UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Mauricio Belaunde

Mauricio graduated from our Science, Engineering and Public Policy MPA in 2019. He currently works as a Project Manager at the energy and climate think tank, Agora Energiewende in Brussels.

Headshot of alumnus, Mauricio Belaunde
What attracted you to the Department of STEaPP at UCL?

Coming from of civil engineering, STEaPP offered the perfect entrance to the world of public policy to pursue my growing interest in shaping societal change at a higher level. Bridging the gap between engineering and public policy was the missing link that would allow me apply my technical experience and participate in shaping evidence-based policy-making processes.

What was your favourite aspect of your course? 

The modular structure of the programme and the wide range of expertise I found both within the STEaPP department and the cohort provided an ideal setting to pursue individual interests and policy issues while making the important connections to different policy areas. Through the very interactive nature of the programme I got the most out of the diverse backgrounds and unique expertise from the cohort, teaching staff, and invited guest speakers.

What did you enjoy most about studying in London?

I very much enjoyed London's unique and vibrant character, both culturally and intellectually. Being at the heart of global thinking and discussions on policy making in a global city such as London was a great motivational driver to engage with different actors and to expand my horizon.

Please provide your current job title and the name of your organisation.

I currently work as Project Manager at the energy and climate think tank Agora Energiewende in Brussels, where I focus on European hydrogen policy. Previously I spent two years at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action working on energy policy after graduating from STEaPP.

How has your degree at STEaPP shaped your experiences since leaving UCL?

My experience at STEaPP is what gave me the necessary tools and skills to successfully make the transition to policymaking. After graduating from STEaPP I had the chance to put my gained skills to practice in civil service, where I particularly valued my experience in effectively drawing on scientific evidence in a technical field of energy policy.

What advice would you give to current or prospective students?

Make the most of your time in London and at UCL, where you will be surrounded by experienced experts from a wide range of disciplines. Going beyond simply completing coursework and engaging with the many opportunities on offer at UCL will be of great benefit to your personal and professional development.