Luisa Fernanda Neira started working for the Organization of American States in 2005 at the Competitiveness Capacity Building Initiative (CCBI), a pilot project that supports the formulation and design of specific projects in institutional modernization and improved competitiveness through the provision of advisory services and technical assistance. While in the CCBI, Ms. Neira supported the implementation of four projects in Colombia through the creation and conformation of Public-Private-Academic Partnerships and technical training programs which were presented for funding to diverse international cooperation agencies.
On February 2008, she joined a working team at the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) to implement the $6M Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network Project (IABIN) funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The goal of this 5-year project was to provide a mechanism in the Americas to standardize and exchange information relevant to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, thus promoting and facilitating technical and scientific cooperation to facilitating the fulfillment of the mandate of the Clearing-House Mechanism of the Convention on Biological Diversity. She is currently working on the DSD Sustainable Cities initiative in the framework of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas where a small grants program will be implemented with NGOs in Central America and the Caribbean to strengthen sustainable community development under four pillars: clean energy and energy efficiency, resilience to natural disasters, waste and water resource management and sustainable transport solutions. Ms Neira also supports the DSD’s work in environmental economics and environmental services.
Ms. Neira is originally from Bogotá, Colombia. She holds a bachelor degree in Applied Economics and International Studies from The College of St. Scholastica and a Master’s degree in Development Management focusing in Project Management
from the School of International Service of American University. Currently she is pursuing a certificate in Integrated Water Resource Management at the United Nations University/ Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean.