Alicia holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences with a focus on Public Consultation in Conservation, a M.Sc. Degree in Ecotourism and a Bachelor degree in Biology with focus on ecology. Alicia is an accomplished conservation professional who has more than 20 years of diverse experience on the implementation and evaluation of programs and projects related to stakeholder engagement/ community participation, community consultation, physical and economic resettlement, protected areas, public perceptions, monitoring of biodiversity and ecotourism. She has worked in the U.S., Canada and in 11 Latin American countries. She is native Spanish speaker and fluent in English. Alicia has worked with government agencies, project developers, financial institutions, indigenous groups, local communities and NGOs. As a Senior Environmental and Social Specialist, Alicia has experience in analyzing the compliance of more than thirteen private sector development projects in the Americas with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability, the World Bank Group EHS Guidelines, the IDB’s Environmental and Social Safeguards Compliance Policy, and the Equator Principles. Alicia has worked on projects in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela. Her specific areas of technical expertise include assessing and managing social and environmental risks and impacts of large-scale infrastructure projects in various sectors including mining, renewable energy (hydroelectric, solar, and wind), thermal power, agribusiness, international automobile, oil and gas and litigation).
Prior to relocating to the Washington DC area, she was the country director for the Peruvian Andes Biodiversity Program at the Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability of the Smithsonian Institution, where she led the team that designed monitoring protocols for sensitive species and 14 priority habitats based on the development of scientific questions and tangible goals related with the identification of potential environmental impacts of a 250 mile- long pipeline.