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Transforming vulnerability to opportunity.

I am Ricardo Pineda, a 23-year-old climate change and decarbonization leader from Honduras. I was named by the United Nations as one of the worlds’ 100 Youth Climate Champions in September 2019. I am the leading promoter of the national decarbonization commitment of Honduras, where I serves as a researcher, climate negotiator and international representative for my country.

I studied Sustainable Development Engineering in Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, and was conferred the highest student honor in social leadership. Currently. I am researcher on renewable energy modeling for Honduras in the University of California, Berkeley, and I cofounded Sustenta Honduras, an organization that leads initiatives for ambitious climate action.

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 really convinced myself the climate crisis is imperative, and that it is my duty to act, to propose and communicate.


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