Chief Resilience Officer, Mexico City
As the first Chief Resilience Officer of the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere, Arnoldo leads the development and implementation of a resilience strategy for Mexico City. His main areas of expertise include climate change, air-quality management, and renewable energy. Given the multi-peril city he serves, his strategy also takes into account potential shocks as diverse as drought, earthquake, pandemic, and disruptions to food and water-supply chains.
Prior to his role as the city’s CRO, Arnoldo developed extensive professional experience on climate-change policy through his work at Ithaca Environmental, a consulting firm providing counsel on climate change, sustainability, environmental finance, and clean technology, which he co-founded in 2012. His responsibilities included leading a project for the Inter-American Development Bank on the design of climate-change adaptation and land-use planning.
As part of his role as a climate change consultant for the OECD Environmental Directive, Arnoldo has also contributed to several OECD publications, including the policy guidance on “Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Co-operation.”
Arnoldo holds a PhD in geography and environment from the University of Oxford. He completed his undergraduate studies in political science at McGill University (the only Canadian institution ranked in the top 25 universities in the world) and his master’s degree in environment and resource management from the Brandenburg University of Technology in Germany.