Irene Alvarado-Quesada is head of the Environmental Statistics Unit of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, and coordinates the Climate Change Strategic Analysis Group of the Central Bank. Irene holds a MSc. in International Development and an PhD in Environmental Economics , both from Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Her areas of expertise are game theory, environmental statistics, biodiversity conservation and environmental accounting. Irene has conducted research on market-based mechanisms for biodiversity conservation, international environmental agreements and spatial economic analysis.