Transforming vulnerability to opportunity.

Ricardo Pineda is a climate action and decarbonization leader from Honduras. He is a Fulbright fellow, an EDD Young Development Leader for the European Commission and a former UNICEF Foresight fellow for Latin America

Ricardo is a sustainable development engineer from Tecnológico de Monterrey, and a former climate negotiator for Honduras towards the United Nations. Now, he is the cofounder and director of Sustenta Honduras, one of the largest youth-led organizations in the region working on adaptation and capacity building towards climate change.

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.


May 2022  - Nov 2022

Delegation of the European Union in Honduras - Particip GmbH 

National Forestry Advisor

Nov 2021  - May 2022

Secretary of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources

Climate Transparency Consultant

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



2022  - 2024

University of Texas at Austin

2016  - 2020

Tecnologico de Monterrey


University of California, Berkeley