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NEWS: Climate and Development Knowledge Network appoints Sam Bickersteth as new CEO


The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has announced that Sam Bickersteth will be its new Chief Executive. He will take up the position in early January.

CDKN is a UK and Dutch-funded programme, created to help developing countries tackle the challenges posed by climate change. It supports decision-makers in designing and delivering ‘climate compatible development’ – policies that enable countries to grow, prosper and tackle poverty, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. CDKN does this by funding research, technical advice and knowledge management.

Sam Bickersteth is an agricultural economist by training, who has worked in research, programme, policy and management positions for DFID, Oxfam, the European Commission, and the Natural Resources Institute. He has held long-term posts in Sudan, Pakistan, Nepal, Mozambique and Bolivia. He is currently a Senior Policy Adviser, working at DFID on climate change mitigation and adaptation in the field of agriculture.

Speaking in London, Sam Bickersteth said: ‘I am delighted to have the opportunity of leading CDKN. The organisation has already shown its added value, supporting policy-makers in more than 16 countries as they work to tackle climate change. I am determined that CDKN’s research and evidence-based contributions will help policy-makers deliver environmental sustainability, appropriate responses to climate change and faster progress in poverty reduction’.

Simon Maxwell, CDKN Executive Chair, said: ‘Sam Bickersteth is a great appointment for CDKN. His technical expertise and geographical range are particular strengths. His leadership experience in a variety of organisations will help cement CDKN’s relationships with official and non-official agencies. Sam shares our strong commitment to climate compatible development. We wish him all success as he leads the development and growth of CDKN in the coming months and years’.

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