Lizzie Siboni, President
Born and raised in San Francisco, Lizzie is a sustainability consulting professional experienced in executing sustainability strategy and public reporting at Fortune 1000 companies. She is also currently an intern at the Natural Resource Defense Council where she is leading the development of NRDC’s inaugural sustainable procurement policy. Prior to beginning her Masters in Sustainability Management at Columbia, Lizzie worked in a variety of SaaS start-up environments from seed funded ventures to post-IPO companies. Outside of work, she volunteers with social and environmental justice NGO’s including GrowNYC and GlobalCitizen. Lizzie holds a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
Laura Malo Yague, Director of Projects
Moving from Spain to New York after 7 years working as an engineer and with a keen interest in the environment and climate change. She arrived in New York in 2016 seeking a change in her career path. During the last two years, she has been training herself in Project Management, focused on monitoring and evaluation, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. She collaborated as a volunteer in the NGO ‘Engineering Without Borders’ for 8 years participating in sustainability and development projects focused on environmental problems and eco-efficiency, taking responsibility of our planet’s health and trying to do things better. She loves traveling with her ukulele, where she can combine her passions: discover new cultures, meet people and enjoy the diversity of our planet. She currently works for the Sustainability Department of a Publisher Company and she would like to build a sustainability strategy to improve the accountability of market and industry processes and development.
Riyana Zafira Razalee, Director of Projects
Riyana formerly co-led the development of one of Southeast Asia’s largest financial institution’s sustainable finance framework. She was also on the Central Bank of Malaysia’s Working Committee, developing Malaysia’s first value-based metrics for Islamic financial institutions. Previous roles include Special Officer to the Group CEO of ASEAN’s 4th largest banking group, business and regional expansion strategies, as well as private equity. Riyana holds a B.A. in Politics and International Relations from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is also the Head of Governance of the World Economic Forum’s youth arm – Kuala Lumpur Hub. Her secret passions: urban farming/agriculture, sustainable urban design, anything outdoors and/or ocean-related, searching for good Ethiopian food.
Aditi Bansal, Director of Marketing
Current graduate student studying Sustainability Management at Columbia University with a focus on energy and global sustainable development. I’m passionate about making an impact and innovating to create sustainable change in the global community. With the combination of my background of Chemical Engineering and being a nonprofit co-founder, I’ve grown to love the intersection of technology, development and sustainability. My ultimate goal is to bring that passion into the renewable energy access sector.
Lena Courcol, Director of Communication
Originally from France and having grown up in Shanghai, Lena strives to advance sustainability through thoughtful problem-solving and collaborations, aiming to contribute to scalable solutions and system-wide innovations. Lena previously worked in Los Angeles in the green beauty industry and at a Montreal rooftop farm, after having completed her B.S./B.A. in Environment and Economics from McGill University. She is currently a research assistant investigating pro-environmental behavior in China and continues to look into mobilizing change through her many interests, including shifts in consumer behavior, impact investing, and compelling communication. Her insatiable curiosity often leads her to explore new projects and adventures, hiking or camping through the outdoors.
Maria Mancera, Director of Operations
Maria Mancera is the Director of Operations. She is a sustainability practitioner with five years of experience in the diagnosis, design, implementation and evaluation of corporate sustainability strategies in the private sector. Prior to the program she worked in PwC Colombia as a Sustainability Consultant. Maria holds a B.A. in Business and she is passionate about promoting quick and sustainable solutions to face problems of vulnerable communities, creating new ways to combat inequality, focusing on manufacturing and agricultural entrepreneurs.