Maisa Rojas holds a PhD in atmospheric sciences from Oxford University, UK. She has held the position of associate professor in the department of geophysics of the University of Chile and director of the Climate and Resilience Science Centre (CR2). Her research areas are paleoclimate and regional climate change. She has also worked in impact assessments of sectors such as agriculture and water resources with numeric climate models as her main analysis tool.
Rojas was coordinator of the scientific committee for UNFCCC COP25 at the Ministry of Science of Chile. She was member of the Presidential Advisory Council for COP25 and participant of the Chilean delegation at COP26. She also coordinated the Scientific Advisory Committee on Climate Change. Rojas was a leading author of the Fifth Assessment Report of IPCC, AR5, and she also participated as coordinating author of the Sixth Assessment Report, AR6.
Before joining the Ministry of Environment, she worked at Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture as the administrative coordinator for academic affairs, extension and applied research. Prior to that, she served as an environmental audit and monitoring officer at Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) for more than seven years and also as the alternate focal point for the Montreal protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, and the Nagoya Protocol focal point, where she managed different projects aiming at regulating access to the genetic resources. In her capacity as an environmental audit and monitoring officer, she conducted environmental audit activities for different projects under operation and monitored their compliance with environmental regulations.
She is a member of the African Women in science and Engineering. A Rwandan national, Beatrice holds a Master’s in biodiversity conservation from the University of Rwanda.-->