Environmentalist of the Year.
Director, Instituto de Gestion Ambiental
ACHIEVEMENTS: Directed the Colombian Biodiversity Strategy, a diagnostic profile of the country's environment. Her opinion is key to drafting and implementing environmental policies, and she has spearheaded international accords on behalf of the Congress. She has also led Latin American networks that group communities, non-government organizations, research centers, universities and the public sector to create biodiversity protection strategies.
BACKGROUND: Pombo, 52, earned a post-graduate degree in urban sociology in France and in environmental management in Germany. She is a consultant, founder of the Instituto de Gestion Ambiental and has held numerous posts at the Colombian environment ministry.
FUTURE: "I would love for create a network of local pharmaceutical factories supported by a multinational willing to work under conditions of equality, respect for the indigenous, farmers and black communities. Today, this is much more viable than it was 15 years ago."
MAIN CHALLENGE: Create the conditions for cooperative relationships between institutions from developed countries and Latin America. "Today, there is a different attitude on the part of the indigenous to accept alliances and Western technological innovations. Free trade has made them look for alliances so they will not be so isolated."
INSIDER INFORMATION: "I admire the Brazilians because they have great managerial innovative capacity [in environmental terms]. Malaysia is another example because it defends cultural diversity and has managerial vision."