María Mendiluce

Managing Director, Climate & Energy, Cities & Mobility and Circular Economy

Dr. María Mendiluce has over 20 years’ experience in sustainable energy and climate action. In 2008, she initiated the expansion of WBCSD’s Climate and Energy work, guiding over 200 member companies to influence the global climate landscape. As part of this, María led the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative, one of the flagship business projects that led to the success of COP21. Over the last four years, she has driven the work behind WBCSD’s programs on circular economy, transforming urban mobility and the Leading Women Awards across leading multinational corporations. She has also been instrumental in bringing together the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, which pledges USD $1.5 billion to address plastic in the ocean. Prior to working at WBCSD, María held roles at the International Energy Agency (Paris), Iberdrola and the Economic Bureau of the Spanish Prime Minister (Spain). María has a PhD in energy economics and regularly teaches at different Universities and publishes in academic journals and media.

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