Karina is an experienced environmental engineer, with more than 25 years of experience working on a wide variety of environmental issues - including watershed management, waste management, sustainable development, renewable energy and more recently climate change. She has collaborated at the international arena, with the United Nations University Program for Water, Environment and Health, as well as with Canadian and European companies developing project in Mexico and Latino America. Currently, she is a Climate Leader of the Climate Reality, and Founder and Director of IAMM, a non-for profit E-NGO. She serves as a Government Board member of the water utility for Hermosillo (Mexico), and she volunteers at a think-tank “Hermosillo ¿Como Vamos?” on water and environmental issues. Karina holds dual citizenship, both Canadian and Mexican.
Engineer by profession, Karina holds two masters degree, Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph (Canada) and a Master in Environmental Economics in Public Policies at ITESM, Mexico, where she focused her research on payment of environmental services and poverty reduction.
She is currently doing a PhD on Environmental Sustainability at the University of Ottawa. Her areas of research of interest are environmental services, water conservation, water quality and carbon soil sequestration through the application of sustainable and low carbon agriculture practices, and the use of economic mechanism and financial instruments to improve climate risk management for agricultural producers and to support the transition to sustainable agricultural practices, with main focus in Canada and Mexico.