Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change & Founder of Global Optimism Ltd
Christiana Figueres was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010 to 2016.
Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and an internationally recognised leader on climate change.
During her tenure at the UNFCCC, Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. For this achievement, Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy and received multiple awards.
Since then Ms. Figueres has continued to accelerate the global response to climate change. She is the co-founder of Global Optimism, co-host of the podcast 'Outrage & Optimism' and is the co-author of the recently published book, 'The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis.'
Ms. Figueres sits on multiple executive and advisory boards and is a frequent public speaker and media commentator. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the London School of Economics. She lives in Costa Rica and has two fantastic daughters.