Prior to joining the World Bank Group in July 2014 as Senior Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, Paula Caballero, was the director for Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia. In this role, she managed the team responsible for formulating foreign policy on a broad range of sustainable development issues including climate change, biodiversity, land degradation, fisheries, agriculture and transboundary systems, working closely with a wide array of national and international counterparts. She was a leading voice and negotiator in international fora, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Post 2015 framework. Together with Prince Albert of Monaco, she was awarded the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2014 for her contribution to “environmental action leading to positive change.” Earlier in her career, she served as Regional Technical Advisor in Natural Resource Management for Latin America and Caribbean at UNDP. She was also assistant executive director for the Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea (ACOPS), and has worked with academia, media and the private sector.
A Colombian national, Caballero has a master’s in International Relations (Transboundary Water Management) from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a BA in Literature and Society from Brown University.