Paola Adriázola works as Senior Project Manager at adelphi. She specializes in climate change governance and policy, urban climate resilience, climate and security, local climate action, multi-level and urban governance and the global development agenda with a focus on countries of the Global South.
Paola advises international clients on development policies and strategies. Her work supports the use of qualitative methods and research-based policy advice to inform decisions by German ministries, the European Commission, and multilateral and bilateral development cooperation on climate, environment, natural resources, disaster risk, security and resilient development at the global, national and city levels.
Paola has extensive experience in the planning and management of multi-year projects with large international consortia. She has so far developed particular strengths in programme and project evaluation, design of dialogue formats, and communication of scientific findings for policy impact. She has eight years of professional experience and has researched and authored more than 30 studies analysing different aspects of bilateral and multilateral development measures.
She is currently the country manager for South Africa for V-LED, a multi-year project supported by the German Environment Ministry as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). In cooperation with partners on the ground, she works to support local capacities, climate mitigation and adaptation actions by municipalities, and their integration of climate action into national strategies in Kenya, South Africa, Vietnam and the Philippines. Paola has represented the project at different international conferences, including at Habitat III, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, COP 23 in Bonn and COP 21 in Paris.
Before joining adelphi, Paola was an Associate at Human Rights Watch, where she supported advocacy and research on human rights in Latin America. She has also worked with GIZ in South Africa on multi-level governance and M&E. During her studies she supported outreach efforts at the UNDP Human Development Report Office in New York and at UNICEF in Bolivia. Over the course of her career, Paola has focused on East and Southern Africa and Latin America.
Paola is an alumna of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). She received her master's degree in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Prior to that, she completed two bachelor’s degrees with distinction in political science and journalism from the University of Kansas. She is certified in the use of Capacity WORKS.