Julisa Edwards has in the last 15 years focused on advising on strategy and risk assessment on cross-border transactions and project finance. In the last 10 years, she has specialized translating concepts across borders for a wide variety of conservation projects from supporting the declaration of national monuments in the United States to leading the negotiation of the Forever Costa Rica Project, which created a $50 million trust fund to support Costa Rica’s national parks. In recent years, Julisa has focused on international strategy and compliance and has a keen interest in ethics.
Julisa has been a key collaborator on conservation projects in Latin America, Africa, and the South Pacific focusing on project and corporate risks for both donors and grantees. She has extensive experience negotiating conservation finance mechanisms such as Tropical Forest Conservation Act Debt for Nature Swaps, creating endowments in both civil and common law systems, as well as implementing trust funds that provide sustainable financing in exchange for ecosystem services.
Julisa graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra with a licenciatura en derecho and holds master degrees from the University of London and the George Washington University. Although a lawyer by training, Julisa’s role at Ecoadvisors focuses on risk management, compliance and strategy, and she does not provide legal advice. She is fluent in English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French and Portuguese.