Lilliana Abarca

Senior Solid Waste Adviser


Project Manager

Lilliana Abarca holds an MSc in chemistry, and she is expecting a PhD in 2012 from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Lilliana has over 30 years of experience in training, project formulation, project coordination and training in areas related to solid and hazardous waste management, sanitation, drinking water, communication, and related environmental issues. Her experience has been acquired working with national and international cooperation agencies in various countries in the world, e.g. with GTZ in Ecuador, Colombia, and Costa Rica, with SIDA in Pakistan, Brasil and Costa Rica, with the World Bank in Costa Rica, with UNDP in Nicaragua, Bhutan and Peru, and in multi-country EU projects in South Asia.

Prior to moving to the Netherlands, Ms. Abarca held key teaching and senior management positions for 26 years at the Costa Rica Institute of Technology (ITCR) at San José, Costa Rica.

She is desk officer for WASTE programmes related to waste management and sanitation in Peru, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Suriname, and is directly involved in waste management projects in Indonesia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal.

She is also the co-ordinator of training and a specialist in gender and communication. Lilliana's languages of work are Spanish, English, Portuguese, and basic understanding of  Dutch