Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change
Christiana Figueres was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, and reappointed for a second three year term in July 2013.
Ms. Figueres has been involved in climate change negotiations since 1995. Initially, a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team, she was subsequently a member of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism, and Vice President of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties.
She is a widely published author on the design of climate solutions, and has been a frequent adviser to the private sector, and lecturer at many universities and colleges. Ms. Figueres has also served on many boards of non-governmental organizations involved in climate change issues. In 1995, Ms. Figueres founded the Centre for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA); she also served as Director of the Technical Secretariat, Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA).
Ms. Figueres holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University.