Our team

Ana Lucia Maya-Aguirre. Director. 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 the Regional Director for Latin America of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE). She is a member of the IUCN WCEL Group of Specialists in Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs. 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 of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW). She was a consultant at The Access Initiative of the World Resources Institute and the Swiss Foundation for Development Cooperation (Swissaid). She coordinated the Right and Displacement Network, made up of 14 universities in Colombia with programs to address the population displaced by violence, a project implemented by the Latin American Institute for an Alternative Law and Society (ILSA) and supported by UNHCR and the Norwegian Refugee Council . Contact: anamaya@ceambientales.org

Héctor Herrera. Deputy Director. Coordinator of the Research and Public Policy Area. Lawyer with an Anthropology option from the Universidad de los Andes and a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He took courses in law and environmental culture at the Central European University, Hungary. He worked as a legal advisor for the Inter-American Association for the Defense of the Environment (AIDA) and as coordinator of the Environmental Justice Network in Colombia. He has organized more than 40 environmental education talks and workshops. He has been a consultant for Indepaz, Oxfam GB and Friends of the Earth in Colombia in issues such as environmental justice, climate, water issues, ecosystem protection, fair transitions, environmental participation and ethnic rights. He was a professor at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda in qualitative and quantitative research. He is Regional Assistant Director for Latin America of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE in English).

Lina Malagon. Coordinator of the Environmental Peace-building 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.

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 currently works as a journalist at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University and is part of the editorial team of the journalism journal of the same university, Expeditio.


Luis Fernando Sánchez Lawyer, LLM and candidate to a PhD in law at the National University of Colombia. Professor at the Universidad de la Salle and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has worked as a researcher and consultant in matters related to environmental law, human rights and constitutional law. He is co-author of several publications, such as "Environmental Conflicts: Conceptual and Methodological Elements for Analysis" in Environmental Conflict and Affectation to Environmental Rights (Editorial Universidad Nacional de Colombia), and "Constitutional Debates in Perspective of Environment: Contributions to Recent Judicial Decissions of the Constitutional Court "in Contemporary Environmental Debates (Editorial Universidad Nacional de Colombia).