The MAR Leadership Program is operated by a two-person team whose members are dedicated conservationists with an array of professional abilities. Our team is committed to tackling the environmental problems facing the Mesoamerican Reef System (MAR) and is building a network of local, regional and international contacts to nurture our program’s fellows and their projects.
Maria Eugenia Arreola is the Director of the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program for the Mexican Nature Conservation Fund (FMCN). She has more than 10 years of experience designing and coordinating capacity-building programs in environmental fields. Prior to joining FMCN, she worked 8 years in the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), of which 5 years were spent in UNEP’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (in Mexico City), and 3 years at UNEP’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. In UNEP, Maria Eugenia coordinated the development of integrated environmental assessments (GEO) in 8 countries and more than 25 cities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and participated in the development of virtual training tools which allowed her to travel and get to know the LAC region as well as various countries in Africa. Maria Eugenia received her BS in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management Systems. She also studied diploma courses in different topics: Environmental Law; New Learning Technologies, and Climate Change. She has collaborated on several UNEP reports from the Global Environmental Perspective series.
Carmen Castilla is the Administrative Assistant of the MAR Leadership Program. She was born in Mexico City, and when she was 6 years old her family moved to Monterrey, where she lived for 15 years. She studied International Relations in the ITESM, Monterrey Campus, for two years, and then moved to the Mexico City Campus to finish her degree. After graduating, she worked in the Secretariat of the Environment of the State of Puebla organizing events. She has also worked in private events-planning companies, including BCD Meetings & Incentives, an international company recognized for organization of corporate events. She has experience organizing events for companies like Avon, Dupont, Deloitte, Herbalife, and Kodak.
Carmen likes to meet new people and seek experiences that make her grow as a person. She also likes to watch TV series, meditate, spend time with her friends, and travel. In 2011, she traveled for three months throughout Asia and learned about many different cultures.