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 is a ClimateWorks distinguished fellow and a Drive Electric campaign advisor. She is a special adviser to the UN High-Level Champion for Climate Action for COP26. As a writer, speaker and independent adviser with decades of campaign experience, she has guided mobility, climate and energy strategies across Latin America, the US and Europe, championing voices from the global south and ensuring that transportation systems create meaningful improvements in people's lives. 

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 the EV Association of Costa Rica and she serves as senior advisor to various initiatives, including the 2050 Pathways Platform, a global climate initiative, Chile's Center for Climate and Resilience Research CR2 and the Chilean Advisory Council on E-mobility. She hosts the podcast Ponerse Las Pilas to engage the Spanish-speaking 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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A global campaign to advance zero-emission transport gains momentum through The Audacious Project

October 13, 2021

Thanks to a coalition of climate activists, organizations and researchers — powered by philanthropy — a cleaner, healthier, more equitable transportation future is now within reach.  For the opening session of the Countdown Summit, head of TED Chris Anderson announced, in conversation with electrification advocate Monica Araya, a catalytic funding boost of 300 million dollars […]

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A pathway opens: Notes from Session 1 of Countdown Summit

October 13, 2021

Follow Countdown on Twitter and Instagram • Subscribe to the Countdown newsletter Countdown is the most ambitious initiative TED has endeavored upon. A meeting point and invitation to all, from any walk of life, to participate in the story of solving the climate crisis in urgent and crucial ways. A call-in to businesses, governments, society, […]

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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 ted.com/countdown. 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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