Ivonne Cruz

Ivonne Cruz



Mrs. Cruz is a Sustainability and International Development expert with over 10 years of experience. A consultant on integration of global social/environmental responsibility and sustainability into business strategies. She’s an International natural resource governance expert, conducted poverty-environment assessment studies and sustainable development training. Ivonne holds a Ph.D. and Masters in the field of Sustainable Development.

Areas of expertise include:

Social-Environmental Assessment | Research & Analysis | Program Management | ESG |Sustainability Reporting | Sustainability Training and Teaching | SDGs | Social Impact Strategies | Environmental Policy | Corporate Communication | Persuasive Public Speaker | Budget Planning and Reporting | Multi-stakeholder Transdisciplinary Approach



Professional Experience

RICE UNIVERSITY, Houston, TX (2018 – present)

Faculty member – Master on Global Affairs                                                                                     

  • Sustainability and Corporate Governance Class

Center for Energy Studies and Center for the United State and Mexico – Baker Institute on Public Policy

  • Resident Scholar and Research Assistant on social issues and energy transition.
  • Climate Migration
  • Prepared Issue Briefs and commentaries on LCA in the energy sector, social issues and lithium extraction, EV batteries, and related topics.
  • Policy Report on “Social consultation processes and infrastructure projects in Mexico”.

Puentes Consortium Program Administrator                               

  • Administration of International Consortium of U.S. –Mexican Universities
  • Program and grant development, financial oversight and reporting, and long-term planning for the Consortium.
  • Funded over 40 projects and granted over $400,000 USD for binational research projects.
  • Coordinating and implementing activities and decisions from all President’s and Operating Committee.
  • Outreach and promotion of all Puentes programs including international promotion trips, speaking engagements and virtual webinars conducted in both, English and Spanish.


GLOBAL AFFAIRS ASSOCIATES, Houston, TX (2016 – 2022)

Special Consultant in Sustainability

Development of baseline analysis for sustainability planning and reporting.



Special Consultant for the Cuba Program. US-Cuba liaison expert.

  • Developed scientific agendas for expeditions, workshops and scientific exchanges.
  • Followed up on stakeholder involvement with local entities, EDF partners and NGOs in Cuba.


NOAA-SEMARNAT-UNIDO, USA (International) (2010 – 2011)

US-Mexico liaison, Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem Project.

  • Head coordinator on governance issues. Facilitate MOUs among Cuban, US and Mexican entities on marine protected area planning and designations.
  • Contributor to strategic action planning and developed bilateral environmental policy drafts.



Postdoctoral Research Associate on Ocean Governance, Marine Policy and Law.

  • Coordinator and Adjunct Professor: First International Summer School on Governance for Sustainable Development in the Gulf of Mexico.


UNESCO CHAIR IN SUSTAINABILITY, Barcelona, Spain (2004 – 2007)

Research Associate and Spokesperson

Spokesperson on the UN Regional Human Development Reports and Lead Scientist

Additional Relevant Consulting Experience

Entorno Consultores, México                                                                                                                 

Sustainable development training program (BIMBO Bakery Co. Mexico).

CITIES (Center for Sustainability) Barcelona, Spain                                                                                      

Developed Report on Sustainable Development Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Generalitat de Cataluña (Catalan Central Government), Spain                                                                

Special Consultant for Regional Sustainability Indicators Report.

United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), Africa                                                                            

Developed socio-environmental indicators for poverty assessment study (Tanzania, Mozambique, Mali).

UN High Commissionaire for Refugees (UNHCR)

Repatriation Program Assistant (Ivory Coast and Liberia).


D. & M.A. in Sustainability, Technology and Humanism, cum laude, Universidad Politécnica Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain

  • Visiting Scholar- Capability & Sustainability Centre. University of Cambridge UK

B.A. International Relations, Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLA-P) México

  • Exchange student, Institute d’ Etudes Politiques (IEP) Grenoble, France

Spanish (Native)

English (Fluent)

French (Fluent)

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