Simone Unanue is an architect and urbanist graduate from Brazil. Whilst she’s Brazilian, she’s currently working out of Australia to develop the ISO 20121 compliance for event supplier Splashdown. She has professional experience as an architect, consultant and lecturer in sustainability for the built environment, including environmental certifications and the development of broader sustainable projects, buildings and planned communities. She is a LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction, with a MBA on Sustainable Construction and currently studying Project Management.
She recently worked for the Rio2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Initially involved in developing and implementing the Sustainable Supply Chain Programme during the Games planning phase, and later as a Sustainability Operations Manager for the Equestrian Olympic Centre and co-responsible for the whole Deodoro cluster, home to ten different sports venues. During this period, she elaborated and executed the Sustainability Management Plan for the entire area, liaised with other departments and stakeholders and prepared the Equestrian venue and team for the ISO20121 Event Sustainability Management Systems audit process, among many other responsibilities. Before that, she worked as a sustainability consultant for the building sector, responsible for the certification of mid and large-sized projects (HQE, LEED NC/CS/ND), focusing on urban scale developments including Rio 2016’s Athletes’ Village (first LEED ND certified project in Latin America) and the Olympic Park’s legacy mode.
She is a passionate professional when talking about the sustainability agenda, and hopes she can contribute towards a more conscious society!