DIANA
CARDENAS MONAR

Vice president and Co-founder of the social entreprise B4FUTURE

Diana is the Vice president and Co-founder of the social entreprise B4FUTURE, created to support and implement initiatives focused on sustainable development and climate change. She holds a MSc in Sustainable Territorial Development awarded by University of Paris 1 Sorbonne (France), KU Leuven (Belgium), and University of Padova (Italy), in the framework of the STeDe Erasmus Mundus Program. Throughout her studies and professional experience, she had the opportunity of exploring different aspects related to sustainability and climate change, including the challenges posed by the financial and monetary systems. This particular issue led to the development of a very special project idea, one that focuses on the problem of financing and aims to connect needs and resources to facilitate the implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives. The idea has evolved to become the online platform and community “Fin4Climate”, a space where project proponents and potential project promoters converge with a common goal: contributing to the fight against climate change.

DESCRIBE YOUR MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET. 
Ever since I was a child, I was taught to love nature, to be compassionate, and to fight for what was fair and urgent. When I first discovered the meaning and implications of climate change, more than 10 years ago, I felt I had found my “fair and urgent” matter to fight for. At that time, my first action was to explore the mechanisms that would allow countries like my own to do things better and avoid contributing to climate change, through a research project on the CDM and the carbon market. Later on, during my master´s, a great professor made me realize that without a transformation of the financial and monetary systems, there was no way to win this fight. So I decided to learn about this subject to try to find innovative solutions to connect needs and resources for sustainable development, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

I cofounded B4FUTURE with an idea in the back of my mind, finding a way to finance the transition to sustainability and the fight against climate change. Considering the great power of technology, the idea started to take shape. It was originally launched as an initiative named using the quechua word "Tinku" which means "encounter" or "convergence". But it slowly became what it is today. Fin4Climate is a catalyst for climate action that seeks to connect resources with initiatives that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries, through an online platform and network with a local and global reach.