Michelle Peña Nelz

Senior Country Engagement Specialist

Michelle Peña Nelz is a Senior Country Engagement Specialist with more than 7 years of work experience in Latin America, Asia and the US. Before joining the NDC Partnership, she worked for three years at the World Bank Group in Washington D.C. As part of a team at the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), Michelle helped to establish a network of government officials from over twenty countries and World Bank experts from four different Global Practices to facilitate effective knowledge exchange throughout those sectors. The key goal of her work was to encourage the sharing of experiences and effective strategies to reduce energy subsidies at a regional and global level and support governments in designing targeted policies and implementing energy reforms.

At the World Bank’s Environment and Natural Resource Global Practice Michelle worked on topics of Access to Information, participation in decision making processes and mainstreaming of Indigenous Peoples rights within World Bank projects.

Prior to her engagement at the World Bank, she worked extensively with civil society organizations in Latin America and Bangladesh; conducted partner consultations and workshops on land rights, and supported NGOs in their Lobby and Advocacy efforts in Germany and Europe. Ms. Peña Nelz holds a Masters Degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (Brighton, UK), a Bachelors in Governance and Public Policy (University of Passau, Germany) and has a background in international public law.

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