Alvaro Rojas Ferreira

Alvaro Rojas Ferreira

Project Manager

MSc, Natural Resources Management and Development, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany
BE, Civil Engineering, Los Andes University, Columbia
BE, Industrial Engineering, Los Andes University, Columbia

Alvaro is a Project Manager at UNU-EHS.

Alvaro holds a MSc in Natural Resources Management from the TH Cologne and two engineering degrees from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. He has experience supporting project implementation and evaluation in the fields of GHG mitigation and climate risk management with ICLEI and GIZ, respectively. As part of interdisciplinary and multicultural teams, he has worked in project coordination including monitoring systems, stakeholder engagement, capacity building through workshops and online tools, and ensuring appropriate reporting and documentation. Alvaro is particularly interested in how to integrate different types of adaptation measures to increase the benefits of the investments at the lowest financial, social and ecological costs.

Alvaro works on innovative climate risk assessment, assessing economic, non-economic, and macroeconomic impacts of extreme events. He also engages in international climate negotiations, following and contributing to discussions on adaptation, loss and damage, and climate finance. His other tasks include outreach and acquisition, supporting the climate analytics team’s outreach strategy, and facilitating the acquisition of new projects.

Alvaro has an academic background in financial risk management from his bachelor studies which he contrasts with his knowledge in sustainability. In his current role as part of the Economics of Climate Adaptation Studies project, he is involved in activities that aim at balancing economic costs with the social priorities of different groups, to identify the optimal measures for climate risk adaptation in the case study regions. His tasks are related to stakeholder engagement, data collection and analysis, and reporting and documentation.