Friends of COP

The “Friends of COP”, bring expertise from countries across six continents, including France, Barbados, Chad, Australia, India and Peru. They will advise the UK Government and inspire action from their sectors ahead of the conference. 

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Ms Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) Coordinator

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Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor of Los Angeles; Chair of the C40 Cities

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Mr Justin Adams

Co-Director, Nature Based Solutions, World Economic Forum and Executive Director, Tropical Forest Alliance

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Professor Corinne Le Quéré FRS CBE

Royal Society Research Professor of Climate Change Science at the University of East Anglia

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Sir Graham Wynne

Senior Fellow with the World Resources Institute

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Mr James Cameron

Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Senior Advisor to Pollination and SYSTEMIQ

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Professor Jyoti K Parikh

Executive Director of Integrated Research and Action for Development

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Mr Manuel Pulgar-Vidal

Climate & Energy Global Practice Leader at World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF International

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Ms Christiana Figueres

Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

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Ms Laurence Tubiana

COP21 Sherpa, CEO ECF

Laurence Tubiana is CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF). In addition, she is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the French Development Agency (AFD). Before joining the ECF, Laurence was France’s Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for COP21, and as such a key architect of the Paris Agreement. Following COP21, she was appointed High Level Champion for Climate Action. Laurence founded in 2002 and directed until 2014 the Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). She has held academic positions at Columbia University, and has been a member of numerous boards and scientific committees.

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Mr Jim Skea CBE

Professor of Sustainable Energy, Imperial College London

Jim Skea CBE is Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College London with research interests in energy, climate change and technological innovation. He is Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III for the 6th assessment cycle. He was Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre 2004-12 and Director of the Policy Studies Institute 1998-2004. He was a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change from its inception in 2008 until 2018. He is currently chairing Scotland’s Just Transition Commission. Until June 2017, he was President of the UK Energy Institute.

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Ms Nathalie Seddon

Professor of Biodiversity, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Nathalie Seddon is Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford. She is also Founding Director of the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, an interdisciplinary programme of research, policy advice, and education aimed at increasing understanding of the effectiveness of nature-based solutions to global challenges. After training as an evolutionary ecologist at Cambridge University, she developed broad research interests in understanding the origins and maintenance of biodiversity and its relationship with global change.  She is also Senior Associate of the International Institute for Environment and Development and advises governments, UN agencies and businesses on Nature-based Solutions.

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Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Chair, Board of Gavi and African Risk Capacity

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is an economist and international development expert with over 30 years of experience. She is Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and of the African Risk Capacity (ARC). She is Co-Chair of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and also Co-Chair of the Board of Lumos, a small-cap renewable energy company. She also sits on the Boards of Standard Chartered PLC and Twitter Inc. She was recently appointed as AU Special Envoy to mobilise International support for the fight against COVID-19 and WHO Special Envoy for Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator.

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Mr Nick Mabey

Chief Executive of E3G

Nick Mabey is Chief Executive and a founder director of E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism) a non-profit European organisation dedicated to accelerating the transition to sustainable development. In addition to his management role, Nick works on European climate and energy policy, climate diplomacy and foreign policy, and the security implications of climate change and resource scarcity. Nick was previously a senior advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit leading work on energy, climate change, countries at risk of instability, organised crime and fisheries. Before he joined the UK government, Nick was Head of Economics and Development at WWF-UK. Nick is currently serving on the London Sustainable Development Commission and as a trustee of the Ashden Awards.

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Mr Selwin Hart

Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team

Mr Selwin Hart is currently the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action, and ensures delivery of the Secretary‑General’s priorities on climate change. Before his appointment, Selwin Hart served as the Executive Director for the Caribbean region at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). He was previously the Ambassador to the United States and the Organization of American States for Barbados and Director of the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team, leading the team’s delivery of the 2014 Climate Summit and the Secretary-General’s engagement in the process leading to the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change.


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