Maria Cristina Tirado, Ph.D., D.V.M., is President and Director of Climate Initiatives at the Sustainability Health and Education (SHE) Foundation, Co-Lead of the United Nations' FSS Alliance for Climate Resilient Food Systems, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA). She works at the interface between science and policy related to climate change, health, food, and sustainable development with UCLA, WHO, UNEP, UNFCCC, governments, and NGOs worldwide. Dr. Tirado's research focuses on the co-benefits to health of climate policies and the analysis of the integration of health around the UNFCCC work and the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. She holds a D.V.M., and is a Fulbright Scholar with a Ph.D. and an M.S. degree in Environmental Sciences from Cornell University. She has authored numerous research and policy publications and books.