Carolina Aguirre Echeverri
Senior Policy Associate
Carolina joined CCAP in February 2018 as a senior policy associate. She is a climate finance expert with extensive experience advising governments and stakeholders in Latin America. As a climate finance advisor to the Peruvian government, she was a part of the Peruvian climate finance team for the UNFCCC 2014 negotiations, and an advisor to the Deputy Minister of Environment in his role as GCF Co-Chair in 2014 and 2015. She focused primarily on the design of the Fund’s accreditation and investment frameworks, and the process to approve the Fund’s first batch of funding proposals. Later, Carolina also supported the Colombian Ministry of Environment in structuring its GCF project pipeline, and designing projects to access various climate finance sources, including a GCF proposal to finance a Forestry NAMA. More recently, she worked with the government of El Salvador, advising national entities in their GCF accreditation process, including compliance with fiduciary standards, transparency requirements, and environmental and social safeguards policies. She has also advised non-profits such as Rare on climate finance access and strategy design.
In the past, Carolina worked as a Policy Specialist for The Nature Conservancy in Colombia and as an advisor at the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she was a part of the team leading the SDGs proposal adopted at Rio+20. She started her career as an environmental attorney in a private firm. She holds a J.D. from EAFIT University in Colombia, and a Masters of Arts in Environmental Policy and Development Economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.