Our team

Ana Lucia Maya-Aguirre. Director and Co-founder. She is a lawyer and specialist in constitutional law of the National University of Colombia, and she holds an LLM in Energy and Environmental Law from Tulane University with the support of the J. William Fulbright scholarship. She is part of the Marine Working Group of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW). She was a visiting scholar of the Environmental Constitutionalism Program at the Global Scholar-in-Residence at Delaware Law School, Widener University. She was a fellow at ELAW. She has been consultant at The Access Initiative of the World Resources Institute, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the Swiss Foundation for Development Cooperation (Swissaid). She worked at the Environment and Society Association of Colombia. She coordinated the Right and Displacement Network, made up of 14 universities in Colombia with programs to address the internally displaced people by the armed conflict, a project implemented by the Latin American Institute for an Alternative Law and Society (ILSA) and supported by UNHCR and the Norwegian Refugee Council. She works on marine and coastal governance, SDG 14, environmental constitutionalism, and climate justice. Contact: anamaya@ceambientales.org

Lina Malagon. Coordinator of the Advocacy Area. She is a human rights lawyer and PhD in International Relations at University of St Andrews, UK. Her career has balanced academic scholarship, with work as a researcher, litigant and developing advocacy in conflict-affected and post-conflict countries. Her knowledge and experience is based on my interdisciplinary academic career and as a practitioner in the field of human rights, transitional justice and environmental peacebuilding and the construction of public policy in Colombia, other Latin American countries, North America and Europe, for more than sixteen years. She was the principal adviser for High Commissioner for the High Commissioner for Victims, Peace and Reconciliation in the Office of the Major of Bogota, Colombia, and Director of International Advocacy at the Colombian NGO, the Colombian Commission of Jurists.

Héctor Herrera. Co-founder and external advisor. Researcher at the Institute for Development Policy at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He studied Law with an Option in Anthropology at the Universidad de los Andes. Master in Public Policy from the National University of Colombia. He was coordinator of the Network for Environmental Justice in Colombia and lawyer of the Inter-American Association for the Defense of the Environment (AIDA) from 2011 to 2016. He has been a consultant and researcher for Indepaz, Oxfam GB and Friends of the Earth in Colombia. He was the Deputy Regional Director for Latin America of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE). His work focuses on climate finance, environmental justice, climate justice, energy justice, water justice, ecosystem protection, fair transitions, environmental participation, ethnic rights, and digital environmental activism.

Gerardo Gentil-Orozco. Researcher and Coordinator of the Constitutional and Environmental Studies Area. Alumni graduated with honors from IDPHU Campestre Bilingüe, Distinguished senior student at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla-Colombia and teaching assistant of the area of ​​public law. He was an intern at the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment, and member of the Environmental Law Clinic of Universidad del Norte, where he stood out for his research work and high impact litigation on national matters. He is currently working on the development of an environmental law manual for non-lawyers and participating in the submission of contributions to bills in the Colombian Congress as well as reports to the United Nations Bodies

Lady Viviana Esteban García. She is a biologist from the National University of Colombia. She holds a master's degree in International Studies in Aquatic Ecology from the Tropics of the University of Bremen in Germany. She was a DAAD Fellow. She has special interest in the studying the biodiversity and governance of coastal ecosystems, territorial planning and public policies. She was a fellow of the Leibniz Institute in Tropical Marine Research and the University of Dar es Salaam to develop her master's thesis in Zanzibar, Tanzania evaluating the reproduction of corals after the coral bleaching event on three islands located in the urban area of ​​Zanzibar. She obtained the diploma in the international postgraduate course in environmental management for developing countries with the support of UNEP, UNESCO and the BMUB of Germany. She worked at the Institute of Urban Studies of the National University coordinating the preparation of the baseline studies for the declaration of the Regional Forest Reserve of the North of Bogotá, Thomas van der Hammen.

Faisury Cardona-Guerrero. Researcher. Agricultural engineer with a master's degree in sustainable development. She has experience in designing and development research projects, and application of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. She has worked on technical assistance to rural communities in climate change adaptation, food sovereignty, agroecology and water resources. She has experience researching on sustainable production systems for soil and water conservation, biophysical characterization of river basins for their integrated management, analysis of climate variability and climate change, and adoption of adaptation practices to climate variability. She was a fellow of the program for young researchers of the Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia (Colciencias). Member of the Research Group on Water Resources Engineering and Soil (IREHISA), Universidad del Valle.

Edier Alexander Buitrago-Hernández. Researcher. Sociologist from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He holds a postgraduate degree as specialist in Digital Journalism at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University. He was a member of the Human Rights Research Group of the Universidad del Rosario and worked as an assistant coordinator in the Project of the Colombian Observatory of Water Governance. He is the author of one of the chapters of the book "Caring for the earth: women, environment and climate change". He worked as a journalist at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University and he was part of the editorial team of the journalism journal of the same university, Expeditio.

Luis Fernando Sánchez PhD. External advisor. Lawyer, magister in law and Phd in law from the National University of Colombia. Professor at the Universidad de la Salle, the Universidad Militar Nueva Granada and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has served as a researcher and consultant on matters related to environmental law, human rights and constitutional law. He is the co-author of several publications, such as "Environmental conflicts: conceptual and methodological elements for their analysis" in Environmental Conflict and Environmental Rights Affectation (Editorial Universidad Nacional de Colombia), and "Constitutional debates in environmental perspective: contributions to recent Court rulings Constitutional "in contemporary environmental debates (Editorial Unijus Universidad Nacional De Colombia)


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