Harlem holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a major in Public Policy (Middlebury College, USA), a Master’s degree in Economics with a minor in Public Policy Management (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos) and participated in the Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development extension course (Columbia University), among others.
She has work experience in the public and non-governmental sector, especially at environmental management, forest management and climate change, and strengthening the gender and intercultural approach in the implementation of environmental public policies at the subnational and national level. As a consultant on climate change, forests and indigenous peoples’ rights, she has contributed to the National Organization of Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Women of Peru (ONAMIAP) with the implementation and design of projects for the integrated management of climate change and the implementation of REDD+ in the Peruvian Amazon, in addition to providing technical advice on the prior consultation process of the Regulations of the Framework Law on Climate Change. She has been technical advisor in the development of participatory monitoring instruments for multi-stakeholder spaces for landscape governance in the Amazon with the International Center for Forestry Research (CIFOR).
After a year working with the Ministry of Environment of Peru as a consultant for UN REDD+, Harlem studied an MSc in Climate Change, Development and Public Policy at the University of Sussex (UK). Currently, Harlem is a consultant on issues related to social safeguards in projects related to climate change and forest management.