Cristina Larrea

Director, Agriculture and Sustainability Standards

Cristina Larrea is the Director of Agriculture and Sustainability Standards for IISD's Economic Law and Policy Program. She has 19 years of experience working in the fields of economic inclusion and sustainability with vulnerable populations in developing countries, including women, Indigenous People, and agricultural small and medium-sized enterprises, mainly in Latin America and Africa.   

Her career path includes 7 years of fieldwork with rainforest community-based organizations in Chiapas, Mexico, leading initiatives for sustainable natural resources management in agroforestry systems and biodiversity conservation while supporting agribusiness development and market access of local enterprises.

In previous roles, Cristina contributed to the creation of an internationally recognized framework to measure the social, economic, and environmental impacts of financial transactions in agricultural enterprises (IRIS from the GIIN) and has authored and co-authored several publications in the field of sustainable development, including evaluation of public policy.

Prior to joining IISD, Cristina had served as the senior project developer consultant with the Global Green Growth Institute, senior project manager with the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade, and as regional director for an Oxfam partner in Mexico.

Cristina is fluent is English, French, and Spanish. 

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Areas of expertise
Standards and Value Chains
Agribusiness and Sustainability
Economic Inclusion
Human Rights
Sustainability and Vulnerable Peoples
Voluntary Sustainability Standards
Staff type
Master of Arts (MA), International Development and Education, University of East Anglia
Bachelor's Degree, Business Management and Administration, London South Bank University
Languages spoken
English, French, Spanish