Roberto Jiménez is a second-year graduate student at the Nicholas School of the Environment and is an MBA graduate from Nova Southeastern University in South Florida. Roberto combines his prior business experience and environmental education at Duke to seek new ways to promote sustainable development and environmental restoration within the private sector.
His mission is to promote a sustained and meaningful dialogue around the role of the private sector in creating the building blocks of a green economy, particularly in Latin America. Roberto deeply believes that bridging the gap of understanding between the gravity of the problem and the profound transformational role business can and must play in solving it is key to overcoming the absence of consensus in international political fora.
Roberto is also founder of NPV Positive, a sustainability consulting forum.
Monica La is studying for a Master of Environmental Management degree at Duke University. Prior to coming to Duke, she worked at the Union of Concerned Scientists on federal climate change policy. She’s had internships at the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, the National Wildlife Federation, and US FWS. Monica is also passionate about promoting local and sustainable food and served as Co-President of Farmhand, a Nicholas School student organization. Monica would like to work on climate change policy after graduation.
Elizabeth Zander is a second year MEM student in the Energy and Environment Concentration. She is interested in carbon finance, ecosystem services markets, energy policy and agricultural sustainability. Last year at the Nicholas Institute, she conducted research regarding carbon market design and energy efficiency programs. Over this past summer, Elizabeth assisted the project client, EnergetixClimate, with research for prospective clients. Like fellow teammate Monica La, Elizabeth has been involved in promoting sustainable agriculture on campus through leading Farmhand, a volunteer organization for local farms, and coordinating the Honeypatch, the Nicholas School organic garden located in Duke Gardens.