Dr. Sonia Valdivia

Sonia Valdivia

Dr. Sonia Valdivia is a Program Manager at the World Resources Forum since mid-August 2014 on the areas of ‘sustainable recycling industries’, ‘life cycle management’ and ‘better-by-design’. In 2016 she was conferred the Honorary Professorship by the Leuphana University of Luneburg (Faculty of Sustainability). She is currently Steering Committee member of the UN Life Cycle Initiative and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee member of the Consumer Information Program of the UN 10YFP. She is also Advisory Board member of the Swiss Minerals Observatory (led by ETH Zurich) and Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. Before joining WRF she was Programme Officer at the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, and has been coordinating the Secretariat of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. She has a PhD in environmental waste management and policies from the Technical University of Karlsruhe and has worked for organizations such as UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), NACEC (North American Center for Environmental Cooperation), INE (Mexican Institute of Ecology) and as a GIZ coordinator of the Pan-American Network for Environmental Waste Management. She is contributor of the ‘ISO IWA 19:2017 on Guidance Principles for a Sustainable and Inclusive Recycling’ and co-author of the ‘Medellin Declaration on Marine Litter and LCA (in Int. Journal of LCA)’, UNEP/SETAC “Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment”, “UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Management – How business uses it to decrease footprint, create opportunities and make value chains more sustainable” and the UNEP publication “Towards Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment.”

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