María Mendiluce

Managing Director, Natural Capital and Senior Management Team at WBCSD

Dr. María Mendiluce joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in 2008. Her 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, her policy background and her personal leadership have been instrumental to WBCSD’s work.

She has developed the organization’s Climate and Energy strategy, that guides WBCSD member companies in efforts to positively influence the global climate landscape.  María created and led the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi) with over 185 global companies, one of WBCSD’s most successful flagship projects. LCTPi helped mobilize CEOs and businesses to push for the successful Paris Agreement and its current implementation through tangible low-carbon solutions.

In 2016, María became part of WBCSD’s Senior Management Team (SMT) and is now also managing WBCSD’s work on cities, transport and circular economy. In this capacity, María has conducted important work around identifying global megatrends to help companies navigate the current global reality. She is now starting a new program on the Future of Mobility which could become WBCSD new Flagship project.

Prior to joining WBCSD, Maria worked for the International Energy Agency, Iberdrola and the Economic Bureau of the Spanish Prime Minister, where she developed the country’s first sustainable development strategy.

María presented her doctoral thesis on the Evolution of Spanish Energy Intensity in Madrid at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. She also teaches at the University of Geneva, coaches students, and is recognized for her contributions to scientific journals and international conferences. In 2016, she received the “Inspirational women in Geneva working for the environment” award. In 2017 she initiated the first-ever Leading Women’s Awards on International Women’s Day as part of WBCSD’s work on gender equality (SDG5).