Sonia Valdivia

Scientific Director

2014 – Present: Scientific Director at World Resources Forum
Areas: sustainable recycling industries, life cycle sustainability

2016 – Present: Honorary Professor, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Associated to the Faculty of Sustainability, Institute of Environmental and Sustainability Communication (INFU). supervision of a thesis on social LCA of fair phones

Has worked for organizations such as UNITAR, NACEC (North American Center for Environmental Cooperation), INE (Mexican Institute of Ecology, as a GIZ coordinator of the Pan-American Network for Environmental Waste Management, as Program Officer of UNEP to coordinate the Secretariat of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative

Co-Author:
• ISO IWA 19 on Guidance Principles for the Sustainable Management of Secondary Metals,
• UNEP Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment
• UNEP Life Cycle Management – How business uses it to decrease footprint, create opportunities and make value chains more sustainable,
• UNEP Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment
• UNEP State of Natural Resource Management in Latin America – Opportunities for Sustainable Practices and Prioritisation of Resources,
• Medellin Declaration on Marine Litter in LCA,
• Position Paper on Using Life Cycle Assessment to achieve a circular economy
• Position Paper on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

Academic background in Industrial Engineering
Ph.D. in Environmental Management and Policies, Technical University of Karlsruhe (KIT), 1996