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Maria Jose de Villafranca is a Climate Policy Analyst at NewClimate Institute. She joined the team in January 2018. As part of NewClimate Institute, Maria has led work on estimation of investment needs in the electricity sector for several countries (under the Allianz Climate and Energy Monitor). She is currently involved in projects related to quantification of policy impacts of renewable energy and in tracking international climate action.
Before joining NewClimate Institute, Maria worked as a project engineer at Centro Mario Molina for Strategic Studies on Energy and the Environment in Mexico City, where she was part of the Energy Program, specializing in Life Cycle Assessment and carbon footprint evaluation. Her work included evaluation of second-generation biofuels. She has also gathered practical research experience through academic stays at Forschungzentrum Jülich (Germany), where she studied the role of aerosols in cloud formation, and at TU Delft (the Netherlands), where she studied the technology innovation system of biojet fuels in the Netherlands.
She holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, Mexico), and M.Sc. degrees in Environmental Sciences from the University of Cologne (Germany), and Life Science and Technology from Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands).