R21 was founded by renowned musician Charly Alberti after realizing the depth of the climate change and the challenges and opportunities this crisis presents for Latin America.
Leveraging on Charly´s ability to reach millions of people, R21 looks to spread the message of the global environmental crisis and its solutions.
The Executive Team gathers a group of dedicated professional leaders. Each of them shares the positive vision of the Founder for a sustainable Latin America. Together, they work with passion to disseminate and educate about the global environmental crisis and help to craft creative solutions.
R21 counts with three Boards of excellence consisting of some of the most prestigious scientists, businesspeople and politicians from Latin America. These professionals provide support and knowledge, helping to design effective strategies.


By educating about global environmental change, and generating mitigation and adaptation programs, we look to contribute to the sustainable development in Latin America. Leading by example, we will materialize an alternative Latin America whose growth goes hand in hand with the protection and revalorization of its natural resources.


We dream of a Latin America that develops by sustainably utilizing both its human and natural wealth, thus becoming an example of conscious growth, social inclusion and environmental protection.

Charly Alberti is the founder and drummer of Soda Stereo, the most famous band in Spanish rock history. Known as 'The Beatles of Latin America', Soda's impact on the Continent's culture runs deep. Indeed, their musical influence led MTV to design a special award just for them, 'MTV Most Important Band of all time in Latin America', given only once.
Besides being a consummate musician, Alberti is also a pioneer in music technology. Through cutting-edge projects during the 90's (; Cybrel Digital Entertainment, URL Magazine) and as the inventor of the Internet Time (the concept of Internet time), Charly was recognized by CNN as one of the ten most important Internet personalities in Latin America. His accomplishments led to Steve Jobs naming him the only Spanish-language Apple Master in the history of Apple Computers.
After a lifetime of achievements, Charly decided to pursue his passion: environmental causes. So in 2008, he joined Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore, in his campaign to raise awareness about global warming. Charly's participation in Gore's 'Climate Project' was key to spread the message in Latin America to millions of people.
After understanding the depth of the global environmental crisis and seeing the challenges and opportunities for Latin America, Charly determined that the region needed solutions tailored to their challenges and possibilities. Thus he launched his own organization, R21, in order to channel Latin America's creativity, passion and vision for the future.
Charly is an unparalleled leader and perfectly suited for this new project, thanks not only to his wide reach but to his vast knowledge about the region, honored after 20 years of touring with Soda Stereo.

With over 20 years of experience, Patricio focuses on improving relations between Latin America and the United States. He has advised public and private sector clients on institutional issues and has facilitated the relationship between investors, multilateral agencies, media and governments throughout the Americas.
Working for Greenberg & Taurig, one of the largest law firms in the U.S., Patricio helped Fortune 500 multinational companies like Microsoft Corp., Viisage Technologies and Cisneros Group of Companies. He served as Consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) based in Washington DC and was Director of Communications of the Organization of American States (OAS) electoral mission in Venezuela.
In 1999 he was officially appointed Vice Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean by Florida's State Department, with the mandate to officially represent the relations between the State of Florida, the U.S. and Latin American region.
Early in his career he received a grant from the State Department for training in intellectual property issues. He was also awarded a scholarship by the International Cooperation Agency to work in Japan, and was selected by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to be part of a study tour in Germany.
Lombardi consults regularly to prestigious international journals to which it provides its analysis of the region. Among them are CNN, Newsweek Magazine, The Washington Post, The National Journal, and The Miami Herald.
Patricia holds a PhD in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Mathematical Ecology and Environment. Her doctoral thesis focused on mathematical models of the epidemiology and control of Chagas disease by applying chaos theory to the dynamics of animal populations. This work earned her an Award of the National Academy of Medicine.
As part of her training she studied and taught graduate courses in Biostatistics at Cornell University, NY, USA. She has worked as a IADB's consultant designing and implementing the National Environmental Information System, which led to her being appointed System Coordinator in the Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina.
At the international level she has been part of the Implementation Unit of the United Nations Bi-national Project for the Protection of the Rio de la Plata (GEF FREPLATA – Argentina/Uruguay).
Patricia has served as a university teacher at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 2004 she became part of Argentina's Academy of Environmental Sciences, being one of its youngest members.
Her achievements include the implementation of information systems for environmental management, the creation of networks of regional, national, provincial and municipal levels, and the development and implementation of various environmental projects.
Gustavo is one of the pioneers of Internet in Latin America and one of the most innovative members of its technological industry. He conducted the first radio live broadcast over the Internet in Latin America in 1996 for Rock & Pop radio, the live video Webcast of the farewell concert of Soda Stereo in 1997 (world record audience for several years) and was co-founder, together with Charly Alberti , of Cybrel Digital Entertainment.
He currently manages the technology aspects of, a company dedicated to optimize management and improve the links between people and processes in different corporations. He recently launched a venture in the tourism sector of Capilla del Monte, Córdoba, Argentina. He is an active participant in the creation and improvement of new tools that use cutting-edge technologies such as Augmented Reality, Identity and Recognition Geolocation.
Ezequiel Ezcurra
Agronomist at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and a PhD in Ecological Sciences at the University College of Wales, Britain. He currently serves as Director of the Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC Mexus) at the University of California, and Professor in the Ecology Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, working in conservation, ecology and biogeography of coastal deserts, land interactions of ocean and its impact on marine and terrestrial environments, the application of mathematical models in ecology and conservation and management of natural resources in areas of traditional use conditions.
Previously he served as Director of the Center for Biodiversity Research of California's Natural History Museum of San Diego, and Director of the National Ecology Institute of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) of Mexico, and as a researcher at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He continues to act as consultant to the Museum's scientific staff and is part of the Research Committee and the Binational Executive Committee of the Museum.
Exequiel focused for several years on building partnerships to enhance scientific cooperation along the Mexican-American border, resulting in several programs for the recovery of transborder species at risk and publishing several books describing the particular ecology of the Baja California /Southern California region.
For his work promoting conservation in Mexico he was awarded the 'Julian Hayden' by the Alliance of Sonora, Recognition by PRONATURA Conservation and the Biological Conservation Award of the International Society for Conservation Biology.
He has lectured at several universities in Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay. A prolific writer, Exequiel has published over fifty research articles in international journals, fourteen book chapters and two books on the ecology of the Basin of Mexico and a large number of essays and articles for newspapers and popular magazines.
Roberto Acosta
Chemical Engineer and Doctor of Technical Sciences (Ph.D).
He worked in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat, as Coordinator of the Adaptation, Technology and Science Program in the last four years.
Principal author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), having been coordinating lead author in the second report on the contribution of adaptation.
Ana Rosa Moreno
Degree in Biology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), earned a Master of Science in Human Ecology at the School of Public Health, University of Texas. Also offers postgraduate courses in England, Italy and Brazil in universities and research centers with worldwide recognition.
Since 1995 Ana Rosa was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) United Nations.
She currently serves as consultant on climate change, public health, risk communication and environmental health working for various UN agencies and other prestigious international organizations. She has directed environmental and health projects for North American and European agencies, such as Environmental Information Cooperative for the World Bank in 2000.
She is the author of several national and international publications, and stands as a leading authority on Latin American Chapter of the Fourth Assessment Report of IPCC, co-author of Chapter Challenges and Opportunities Report and the GEO-4 GEO-Health Programme (UNEP) and author of two chapters of the GEO-5. He has published several studies on climate change and health, particularly in Latin America.
She has been Secretary of the Association of Biologists of Mexico and is currently a member of the International Association for Ecology and Health, International Network on Gender, Health and Environment, America's Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance and Who's Who International. Ana Rosa also has great career in the public sector, academia and international organizations.
Currently a member of the Mexican Society of Public Health, and professor in the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM).
Cristina Tirado
Veterinary Medicine at Universidad de Zaragosa, Master and Doctor of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (Cornell University, USA).
She prepared the report on the consequences of global climate change may have on food safety from the Rome office of the World Health Organization (WHO)
She currently works as researcher and associate professor at the School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, focusing on adaptation strategies for health, water, food security and nutrition in relation to climate change, development Nutrition indicators for climate change adaptation assessments and risk-benefit analysis.
She has participated in international research and policy work for the United Nations, International Organizations and Non Governmental Organizations, and Universities in countries in Europe, Central Asia, North Africa, Middle East, South Asia and America. She has helped to assist governments in more than 70 countries in the development of food security and nutrition, emergency preparedness and response plans and the establishment of institutional and legal frameworks for biosafety.
Previously she served as Coordinator of the WHO Surveillance for foodborne diseases in Europe at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment -FAO / WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Food Hygiene and Zoonoses, Berlin, Germany, and as Advisor WHO Regional Office for Europe of the European Center for Environment and Health (Rome, Italy).
She is a contributing author of the Health chapter of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and developed the main policy documents for the High-Level FAO on Climate Change, Food Security and Bioenergy.
Alicia Villamizar
Master in Biology from Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB) of Venezuela.
She currently serves as Director of the Institute of Natural Resources at USB, Multidisciplinary Group Coordinator in Environmental Projects and is responsible for the scientific aspect of the Land Use issue.
Involved in several research projects on issues of environmental risks, analysis of legislation of coastal environments in Latin America, Vulnerability of the Venezuelan coast to increased sea level. Also involved in training for domestic solid waste management and reducing vulnerability to local communities.
Alicia is Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1998.
She has worked as a researcher on issues of environmental impact, ecology of mangroves and coastal wetlands, geographical history of landscapes and climate change (impacts, vulnerability and adaptation). As a consultant she has conducted several environmental assessments in Guatemala, and Panama, and projects related to British Petroleum, and Government Agencies for Environment, Science and Technology. She has also served as technical advisor on the project for the Integration of Climate Change Adaptation for Project Formulation for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Division of Biological Sciences at USB and Founding Member of the Academic Committee of the Commonwealth Lecture on Climate Change.
Author of several publications including work focused on climate change and poverty, as well as impact, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, with special emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean.
She has received several distinctions in her career, such as the Teacher Award 2000 Meritorious CONABA and Conservation Prize The Golden Palm 2010.
Rodolfo Dirzo
Biologist at the Universidad de Morelos, Mexico, and PhD in Ecology at the University of Wales, Britain. He has served as professor and researcher at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), and Director of the Department of Evolutionary Ecology, and Director of the Research Station of Los Tuxtlas.
He is currently Professor in the Department of Biology at Stanford University and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies of the University. Committed to teaching undergraduate and graduate levels in both the United States and Latin America, he is also dedicated to teaching science to children and the general public through the educational program 'Ecology: learning by doing', both in California and in Yucatan.
His scientific work focuses on the study of ecological and evolutionary relationships between plants and animals and the impact of human activities on natural ecosystems and the consequences of these impacts for society in general.
His most recent work includes a publication on the overall magnitude of the extinction of animals, its effects on plant diversity, and on the risk of human diseases. Most of his work is carried out in tropical ecosystems in Latin America, especially Mexico, and more recently in Africa.
He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the California Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the Merit Prize in Ecology by the President of Mexico.
Victoria Lichtschein
Degree in Biological Sciences at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). She has worked as a researcher at the Center for Research in Marine Biology (CIBIMA-CONICET) and at the National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP).
In recent years she was Director of Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Coordinator of the State Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development, serving currently as an advisor in biodiversity matters for the institution.
She has taught several courses in Management, Conservation and Control of Species in International Trade in the Master of the same name of the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, Spain.
She has published numerous scientific papers on benthic communities, and population dynamics of penguins and marine mammals (right whale and dolphins).
She has participated as a member of the Argentine Delegation to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio 92), the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD, Johannesburg, 2002), in several of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs) of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Whaling Commission. She has also served as Head of Delegation at several Conferences of the Parties and to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and was appointed Regional Representative for South America, Central and Caribbean the Standing Committee of CITES.
She has recently been honored as Academic of the Academy of Environmental Sciences of Argentina.
Ricardo Villalba
Forestry Engineer of Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Master in Forest Photo Interpretation at the Interamerican Center of Photo Interpretation, Colombia and PhD in Geography at the University of Colorado, USA. He has performed post-doctoral studies at the Tree-Ring Laboratory, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York, United States, where he served as adjunct associate researcher.
He currently serves as Director of the Argentine Institute of Snow Research, Glaciology and Environmental Sciences (IANIGLA) in Mendoza, and he is a Principal Researcher of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET).
His areas of work are climate change based on dendrochronology, environmental history, paleoclimatology, Andean ecology and water resources.
He teaches at the Faculty of Forest Sciences, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia. He has taught courses in biochemistry at the Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Neuquen, in the Scientific-Technological Center of Mendoza, Argentina, the International University of Andalucía, Spain, at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia, the Universidad Austral de Chile, and Universidad de Concepción, Chile.
Guest author for the preparation of the Fourth Document of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC.
On several occasions he received internal grants from IANIGLA, external grants from the Dutch government, the Argentina-American Fulbright Commission, the U.S. space agency (NASA), and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. He has received grants from the National Forestry Institute, CONICET, Antorchas Foundation and the National Agency for the Promotion of Science and Technology of Argentina (ANPCyT), the FONDECYT of Chile, of the Graduate School and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; of University of Colorado, the National Geographic Society U.S.,and the American Institute for the Study of Global Change (IAI).
He has made more than 210 scientific presentations in Argentina, United States, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Chile, China, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay and New Zealand. He is the author of 160 scientific papers published in national and international books and journals.
Juan Armesto
Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology, at the Universidad de Chile and Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Physiology at Rutgers University, USA.
Currently he is Alternate Director of the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) and Research Associate of the Institute of Ecosystem Studies, New York, USA. He also serves as President of the Fundación Senda Darwin in Chile, and as Professor at the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad Católica Pontificia de Chile.
He has been awarded the Cultural Prize Angel Faivovich, the Latin American Award in Science and Technology 'Manuel Noriega Morales' from the Organization of American States, the Mercer Award of the Ecological Society of America, USA, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship , USA, and the Presidential Chair in Science Award.
His main interests include forest ecology, conservation of biodiversity in forests, nutrient cycling in mature forests, mutualistic interactions between plants and animals, climate change and ecosystems.
His current research addresses the challenge of achieving biocultural conservation and provide practical guidelines for sustainable management of ecosystems in the temperate forests of South America, including long-term field experiments on the effects of climate change, mutualistic interactions between plants and animals and their relationships with seed dispersal and pollination in the rural environment; the comparison of soil processes in managed and non-managed forests; the analysis of forest dynamics at different temporal and spatial scales, and the effective translation of science in politics.
As a result of his research work he has Publisher hundreds of papers in national and internacional journals.
Jaime Cantera Kintz
Biólogo de la Universidad del Valle de Colombia, y Doctor en Oceanología de la Universite D'Aix-Marseille II, Francia; con un postdoctorado en el Centro de Oceanología y la Estación Mariona de Endoume de Marsella, Francia.
Actualmente se desempeña como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales de la Universidad del Valle; y con anterioridad como Vice-decano de Investigaciones, Director de Programas de Postgrados, y Jefe del Departamento de Biología. En 1991 fue nombrado 'Profesor emérito' de la Universidad del Valle por su trabajo en invertebrados marinos y ecosistemas marinos como estuarios, manglares y arrecifes coralinos.
Ha dirigido y dirige varios grupos de investigación en temas de biodiversidad marina, áreas protegidas, ecosistemas costeros, fenómeno del Niño, arrecifes coralinos, manglares, estuarios, entre otros temas; y cuenta con cientos de publicaciones en estos temas.
Es Miembro de la Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales y ha recibido importantes premios por su labor como ecólogo.
Su trabajo como Coordinador Internacional del Proyecto Binacional (Argentina-Uruguay) de Naciones Unidas para la Protección Ambiental del Río de la Plata y su Frente Marítimo (FREPLATA) dejó importantes productos tales como el Análisis Diagnóstico Transfronterizo de dicho estuario.
Eduardo Calvo Buendía
Químico y Master en Ciencias Ambientales de la Universidad Comenius, Checoslovaquia; y Doctor en Economía en la Universidad de Nitra, Eslovaquia. Actualmente es miembro de la Junta Directiva del IPCC y Vicepresidente del grupo de Trabajo III del Panel Intergubernamental de Cambio Climático y trabaja en temas de cambio climático desde 1996. Es Asesor de la Dirección General de Medio Ambiente del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Perú. Es Profesor Asociado de la Facultad de Química e Ingeniería Química de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marco, Perú. Ha sido Director de Conservación Internacional-Perú; asesor en temas ambientales de los Ministerios de Agricultura del Perú y Vivienda; consultor del Banco Mundial, del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, de la Secretaría de la Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas sobre Cambio Climático y de la FAO, entre otros. En múltiples ocasiones desde 1997 ha sido negociador por el Perú, la más reciente en la XV Conferencia de las Partes en Copenhague, Dinamarca. Ha coordinado la preparación parcial del Inventario de Gases de Efecto Invernadero de la Primera Comunicación Nacional del Perú sobre Cambio Climático y ha sido revisor del mismo Inventario de la Segunda Comunicación Nacional del Perú. Es miembro del Consejo Directivo de la Sociedad Química del Perú y de la Academia Peruana de Salud.
Walter Baethgen
Ingeniero Agrónomo de la Universidad de la República, Uruguay; Master y Doctor en Ciencias Ambientales de Plantas y Suelos (Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia).
Actualmente se desempeña como Director del Programa Regional para América Latina y el Caribe del IRI (International Research Institute for Climate and Society) de la Universidad de Columbia, Nueva York, EEUU. En el IRI Baethgen ha venido estableciendo programas regionales de investigación, educación y entrenamiento orientados a mejorar la evaluación y la gestión de riesgos climáticos en la producción agropecuaria, los recursos hídricos, la salud humana y los desastres. Desde 2010 ha actuado como Lead Scholar del programa NEXUS de la Fundación Fulbright que procura acercar a la comunidad científica con la comunidad encargada de elaborar políticas públicas.
Antes de incorporarse al IRI Baethgen fue Científico Principal de la División de Investigación y Desarrollo del IFDC (International Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development Center, Alabama), trabajando en Sistemas de Información y Soporte para la Toma de Decisiones para la agricultura y la forestación, y estableciendo proyectos en América Latina, Norte de África y Cercano Oriente.
Baethgen ha sido tutor de varios postdoctorados (Universidad de Columbia), y ha formado parte de comités de doctorado, maestría y de grado en la Universidad de la República (Uruguay), en la Universidad de Columbia (Nueva York), y en la Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Se ha desempeñado como consultor en proyectos de investigación y desarrollo para NASA, BID, Banco Mundial, PNUD, ONUDI, FAO, IAEA, IICA, y para los gobiernos de Brasil, Paraguay, Guatemala y Uruguay. También ha actuado como asesor para empresas del sector privado de Argentina, Uruguay y Venezuela. Integra o ha integrado varios comités científicos internacionales incluyendo el CGIAR, IAI, IGBP, NSF, OMM, y el CIIFEN. Ha actuado como revisor de varios programas Internacionales (IAI, NOAA, NASA, Gobierno de Alemania, Gobierno de Noruega).
Fue autor principal en el segundo y tercer informe del Panel Intergubernamental para el Cambio Climático (IPCC), y autor contribuyente para el cuarto informe; actuando también como Editor del informe especial del IPCC sobre Transferencia Tecnológica.
En 2010 recibió el premio Morsoli de Oro por su trabajo realizado en América Latina.
Pablo Canziani
Licenciado y Doctor en Ciencias Físicas de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, especializado en física de la atmósfera.
Científico visitante en la Universidad de Washington (1992-1994) como integrante del equipo Científico de la Misión Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite de la NASA. Ha integrado, o colaborado, con equipos científicos de diversas misiones satelitales internacionales para la observación de la Atmósfera.
Autor de más de 60 trabajos nacionales e internacionales con referato. Integrante de la Carrera de Investigador Científico del CONICET. Se ha desempeñado como Profesor Adjunto en la Universidad Nacional de La Plata y de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional. Actualmente es Profesor e Investigador la Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina y Director del Equipo Interdisciplinario para el Estudio de Procesos Atmosféricos en el Cambio Glotal (PEPACG). Ha participado activamente en la formación de profesionales científicos en el tema de la atmósfera. Integrante de comités internacionales sobre atmósfera y clima, ha dirigido varios trabajos de tesis doctoral.
Ha participado como co-autor en varios informes internacionales de las Naciones Unidas sobre el estado de la capa de ozono así como en las actividades del Panel Intergubernamental Sobre Cambio Climático, IPCC, integrando el equipo científico galardonado con el Premio Nobel de la Paz 2007. Ha recibido en varias oportunidades distinciones a su labor profesional, entre ellas la Medalla de Plata del Pontificado, Diplomas de Reconocimiento de la NASA y el Diploma de Honor de la Comisión de Cultura del Honorable Cámara de Senadores de la Nación, entre otros.
Responsable del Área de Ambiente de la Red Nacional de Laicos, Conferencia Episcopal Argentina. Observador de la Santa Sede en reuniones de la Convención de Naciones Unidas Lucha contra la Desertificación y miembro del Consejo de Notables del Consejo Superior de Educación Católica.
Adriana Pagani
Doctora en Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad del Salvador. Especialista en Estrategia Económica Internacional de la Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, y en Comunicación Institucional de la Universidad Austral.
Actualmente se desempeña como Colaboradora de la Dirección Ejecutiva en proyectos del área de Relaciones Internacionales del Capítulo Argentino del Club de Roma, y como Investigadora en la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) en temas de Gobernabilidad, Seguridad y Medioambiente.
Como parte de su actividad académica ha coordinado varias tesis en la Maestría en Negocios Internacionales de la Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales (UCES), es Profesora del módulo Jean Monnet de la Universidad Católica de Montevideo; y Profesora de la Maestría en Derecho de las Relaciones Internacionales y de la Integración de la Universidad de la Empresa de Uruguay.
Como resultado de su experiencia en la materia cuenta con varias publicaciones en Argentina y en el exterior, en especial en temas de integración regional.
Roy Garcia
Pedro Tarak
Dra. Yolanda Ortiz
Yolanda Ortíz nació en San Miguel de Tucumán lugar donde vivió hasta su partida a Buenos Aires a la edad de 18 años.
Yolanda comenzó sus estudios de Química en la Universidad de Buenos Aires, así como también estudios de francés que luego le permitirán ganar una beca a Francia que cambiaría su vida.
En sus años de estudiante universitaria fue ferviente militante política, primero en la Acción Católica en donde destacó por su vocación de servicio. Luego milita en la Democracia Cristiana. Se destaca que sus actividades y estudios no eran lo común para una mujer en su época, lo cual la coloca en la avanzada de las reivindicaciones del género.
En el año 1967-1968 realiza estudios de contaminación y toxicología industrial en el laboratorio Central de Paris, ese mismo año viaja a Estados Unidos a realizar estudios de Medio Ambiente en Institutos Oficiales de New York, Nueva Yersey, Cincinnatti, Pittsburg y Los Angeles dependientes del Departament Of Health Welfare.
En el año 1969 desarrolla estudios de contaminación por residuos de pesticidas en el Departamento de Medicina de la Universidad Hebrea de Jerusalén.
En 1973 el presidente de la Nación Juan Domingo Perón, la convoca para ocupar el cargo de Primera Secretaria de Estado de Recursos Naturales y Ambiente Humano de la Nación. Perón deseaba ese cargo del Gabinete Nacional para una mujer y Yolanda cumplía con todos los atributos profesionales y políticos requeridos.
Iniciadora de la temática ambiental en el ámbito estatal, su área de gestión comprendía las Subsecretarias de Recursos Hídricos, Recursos Naturales Renovables y Minería y, durante su mandato se crea la Subsecretaria de Ambiente Humano, con lo cual esa Secretaria de Estado constituyó el primer organismo ambiental con enfoque integral de Latinoamérica.
Desde la Presidencia de la Asociación CAMBIAR y como Profesional se ha desempeñado hasta la fecha al servicio de la comunidad como asesora científica, política y técnica.
Ha luchado incansablemente en pos de la mitigación de la pobreza y en la ubicación de la temática ambiental no como un problema mas sino como “el problema”.
Su eje de lucha es la capacitación y la educación como herramienta en la comprensión de la verdadera revolución mental de los hombres, especialmente en los dirigentes, en una modificación de las estructuras sociales y productivas.
Actualmente es asesora ad honorem de la Secretaria de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable en la temática de los ecosistemas de montaña, del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores Comercio Internacional y Culto en la Dirección de Asuntos Ambientales y del Consejo Federal de Medio Ambiente.