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Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres

Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change & Founder of Global Optimism Ltd

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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.