Sonia Medina oversees CIFF’s Climate Change portfolio, which includes our work on Energy, Urbanisation, Land Use and Fluorinated Gases.
Prior to joining CIFF, Sonia acted as Chief Operating Officer of a start-up company with a mission to connect Africa to the green energy economy by developing high-quality biomass supply chains deriving from existing plantations in West Africa.
Previously, Sonia worked at EcoSecurities, one of the largest carbon offset project developers in the world, from its start-up phase through to its acquisition by J.P. Morgan & Chase in early 2010. During a seven year period at EcoSecurities she held the position of US Country Director based out of New York and before that Global Head of Origination managing 20 local teams on five continents.
Prior to joining EcoSecurities, Sonia worked on climate change and energy issues at the United Nations Environment Program in Paris. Sonia holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Madrid, a MSc in Environmental Change and Management (specialisation in Energy and Environmental Economics) from the University of Oxford and an Executive MBA by the London Business School.
In 2009, Sonia was named a World Business Council for Sustainable Development Future Leader; in 2014, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; and in 2015, a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society.
Sonia sits on the Board of C40, a network of megacities committed to tackling climate change and on the Advisory Committee of Circularity Capital, a UK-based specialist fund manager with a mission to support SMEs growth and innovation in the circular economy. Sonia is also a Member of the Global Teacher Prize Academy, an initiative of the Varkey Foundation that seeks to do for education what the Nobel Prize has done for science, literature and peace.