Teresa Ribera was the Director of the Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI, Sciences Po) in Paris, from 2014 to 2018.

She served as the Spanish Secretary of State for Climate Change from 2008 to 2011, responsible for environmental and climate policies as well as the National Meteorological Agency. A public official on a leave from the Senior Corps of State Civil Administrators, she has also been an associate professor of environmental law at the Autonomous University of Madrid.

She sits on multiple boards, including the Board of Directors of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Institut pour la Recherche du Développement (IRD), the Advisory Council of the Club de Madrid and the Global Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), co-chairing the Spanish chapter of this network. She chairs the Advisory Council of the Momentum for Change initiative promoted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and is a member of the Milan Group on Food Security and Climate Change promoted by the Secretary General of the United Nations. She was also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Climate from 2014 to 2016.