Alicia Perez-Porro

Board of trustees


Dr. Alicia Perez-Porro is a marine biologist connecting the environment, gender equality and environmental diplomacy for a more just and sustainable future for all. She is the deputy director of CREAF, a Spanish ecology research centre focused on global change and biodiversity.

Dr. Perez-Porro holds an MSc and a PhD in biodiversity from the University of Barcelona, conducted her doctoral research as visitor scholar for five years at Harvard University, and complemented her science expertise with a MA in international relations and diplomacy from Fletcher School at Tufts University.

She recently stepped down as the president of the Association for Spanish Scientists in the US and the president of the Network of Spanish Researchers Abroad (RAICEX) after two years at both roles.

In 2018, she was selected to participate in one of the largest, all-female expeditions to Antarctica with the Homeward Bound Project and was awarded the Spanish Red Cross Gold Medal for her efforts advocating for gender equality as a key component of climate action. The following year, she and her teammates founded the Spanish non-profit ‘Ellas Lideran’ to continue their advocacy work.

She was a 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, and a 2018 92Y Women inPower fellow. Recently, she co-authored the children’s book ‘The Secret Life of Viruses’, translated to 14 different languages and with more than 30,000 copies already sold.