monitoring and verification and emission reduction quantification projects in Central America.  Prior to joining CSDA, Ms. Dorion worked as a renewable energy project developer in Guatemala and as a consultant in several Global Climate Change projects.  She was a founding member of the Renewable Energy Association and was on the Board of Directors of the National Power Generator's Association in Guatemala.  She has worked in Monitoring and Verification projects of emission reductions in Central America and has served as a link between project developers and carbon credit buyers.  Ms. Dorion also designed and managed directs-use projects using geothermal heat sources in Guatemala.  She has also worked in business development and environmental consulting fields. She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Oregon Graduate Institute and a Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences and Portuguese from Dartmouth College.  As a native Guatemalan, Ms. Dorion is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Andrea Dopazo, Executive Assistant 

Andrea Dopazo joined the Center for the Sustainable Development of the Americas in June of 2002, first as an intern, and currently as Executive Assistant.  Ms. Dopazo’s past working experiences include the preparation and direction of a workshop in Intellectual Property for Diaz Duran y Asociados. She studied Political Science and International Relations in Fco. Marroquin University, Guatemala, and is a current student in American University’s School of International Service.