Patricia Espinosa had been chosen by Ban Ki-moon to be the UN’s new climate chief in May of 2016. A career diplomat since 1981, she replaced Christiana Figueres as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and brought the experience of a former foreign minister and ambassador to four countries. Trade, drug abuse and the rights of women are a only a few of the areas of expertise listed on her CV. A team builder with a ruthless streak, this is how ministers who have worked with her described the Mexican diplomat.
Location: Bonn, Germany