29 March 2023
9:30 am
Debate “Europe in the World: Reimagining Partnerships in the Climate Decade”
Aspen Institute España

Debate Aspen Ideas “Europe in the World: Reimagining Partnerships in the Climate Decade”


Aspen Institute España, in collaboration with Fundación Consejo de España – Estados Unidos, hosted March, 29  from 9.30 to 11.30 am an Aspen Ideas session on “Europe in the World: Reimagining Partnerships in the Climate Decade”.

This session brought together a group of Alumni from Aspen Institute España and ten participants from the Young American Leaders programme of the Fundación Consejo de España – Estados Unidos with an outstanding professional career, interest in Spain and the potential to update their image of Spain, with a view to transferring it to their spheres of influence.  Following the Aspen method, the conversation was based on a selection of texts and guided by expert moderators who were involved and encourage the exchange of perspectives among the participants.

The session was introduced by Monica Araya, International Executive Director of the European Climate Foundation, and will discuss the strategies of the United States and the European Union on the climate emergency, in particular the European Green Pact and the Inflation Reduction Act. The debate was moderated by Diego Herrero de Egaña, director of Development of Aspen Institute España.


Mónica Araya 

Mónica oversees the work and grant-making on trade, diplomacy, decarbonization plans, and global climate politics. For over 20 years, Monica has worked with leaders in government, business, philanthropy and advocacy on accelerating climate action. She has worked as strategist of several initiatives, boards and campaigns. She helped develop Costa Rica’s national decarbonization plan, was a Special Adviser to the High-Level Champion for Climate Action at COP26 in Glasgow, and was a Distinguished Fellow at ClimateWorks Foundation. She helped incubate the Drive Electric Campaign. For her work on electrification, she was included in the list of “BBC 100 Women.” Her TED talks on climate and decarbonization have over 5 million views. Previously, Monica worked at the Ministry of Foreign Trade in Costa Rica, Climate Change Capital, the UN negotiations and E3G. Her collaboration with the ECF spans a decade. She obtained at Masters in Economic Policy at the National University of Costa Rica and Masters and Ph.D. degree in environmental management from Yale University. Born in Costa Rica, she has lived in nine countries and was the first Latin American to join the all-female international expedition to Antarctica. She lives with her husband in Oslo where she finds joy in museums, books, and nature.


Collaboration Aspen Institute España and Fundación Consejo de España – Estados Unidos

Over the last few years, Aspen Institute España and Fundación Consejo de España – Estados Unidos have jointly organized several discussion sessions and conferences on current issues around the transatlantic relationship and its future, focusing on economics, politics, sustainability, culture, education, energy or technology, among others. These sessions bring together young leaders from both sides of the Atlantic from various sectors of civil society, including business entrepreneurs, people from the public sector, academics, and journalists.

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  • Mónica Araya
  • Diego Herrero de Egaña
Aspen Institute España
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