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Itzá Castañeda

Itza Castaneda is a Policy Adviser on Gender and Sustainable Development for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Global Gender Office. She was born in Guatemala in 1960, but in 1997, after living in México for 18 years, adopted Mexican citizenship. She studied Biology and subsequently obtained a scholarship from the Organization of American States (OAS) to study a Master’s degree on the Environment, which she obtained in 1997.  She also has a diploma in Environmental Policy with a concentration in gender. Additionally, from 1997-2000, she received a leadership scholarship from the MacArthur Foundation in order to work on gender equity and environmental policy in Mexico.


From 2001 to 2004 Itza was the Director of Gender Equity in the Ministry of Enviroment and Natural Resourses of Mexico and from 2004 to 2011 she worked as the Senior Gender Adviser in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mexico. For twenty years she has been working in different fields for a number of international and national organizations as a researcher, consultant, adviser, teacher and trainer on different topics such as gender equality, environment, disastrer risk reduction, and sustainable development—both in Mexico and Latin America. On these same themes she has coauthored more than ten books and published numerous guides and articles. She has been a keynote speaker at several national and international conferences and congresses.


Margaux Granat

Climate Policy Specialist

Margaux joins IUCN while completing her M.S. in Climate Science & Policy from Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy.

Prior to IUCN, Margaux volunteered with the Peace Corps in Armenia, promoting environmental justice and sustainable development through educational outreach and policy programs. Her tenures as a high school environmental science teacher, camp director and Sierra Club program coordinator laid the foundation for her work and inspired her to pursue research on international climate change adaptation policy in areas of gender equality, food security, and community vulnerability and resilience, specifically through opportunities for clean energy solutions and finance mechanisms.

A Northern California native, Margaux was raised in the backyard of the Sierra Nevada mountains where she cultivated a love of the outdoors. On weekends if she is not retreating back to the woods you can find her on urban adventures, swimming, cycling, or gardening.

She holds a Master’s in Education for Earth Science, and B.S. in Environmental Science both from University of California at Santa Barbara, and has experience in over 30 countries around the world.


Jackelline Siles C


Project officer


She is an agricultural engineer, with a Master degree on Natural Resources Management Watershed Management.  

Actually, she is a PhD student on Natural Resources for Development. She has been working in the Mesoamerican Region for more than fifteen years in environmental and agricultural projects that promote sustainable and equitable human development, as well as including social and gender issues on public policy development with organization such as CARE, UICN-The International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Wetland International and CATIE- Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center.

She has provided technical assistance to regional organizations, local and national governments in areas such as watershed management, community participation, organic agriculture,gender and social issues.

She has been an university professor and also has several publications on gender and environment and had developed technical skills to trained people on the use methodologies that promote gender equity.At the present, she is working as Technical Officer for the Global Senior Gender Adviser initiatives at IUCN.


Cate Owren

Cate joined IUCN’s Global Gender Office after nearly seven years with the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), a women’s global advocacy organization based in New York, where she most recently served as Executive Director and held various program positions prior. With over a decade of experience working on gender and sustainable development issues, her areas of focus have been women’s rights and gender equality advocacy, women’s political participation and empowerment, women’s organizing and networking, climate change and biodiversity, and she has enjoyed a wide range of experiences in global processes such as UNFCCC, CSD, CBD, CSW, Rio+20, and those elaborating the post-2015 development agenda. In her capacity as WEDO’s ED, she served on the Advisory Boards of the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), among other positions and opportunities.

Cate has traveled, lived or worked in more than 25 countries and has degrees in International Affairs/Socioeconomic Development (M.A., The New School), English Literature and Theater (B.S., Skidmore College.) She was an early member of a New York-based theater company and still enjoys life filled with the arts.


Celia Steele D

Administrative Assistant


Executive Bilingual Secretary, over 19 years of experience in International organization such as CARE and IUCN.  

In 1996 start working as an administrative assistant in the Social Equity Unit, performing administrative and logistical activities, including seminars, conferences and support global conservation, among others. Since 2009 as an Administrative Assistant for the Office of the Global Senior Advisor Office for IUCN.