Sonia Castañeda Rial
Deputy Director at Fundacion Biodiversidad
Living in Madrid, Spain
Today she works as Deputy Director of a non-profit public foundation, the biggest donor for nature conservation projects in Spain that collaborates with hundreds of organisations per year and develops conservation and green economy initiatives. Also, she is a member of the Council of the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN). She is involved in implementing nature conservation policies through projects and enjoys a very diverse work environment embracing organisations such as NGO, universities, foundations, business, big corporations, as well as governments and public bodies.
Sonia started her career as an environmental lawyer and has experience as a member of several international and national boards and juries; nominator for awards, and as member of governmental consultancy bodies such as the National Parks Network Council, the Spanish Advisory Council for the Environment or the Spanish Committee of UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme.
She is passionate about mountains, rural landscapes and polar regions. For her the conservation of the fragility of this blue planet is part of our own survival. Sonia works for nature and spend her free time in nature.