ABOUT

SINFRANOVA

WHY SINFRANOVA?

Sinfranova is a consulting company born at the intersection between research and practice, with the aim to support the implementation efforts around sustainable infrastructure. What international institutions such as the United Nations refers to as the “decade of action”, calls for scaling up and accelerating investment in infrastructure projects, strengthening upstream policy and institutional frameworks, developing better projects, and build the capacity to make this happen. As such, Sinfranova is committed to helping advance the sustainability agenda for a better future for all. 

OUR VALUES

HIGHEST PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

  • observe high ethical standards

  • preserve client confidences

  • maintain an independent perspective

SUPPORT OUR CLIENTS VISION TO ACHIEVE ABETTER FUTURE 

  • bring innovations in management practice to clients

  • build client capabilities to sustain improvement

  • build enduring relationships based on trust

CREATE AN UNRIVALED ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE

  • be nonhierarchical and inclusive

  • sustain a caring meritocracy

  • develop one another through apprenticeship and mentoring

MEET THE TEAM 

Cristina Contreras Casado

Founder and Managing Director

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Cristina Contreras Casado is the Founder & Managing Director of Sinfranova. With 15 years of experience, Cristina has worked in the private sector, including construction and engineering companies, and in academia through her work as a researcher and instructor at Harvard University. During her 8 years as a Research Associate at Harvard University, Cristina has helped develop tools and frameworks to quantify sustainability in infrastructure projects leading to more than 40 global infrastructure projects around the world. In her efforts to promote sustainable infrastructure, she has collaborated as an independent expert consultant for international organizations such as the Inter American Development Bank, Brookings Institute in Washington D.C, and GIZ in Germany, among others.

Cristina is a member of several working groups in infrastructure sustainability including the “United Nations Environment Programme’s Expert Working Group on integrated approaches to sustainable infrastructure” and American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE), “Sustainable Infrastructure Standards Committee - Leadership Writing Group” and the “Planning Committee on Global Sustainability.”

Julia Carvalho Fernandes 

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Sustainable Infrastructure Consultant 

Julia Carvalho is a licensed architect, a sustainable infrastructure consultant, and a certified Envision (ENV SP) professional. Julia has worked as a researcher at Harvard University, where she has collaborated in the analysis of sustainability in infrastructure since 2015. Since then Julia has participated in various research projects in Brazil and other countries in the Latin American region. She has a Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil and from the Institute of Technology of New York, a Diploma in Project Management from Harvard and ILSC Greystone College in Australia.

Ana Navarrete Martinez

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Corporate Sustainability Consultant

Ana Navarrete has been a Corporate Sustainability Consultant for Sinfranova since 2019. For 7 years, Ana worked at ING Bank’s Sustainability department collaborating in the implementation of social, environmental, and institutional actions focused on integrating sustainability into ING’s business processes. Ana had a central role in implementing sustainability between ING and UNICEF in Spain, as well as the bank's environmental and social performance analysis for ING’s annual participation in Sustainability rankings. Additionally, Ana collaborated with ING's corporate banking area, disseminating the advice and financial support they offer to companies to help them transition towards a sustainable economy.

ADVISORY BOARD

Amar Bhattacharya

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Senior Fellow - Brookings Institution

Amar Bhattacharya is Senior Fellow at the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings Institution. His focus areas are the global economy, development finance, global governance, and the links between climate and development with a focus on the role of sustainable infrastructure. He also co-leads the Sustainable Finance and Growth Initiative of the New Climate Economy. From April 2007 until September 2014 he was Director of the Group of 24. Prior to that, Mr. Bhattacharya had a long-standing career in the World Bank. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Delhi and Brandeis University and his graduate education at Princeton University.