Nella Canales has experience as a development practitioner both with national and civil society organisations. Nella has a background in economics and recently completed a Masters in Climate Change and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the University of Sussex. Prior to joining ODI, Nella worked for CARE Peru as a Climate Change and Policy Advisor. During her time in CARE, Nella was responsible for giving technical assistance on adaptation into the organisation's programming and led CARE Peru's climate change strategy. Nella also worked with Peru's National Environmental Fund (FONAM), as an Environmental Economist, with Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.