Monica Araya works with leaders in government, business, philanthropy and activism to accelerate the shift toward emissions-free transportation.

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Monica Araya works toward a world without tailpipes. She has lived and worked in Latin America, Europe and the US and has had roles in government, private sector and civil society. In 2020, she joined the Climate Champions team to accelerate the global adoption of emission-free mobility as part of the Race to Zero campaign for COP26, the global UN climate conference in 2021.

Working with global and local networks and coalitions to move to a net-zero economy has been a constant feature of Araya's work. Over 20 years, she has worked with climate activists, strategists, communication experts, champions of electric mobility, utilities, car dealers, automakers, charging infrastructure providers, urban activists and lawmakers. She cocreated several initiatives, such as Costa Rica Limpia, and she serves as advisor to various initiatives, including the 2050 Pathways Platform, a global climate initiative, and Chile's Center for Climate and Resilience Research CR2. She writes frequently and hosts the podcast Ponerse Las Pilas to engage the public in the zero-emission transformation.

In 2019, Araya was named "Crusader of the Year" for her role in advancing electric mobility in Costa Rica, her home country. BMW and TED appointed her as mentor to "Next Visionaries," an initiative exploring the future of mobility. She studied economics in Costa Rica and holds a PhD in Environmental Management from Yale University. In 2016, she was selected to the first all-female expedition to Antarctica in 2026, where she reaffirmed her commitment to advance climate solutions. She is currently based in Amsterdam.

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Countdown Global Launch

Transformation: Notes from Session 3 of the Countdown Global Launch

October 10, 2020

Countdown is a global initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. Watch the talks, interviews and performances from the Countdown Global Launch at Transforming big systems is a huge task. Energy, transportation, industry and infrastructure all pose their own challenges. And yet that transformation is already happening. The experts in Session 3 showed […]

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TED and Future Stewards announce Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis

September 14, 2020

Prince William, His Holiness Pope Francis, Yemi Alade, Monica Araya, Xiye Bastida, Jesper Brodin, Don Cheadle, Dave Clark, Christiana Figueres, Al Gore, António Guterres, Chris Hemsworth, Kara Hurst, Lisa Jackson, Rose Mutiso, Johan Rockström, Prince Royce, Mark Ruffalo, Sigrid, Jaden Smith, Nigel Topping and Ursula von der Leyen join scientists, activists, artists, schools and leaders […]

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