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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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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Ms Sharan Burrow

General Secretary of International Trade Union Confederation

Sharan Burrow is the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 332 national affiliates. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 – 2010, Sharan is a passionate advocate and campaigner for social justice, women’s rights, the environment and labour law reforms, and has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and labour rights campaigns in her home country of Australia and globally.

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Sir Ian Cheshire

Non-Executive Director, Barclays PLC and Chairman, Barclays UK

Sir Ian was appointed as a non-exec Director of Barclays PLC and Chairman of Barclays UK in April 2017. He is also non-executive director BT Group plc, Chairman Menhaden PLC and chair of Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund.   Previous appointments include Chairman of Debenhams, CEO of B&Q, Chairman Maisons du monde, and Lead Non-Executive Director for the Government . He was Chairman of the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, and chaired the Ecosystem Markets Task Force. Sir Ian was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to Business, Sustainability and the Environment.

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Dr Varun Sivaram

Visiting Senior Fellow, Columbia University Center for Global Energy Policy

Dr. Varun Sivaram is a physicist, bestselling author, and clean energy technology expert with experience spanning the corporate, policy, and academic sectors—most recently as Chief Technology Officer of ReNew Power, a multibillion-dollar renewable energy firm that is India’s largest. He is currently a visiting senior fellow at the Columbia University Center for Global Energy Policy. His previous roles include Director of the rnergy program at the Council on Foreign Relations, senior energy advisor to the Los Angeles Mayor and New York Governor. He serves on the boards of the Stanford University energy and environment institutes.