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Carolina Montano Owen is the Circularity Accelerator Programme Coordinator at World Green Building Council. Her work is focused on strategies to accelerate the transition to a decarbonised and circular built environment in Europe. 

She completed a Doctorate in Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, researching solutions to improve the energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality of school buildings in Germany. She has a background in Civil Engineering and graduated with distinction from the Master of Science Low Carbon Building Design and Modelling in the United Kingdom. She received the award of Outstanding Work from the Energy Institute of the United Kingdom, was a top 10 runner-up for the CIBSE – ASHRAE Graduate of the Year in 2013, and was a representative at the Global Young Scientists Summit in Singapore in 2018. 

Previously, Carolina supported the development of the technical screening criteria for the EU’s Green Taxonomy as a member of the World Green Building Council team for the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance, and the development of decarbonisation roadmaps part of the #BuildingLife project.

Carolina has worked in Germany, the United Kingdom, Colombia, and Singapore, in roles such as the Technical Manager of the Colombia Green Building Council, where she led the research and development of green building guidelines, policies and certification schemes, and as a Project Engineer at the Energy and Environmental Team of Tesco PLC.

Carolina is fluent in English, German, and Spanish. She is based in North Carolina, USA.