"Sheila Abed is one of Latin America’s most influential environmental law professionals. I’m constantly impressed by her profound innovation capacity and interdisciplinary work as well as by her unique expertise in empirical measurement and analysis of the impact of environmental protection policies on social costs."Pamela Tolosa, Dean, Faculty of Law, National University of the South, Bahia Blanca, Argentina
Renown Paraguayan lawyer. Served as Counselor of the Yacyretá Binational Hydropower Dam from 2016 to 2018 and as the Minister of Justice and Labor of the Republic of Paraguay from 2013 to 2016. Served as Chair of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (WCEL- IUCN) from November 2004 to September 2012 and was also Special Envoy for Environmental Justice for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Founder and Executive Director of the Institute on Economics and Environmental Law (IDEA) in Paraguay and Chair of the Conservation Alliance for Latin American and the Caribbean (ALCA). Has a law degree from the National University of Asunción; an L.L.M in Environmental Law from the University of Limoges, France and the Catholic University “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción”; and a PhD from the University of Buenos Aires.
Key Areas of Expertise: Public policy, environmental law, justice, energy and development, diplomacy for sustainability.
Skills: Sharp, direct and concise. Negotiation. Great capacity to connect stakeholders and decision makers providing alternatives in a global environment.
Languages: Spanish and English (bilingual), French (intermediate) and Portuguese (advanced proficiency)