María Adelaida is a biologist with a MSc in Environmental Economics and Natural Resources, and PhD in Economic Sciences. She has extensive experience in the design of policies, plans, and economic and financial instruments for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. She has worked for the Ministry of the Environment in Colombia, for international cooperation organizations like GIZ and USAID, and in academia. She has lent her expertise while consulting for research institutions, conservation funds, NGOs and IADB. Currently, María Adelaida coordinates the development of plans and strategies for low-emissions rural development in Colombia, with public and private actors at the jurisdictional level.