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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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.