Maria is a Civil Engineer from Costa Rica and MSc. in Urban Planning and Policy Design from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She has worked for different academic entities affiliated to the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Costa Rica and with the private sector, thus gaining experience in the areas of transportation, municipal management and territorial planning. Currently she is a PhD candidate at the University School for Advanced Studies of Pavia, where she specializes in the exploration, analysis and mapping of satellite data, with special focus in radar and optical data. Her main interests include the use of Remote Sensing techniques in agricultural and urban landscapes.
Ariela is a Costa Rican Architect and Urban Planner with a MSc. in Urban Planning and Policy Design held at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Her professional experience has been developed in local and multinational firms in her home country and in Milan, where she continues to develop her career. Coming from a country with a recognized trajectory in Sustainable Development, motivated her to focus her academic and professional practice towards this scope of work. Ariela was recently selected as a 2021 Climate Ambassador by the Global Youth Climate Network (GYCN) from the World Bank Group, to develop a position paper on Smart and Sustainable cities. Her current practice area focuses on sustainable urban development and urban innovation, with a special emphasis on gender-inclusive strategies and urban health.