Michelle Núñez is an Environmental Specialist with 20 years of experience in Social Development programs. She has a Double Major in Environmental Science and International Affairs B.A. from Florida State University and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from “Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua”. She is also a certified translator and conference interpreter, specializing in the technical areas of Environment, Sustainable Development, Project Management, Humanitarian Action, Political Science, and Business Administration. She´s a member of APTI, “Asociación Panameña de Traductores e Intérpretes.”
Michelle has gained experience in Climate Services working as a Climate Change Auditor under Kyoto’s Clean Development Mechanism scheme in the Latin American Region for a UNFCCC- Designated Operational Entity. In this capacity, as well as in other work experiences, she has engaged with a wide range of sectors: Academia, Humanitarian, Private Sector, Government, and Non-Government.
She has cooperated in community programs with indigenous populations in Panama, such as water systems and small-scale self-sustaining farms, an aquaponics project in Chilibre, outreaches in rural areas in Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, as well as leadership development & youth programs in San Miguelito and Panama City. Her areas of interest include climate specialized work for tangible results that help improve people’s livelihood and quality of life through the use of reliable information and tools in a cross-cutting approach, including environmental perspectives.
At the Urban Risk Center at FSU Panama she supports in project development, cooperation agreements, and research. Michelle has led an institutional agreement for greenhouse gas inventory with the National Center for Clean Production under the project titled “Empresas por el Clima: Medición de la Huella de Carbono Corporativa como Estrategia para Implementar la Ecoeficiencia y la Competitividad”, financed by the World Bank through the Ministry of Environment fund for protected areas and wild life. Her work included GHG inventory calculation and report writing.
She also represents the Urban Risk Center in the co-creation of the environmental commitments for Panama’s third Open Government Partnership action plan.