Immaculada Miracle, graduated in International Development
Immaculada Miracle Montserrat, Graduates from International Development at PSIA, now works as International Officer at the Institut National de l’Energie Solaire.
After completing a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences in Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Immaculada started her Master in International Development at Sciences Po PSIA- with concentrations on Human Rights, Environment and European Studies. In parallel, and during her Master, she completed two additional trainings on Green Fiscal Reform Course and Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace, which have provided her tools to tackle fiscal consolidation, environmental protection and poverty reduction. With this large academic background, she has been able to combine theories and practices through different approaches.
What are you doing for work?
Both my academic and working experiences concentrate on bringing together multiple paradigms and stakeholders around inclusive and sustainable development. My first career- related experience was at the NGO Asociación Bienestar y Desarrollo (ABD) in Barcelona, where I contributed to building partnerships across six EU Member States and drafting a proposal for the Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Call “Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy”.
Afterwards, I consolidated alliances between the research community and the private sector, for example, working with two think tanks in Europe, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and the Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI).
Moreover, I have gained more practical experiences in fostering inter regional cooperation during my former working experience at the UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in Geneva, which brings together five UN agencies- UNEP, UNDP, ILO, UNIDO and UNITAR-. My main responsibility was nourishing South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation in 13 partner countries to reframe their economic practices around economic and environmental sustainability.
Nowadays, I work as International Officer at the Institut National de l’Énergie Solaire (INES) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
How did you secure this role?
Once I got familiar with the daily dynamics and challenges of these two institutions, it did not only secured but also contributed to reframe my role. Eventually, I have received opportunities of exciting projects, which, on the one side, has emphasized myself as a thinker and doer, and, on the other side, given me the chances of unprecedented national and global missions. What is your role and main responsibilities? My responsibilities as International Officer at the Institut National de l’Énergie Solaire (INES) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) can be categorised into three main fields. Firstly, I promote capacity-building and research alliances between INES and ISA, and Latin America, by creating collaborations between country’s Ministries, Chambers of Commerce, solar energy industries, NGOs, universities and laboratories. Secondly, I lead a project on solar pumping, focusing on the elaboration of quality guidelines and training programmes with European working groups and ISA member countries. Thirdly, I organize and advocate some international events such as BePositive, which will take place in February in Lyon, sponsored by INES, ISA and Forum Eurafric.
What is the most fascinating and/or surprising aspect at your role?
The most fascinating aspect of my role is having the opportunity to connect nature, perspectives and knowledge from the social, political and environmental realms through the solar energy projects. In order to reach the final achievement, my duty and responsibility involve meeting with various stakeholders from different disciplines, exchanging diverse viewpoints and planning collaborative actions.
How did your PSIA experience help you with the role?
PSIA is well-known for its international atmosphere and hard-working, ambitious and persistent work plan, which I devote myself to them and which I commit to transfer them into my current and future professional involvements. Especially, the most invaluable feature of my personal PSIA experience was the holistic approach of its programmes and multiple conferences from the faculty.
What advice would you give to others?
I do believe it is not actually a coincidence that this testimonial is going be published around Christmas time. Christmas is a reminder of the existence of magic in life. People tend to associate this Christmas spirit with different matters, but unfortunately not much to our jobs. My main advice would be to experience the magic in our daily working experiences and challenges, to discover magic in new adventures and to share this magic with others. I always invite everyone, including myself, to observe and think outside the box. These could be considered my second and third pieces of advice. And last but not least, do always think about others; how you can help them, how to collaborate to scale up our actions. I do not mind if it is a professor, doctor, project manager, clown or trash collector... we all should apply this mindset to our daily professions.