María Lemos González is an Associate II at the International Climate Action Initiative (ICA) housed within the Global Climate Program. In this position, she manages projects, publications, and partnerships to support, enhance and implement the Paris Agreement while contributing to developing research topics and communication materials.

María has experience in international climate policy, politics, and negotiations. Prior to joining WRI, she worked at Transforma, a Colombian-based think tank, on developing diplomatic strategies to increase ambition in international climate negotiations and implementation, especially in Latin America and vulnerable countries. She also supported research at Oxford Net Zero on exploring the challenges and key policy interventions for achieving climate neutrality and developing partnerships with key stakeholders in policy, industry, and civil society for informing effective and ambitious climate action.

Between 2016 and 2020, she worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia on climate change, forests, and environmental governance. Her responsibilities included co-leading the definition of the national position on these topics and supporting the implementation of the national commitments from treaties and respective decision-making bodies. María acted as the leading voice on climate finance for the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC) in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.

María holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and is a Master of Public Policy Candidate at the same University. Before this, she received a Bachelor's degree in Law from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. María loves hiking, diving and Thai food, and enjoys playing video games and travelling.