Christiana Figueres Figueres is a diplomat and served as executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010 to 2016. She has served as director of international cooperation for the Ministry of Planning; chief of staff to the minister of Agriculture; and director of the Technical Secretariat of the Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) program of the OAS. Figueres founded the Center for Sustainable Development in the Americas, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the participation of Latin American countries in the Climate Change Convention. Figueres has represented Costa Rica as a negotiator of the UN Convention on Climate Change and has provided critical international strategy for achieving developing country support and approval of the Kyoto Protocol and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).