About Us

About Us

Polen Transiciones Justas is a think tank dedicated to informing and influencing public policy and decision-making processes in Colombia. Our core mission is to advocate for just transitions, striving to establish a society that is both equitable and resilient in the context of climate change. Our approaches are rooted in empirical data, verifiable facts, active engagement with various stakeholders, inclusive participation of diverse communities, and an open and constructive dialogue with civil society.


Our Mission

Promoting just and inclusive transitions towards a sustainable energy system that brings benefits to all Colombians. Through our efforts, we aim to contribute to a more equitable and resilient society in the face of climate change, using energy as a catalyst for this transformative journey.

Nuestra visión

Para el año 2030, Polen Transiciones Justas espera ser reconocido por parte de entidades públicas, sindicatos, trabajadores, comunidades y sociedad civil por la calidad de sus documentos y actividades, siendo un actor clave en el cambio colectivo y gradual hacia un futuro posfósil más justo.

María Elena holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey, and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from Universidad de los Andes. Prior to joining POLEN, she served as a researcher in Colombia, Mexico, and Germany, contributing her expertise at institutions such as the Technological University of Bolivar, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and the United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material and Resource Flows. During her research career, María Elena focused on projects related to the atmospheric effects of various energy sectors, including transportation and coal mining. Additionally, she worked on assessing the impacts of coal mining on the progression towards just and equitable transitions. You can get in touch with María Elena at maria.huertas@polentj.org.

María Elena Huertas