Jimena Leiva Roesch joined IPI in April 2015. From 2009 to March 2015, Jimena was at the Permanent Mission of Guatemala to the UN in New York, where she last served as Counselor. She was the lead negotiator for the sustainable development goals and the 2030 Agenda. She was also Guatemala’s focal point for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Jimena has represented the Group of 77 and China in negotiations at the UN. Jimena offers hands-on training on negotiations to new diplomats at the United Nations University in Tokyo and other institutions.
Jimena was an active member of Guatemala’s Security Council team from 2012-2013, when Guatemala was a non-permanent member. Jimena followed the Horn of Africa and the Sahel and the Sanctions Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992)/1907 (2009). She was also responsible for emerging issues, such as the security implications of climate change and the link between natural resources and conflict prevention.
She graduated from Wellesley College and her major was in Political Science. While at Wellesley, she focused on the impacts of globalization on rural communities.