Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change secretariat, has a long and distinguished career in climate change and sustainability, having participated in the climate change negotiations since 1995.
Ms. Figueres has worked extensively with governments, non-governmental organizations and has been a frequent advisor to the private sector. She has served on boards of many non-governmental organizations involved in climate change and made important contributions to the literature on the design of the climate solutions.
Ms. Figueres holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University and an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Massachusetts. She was born in San José, Costa Rica in 1956 and has two daughters.