Prior to joining RARE as Managing Director for Climate and Water, Paula Caballero was Global Director of the Climate Program of the World Resources Institute where she led the launch of the NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) Partnership, efforts to ratchet up climate ambition, and work on long-term climate strategies. Earlier, she was Senior Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice of the World Bank Group where she oversaw a portfolio of over USD 7 billion that covered core development issues related to productive landscapes and forests, fisheries and aquaculture, pollution and environmental health, environmental economics, and environmental safeguards.
She has a long trajectory in development having worked for the Colombian government at various moments, most recently as Director for Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity, she contributed to policy development and led negotiations on a range of sustainable development issues including climate change, working closely with a wide array of national and international counterparts. She is widely recognized as the lead proponent of the Sustainable Development Goals, and was awarded a Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2014 for her contribution to “environmental action leading to positive change”. Earlier in her career, she served with the Energy and Environment Unit for Latin America & Caribbean at UNDP. She has also worked with NGOs, academia, media, and the private sector.