Transforming vulnerability to opportunity.

Ricardo Pineda Guzmán is a Sustainable Development Engineer and decarbonization specialist from Honduras. He was named by the United Nations as one of the 100 Young Climate Champions in 2019.

He has served as a climate negotiator for Honduras at the United Nations on 7 occasions, and now coordinates the adaptation component of the National Decarbonization Strategy of Honduras. Ricardo has been named EDD21 Young Leader by the European Commission and Innovate4Climate Young Climate Innovator by the World Bank. Currently, he is the director of Sustenta Honduras, the first organization focused on climate adaptation and youth empowerment in the country.

My Motivation

After learning that Honduras was, for 17 years, the most vulnerable country in the world to climate change, I decided that matters are more urgent for Honduras than for any other country in the world. This is when I convinced myself that solving the climate crisis is imperative, and that it is my duty to act, to propose and to lead by example.


Nov 2021 - Current

Secretary of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources


Jun 2021 - Current

University of Texas at Austin - Rapid, Equitable and Sustainable Energy Transitions Laboratory

Affiliated Researcher

Sep 2020 - Dec 2020

Presidential Office for Climate Change of Honduras

Visiting Researcher Program Coordinator

Apr 2020 - Current

California Institute for Energy and Environment

Visiting Researcher

Jun 2020 - Current

Sustenta Honduras



2016 - 2020

Tecnologico de Monterrey


University of California, Berkeley