Leyla Zelaya

El Salvador |  National Coordinator, CityAdapt San Salvador


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Leyla Zelaya is the national coordinator of the United Nations Environment Program’s CityAdapt project in San Salvador. She earned her degree in chemical engineering from the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas in El Salvador. She holds a master’s degree in natural resource and environmental management from Universidad de Los Andes (Mérida, Venezuela), and has completed studies in economics, environment, and society at FLACSO (Argentina) and in climate change at Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico).

Zelaya has 30 years of experience in environmental issues and 15 years of experience in the development of strategic instruments and regional coordination of environmental issues and social and economic development. She also has experience in monitoring multilateral environmental agreements, specifically those related to management of chemicals. She is a specialist in the formulation, management, coordination, execution, and evaluation of environmental and regional policies, programs, and projects and in the development of training courses on environmental issues for different actors at the regional, national, and local levels.

Zelaya has been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation, the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the Danish Association for International Cooperation, among others. She has worked in regional organizations such as the Central American Commission for Environment and Development of the Central American Integration System and the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation. Zelaya is also a university professor.

Zelaya was an event speaker at the Dialogue.

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