Magdalena joined SEI Latin America in February 2019, on secondment from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) through the Bilateral Associate Expert programme (BAE). During 2018, Magdalena worked as a climate change advisor to the section for environmental and forestry projects at the Territorial Renewal Agency (Agencia de Renovación del Territorio, ART) in Bogotá.
Magdalena holds a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Södertörn University, Sweden, and a Bachelor of Social Science in Development Studies and Sustainable Development, from Uppsala University, Sweden. Magdalena’s academic studies have been focused on themes such as climate change, ecosystem management and human-wildlife conflicts.
In 2016, Magdalena conducted a Sida-financed field study (MFS) in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, where she looked at the interconnections between human-lion conflicts, wildlife tourism and payments for ecosystem services. The field study resulted in her master’s thesis: “Paying the lion’s share or enjoying the benefits of living with lions? A study on how Maasai landowners perceive wildlife conservancies in the Mara, Kenya”. She also has experience interning with a Bangladeshi NGO, working on agricultural rights and climate change in rural Bangladesh.
Before moving to Colombia, Magdalena worked as a sustainability advisor in the private sector in Stockholm, focusing on sustainability communication and reporting, sustainability strategy advisory, and sustainability risk assessments.