Valeria Garcia has developed expertise in the design and evaluation of policies in the areas of green finance, energy, climate change, environment and in science, technology and innovation. Valeria has contributed to impact assessments and studies for European and Latin American institutions in the areas of national innovation systems, regional innovation strategies, renewable energy, and green economy. She has applied successfully a range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, such as network analysis, multivariate analysis, interviews, surveys, case studies, systematic literature reviews, and benchmarking studies.
Recently, she is working on the evaluation of the UK’s multi-billion-pound renewable energy Contracts for Difference auction scheme, and the impact evaluation of EPSRC’s circular economy research funding and worked on the EU-CELAC Innovact Platform: Innovation to promote Territorial Cohesion project. For the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology and the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change she contributed on different studies. She has also collaborated with international organisations and agencies, such as the German Agency for Sustainable Development (GIZ), the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America (CCA) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). Before joining Technopolis Group, Valeria worked at the United Nations Development Programme, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Mexico and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex in the design of policies, methodological tools and managing international cooperation projects addressing climate change.
Valeria holds a MSc (distinction) in Energy Policy from the Science, Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex in the UK, a BA in International Relations from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, and she is currently in the process of being certified as an Energy and Climate Change Finance Expert by the Frankfurt School of Business and Management. She is fluent in Spanish (native), English, and has a working knowledge of French.