Maria Protz, a Jamaican-Canadian, is a Communication for Development (C4D) and Gender/Diversity & Inclusion specialist with over 25 years of experience in the CARICOM region.
She focuses on climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in sectors like agriculture, energy, water, health, and the environment. Currently, she is involved in various projects in the Caribbean, including being a gender & communication specialist for the UNDP EnGenDER Pilot Project, working on the Formative Evaluation of the CDEMA project, and revising the Antigua and Barbuda Disaster Management Plan. She is also part of the INSUCO consulting team for the Sustainable Public Transport System project and will join the E.Co. Consulting team for the ADAPT Jamaica project. In 2022, she developed a Guidance Framework Document for behavior change communication strategies and led a baseline survey for the French Red Cross. Dr. Protz has contributed to initiatives such as developing a gender mainstreaming protocol for Jamaica’s DRR and CC planning, creating a communication strategy for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, and conducting KAP studies for the Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund. She has also designed communication strategies for the Blue Economy and climate change investments.
She actively serves as a board member of the White River Marine Sanctuary.