Rueda, Ximena

Ximena Rueda is Dean and Associate Professor at the School of Management at Universidad de Los Andes and Senior Research Fellow from EfD Colombia. She holds a PhD in Geography from Clark University (2007).   

She has recently (2023) been announced as co-chair of the new IPBES business and biodiversity assessment, which is a methodological assessment of the impact and dependence of business on biodiversity and nature's contributions to people for the next two years. 


Research interests 

Her research interests are the role of private-driven instruments for sustainability, the impacts of globalization on local ecosystems and rural communities, the relationship between global value chains and land use, and the design and implementation of private-driven mechanisms to advance sustainability in agricultural chains. She is also interested in analyzing global food systems, telecoupling of socio-ecological systems, and adaptation to climate change. 


She is currently supervising her first PhD student, and has supervised one female post-doc. She has  been a member of the PhD committee of three other students, two of them female. Currently she is working with two PhD student who got international grants to do fieldwork in Colombia. She is not their main supervisor, but she has had a key role in their funding opportunities and had open doors for them to do research in Colombia. All but two of the students she has worked with are young, promising, female scholars. 


She has received funding from the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems, EfD, the British Council, through the U.K. Newton-Caldas Fund, The Graduate School of Business and the Morrison Institute for Population and Resources at Stanford University. 

Policy engagement 

UTZ Certified, Amsterdam, Standards Committee Member (2011 – 2017)) 


Commisioner of CoSAI (Commision on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification), CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (2020-2021) 

Review Editor in Land, Livelihoods and Food Security, part of the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 

Fulbright scholar 

Recipient of grants and awards during my PhD studies: Barsa Scholarship for Latin American Women in the Sciences and the NASA MSU Professional Enhancement Award. 


People | 5 June 2018