For the last 18 years, Yanu has been working in diverse environmental issues, sustainable tourism and community development. She has coordinated projects, worked for the private sector and has been a consultant for different local, national and international organziations. As a result, she has develop an integral vision and cultivated strong relationships based on trust with both public and civil society sectors. In association with her Polish husband Norbert, they opened and managed for five years an architecture and consultancy office.
Some of the most valuable aspects of her professional experience have been the possibility to work closely with people in rural
communities in her country, influence and advice regional programs affecting urban growth and services and having the opportunity and flexibility of working in an office or doing fieldwork on her own or through teamwork.
She´s an Environmental Science Engineer from the Catholic University of Honduras, holds a Masters of Science in Urban Environmental Management from IHS and Wageningen University and her best degree so far is being the mother of Santiago, a very communicative six year old boy. Yanu loves the energy of big developed cities but has been extremely happy in a small tropical island, with one main road and no traffic lights, and in a middle size coastal city. Photography, travelling, being close to nature and dancing salsa always make her smile.
Currently she is the environmental adviser of the solid bulk port terminal in Honduras and is part of the team in charge of elaborating San Pedro Sulas´ municipal master development plan. In July 2017, she moved with her family from Honduras to Poland and is trying really hard to learn the language and continue contributing, through her involvement in the IHS Alumni Board to "making cities work" ,keeping in mind that cities play an important role in biodiversity conservation. In the end cities are conformed by people and people, despite their nationality, age or gender, want to feel happy, safe and proud of the spaces they call home.