I work with government, business, civil society, academia, philanthropy and the media to catalyze bold collective action by all in our common pursuit of a low-carbon, climate-resilient and inclusive global economy.
I am principally an advocate and in my work I champion the cause of climate justice. At its core this aserts the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions consistent with holding global temperatures below 2°C above pre‐industrial levels; to enhance the adaptive capacity of communities on the frontline of climate risks; and to improve access to information, decision-making and justice to vulnerable and marginalized communities.
An advocate without an evidence base lacks credibility and so I also work as an analyst to build the case for climate leadership grounded in research excellence; and a forensic assessment of the drivers, challenges, barriers, and conditions that can incentivize or undermine public and private ambition on climate change. and a tailored understanding of the different stakeholders catalyzing the transition to a thriving clean economy.
Finally, I am a strategist. I take the time to craft tailored approaches to understanding climate risk, building resilience, and designing science-based reductions of greenhouse gases. I bring experience working directly with companies, governments, international organizations, civil society, think tanks, academics, scientists, multilateral development agencies and philanthropies. Over the years I have learned that co-creation, bringing together breadth and depth of expertise on issues, industries, and geographies, is the surest route to ambitious and successful climate strategies.
I have applied these skills for over 20 years with BSR, We Mean Business, The World Resources Institute, The World Bank, the Government of the Maldives, and the European Union. During this time I have helped to shape public policies, corporate strategies, UN resolutions, financial facilities, and have shaped the formation of new coalitions. I have brought a sense of purpose, a commitment to excellence and a focus on impact to every one of these role.
Climate change is far more than an environmental challenge. It is a profoundly human issue with immediate and far-reaching implications for jobs, homes, health, food, and lives. As a result, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has described climate change as a “human tragedy in the making.”
A successful transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and inclusive economy may on the other hand be a positive legacy that spans generations and is one day looked upon as the defining act of human progress of the 21st century. I am honored to be part of a community seeking to catalyze this transition and look forward to continuing to play my part as I move into the next phase of my career.