Sonia Valdivia

Programme Manager

World Resources Forum


Sonia Valdivia is a Programme Manager at the World Resources Forum since August 2014 on the areas of ‘sustainable recycling industries’ and ‘life cycle management’. She is also Steering Committee member of the UN Life Cycle Initiative and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee Member of the Consumer Information Program of the 10YFP on SCP since 2017. Before she was for 9 years Programme Officer at the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, and has coordinated the Secretariat of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. She holds an Honorary Professorship from the Leuphana University of Luneburg. She is also Editorial Board Member of the Int. Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. She has a PhD in environmental waste management and policies from the Technical University of Karlsruhe. She is co-author of the publications ‘From Worst to Good Practices in Metal Recycling (2018)’, on ‘Marine Litter Declaration for Marine Litter and LCA (2017)’, and UNEP/SETAC publications on ‘Global LCA Assessment and Network Expansion (2016)’, ‘Towards a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (2012)’, ‘Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment (2009)’, and ‘Life Cycle Management – How business uses it to decrease footprint, create opportunities and make value chains more sustainable (2010)’.


  • Programme Manager

    World Resources Forum