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Romina Picolotti Director of Climate Policy

Romina Picolotti is the Director of Climate Policy at IGSD where she assists IGSD’s efforts to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, including through strengthening the Montreal Protocol to protect the climate by phasing out production and consumption of HFCs through the Kigali amendment, while improving the energy efficiency of air conditioning and other appliances. Romina is also the President and founder of the Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA).

Prior to IGSD, Romina served as Environment Minister of Argentina (2006 – 2008) during which time she crafted and introduced numerous initiatives to uphold environmental laws and regulations. She was instrumental in achieving the passage of the world’s first Glacier and Periglacial Environment Protection Law, as well as the passage of the 2007 adjustment to the Montreal Protocol to accelerate the phase-out of HCFCs. She has also worked to promote environmental and human rights protection in Nicaragua, Cambodia, Peru, Cuba, Haiti, Argentina, and other places around the world.

Romina is a law graduate of the National University at Cordoba, Argentina, and holds a Master’s Degree in International Public Interest Law from the Washington College of Law at American University, Washington, DC. Her achievements in climate protection have earned the Sophie Prize for outstanding contribution to sustainable development in 2006, the Sierra Club’s Earth Care Award in 2007 presented to CEDHA, and the US EPA Climate Protection Award in 2008.

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