With a law degree from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1992 and a diploma in Constitutional Law and Political Science from the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies in Madrid, she was associate professor of public law at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
Teresa Ribera has been executive director of the Paris-based Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) since June 2014.
Before that, she worked as an advisor on the climate policy programme at IDDRI from September 2013 to June 2014.
She is a member of the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); the advisory board of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the French Institute for Development Research (IRD), the global leadership council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN) and co-chairs the advisory board of the Spanish Sustainable Development Network.
He chairs the advisory board of the Momentum for Change initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is a member of the scientific council of the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) and of the international commission for the revision of the German sustainable development strategy.
She has been a member of the climate advisory board of the World Economic Forum from 2014 to 2016 as well as of other sustainability, climate and energy initiatives.
Previously, she was Secretary of State for Climate Change (2008-2011), Director of the Spanish Climate Change Office (2004-2008) and held other technical positions as a civil servant in the Senior Corps of State Civil Administrators, which she joined in 1996.
She is the author of numerous publications and articles on sustainability, the environment and European policies.
Ribera’s contribution to the achievement of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is internationally recognised.
She speaks English and French.