Born in Havana, Handy Acosta Cuellar has a track history as a young leader in the field of the environment and youth participation in Cuba. In 2007, he was elected Regional Youth Advisor by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The same year he obtained a degree in Education with specializations in environmental education and sustainable development from Havana Pedagogical University, and became a member of the Cuban National Environmental Education Network. He was a member of the Cuban non-governmental delegation to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. In 2012 he was awarded the Jeanne Sauvé Fellowship to study and research at McGill University, Canada. He finished an M.A. in Romance Languages at the University of New Orleans and currently is a Ph.D. candidate at the Stone Center of Latin American studies. His research explores the connections between environment, education, and technology and media use in Cuba in the last decade, especially after the “La Batalla de Ideas” process.