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Sam Bickersteth - Chief Executive Officer

Sam Bickersteth

Sam has led CDKN, a global alliance of southern and northern organisations delivering innovative solutions for climate compatible development in developing countries since 2011. He has established CDKN as a leading global, multi-donor funded programme supporting developing country decision-makers. Through over 200 technical assistance, research and knowledge management projects in 70 countries CDKN has provided assistance on climate policies, planning and finance, climate related disasters and international negotiations.

Sam is an agricultural economist with a background in food security, natural resources and climate change, having previously worked for DFID and Oxfam. From 2006 to 2010 he was head of programme policy at Oxfam and previously held leadership positions in DFID including as Head of DFID Bolivia. Sam has lived in Africa, South Asia and Latin America in his roles as researcher, policy adviser and programme manager. He is a Director in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Sustainability and Climate Change team, a Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University and adviser to the London School of Economics/Leeds University Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP).



Sam Bickersteth's content

OPINION: Did COP23 keep the canoe on course?

The CDKN team reports on what climate negotiators achieved on the latest round of talks in Bonn, Germany: COP23. By Sam Bickersteth, Marisa Donnelly, Toby Morris and Kiran Sura. The annual [more]…

OPINION: COP23 - ‘Island COP’ highlights the need to accelerate global efforts

Sam Bickersteth, Kiran Sura and Mairi Dupar anticipate the detailed and difficult issues in front of negotiators at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany (6-17 November 2017). Next week, thousands [more]…

OPINION: Taking action on climate change – why we should all celebrate the International Day of the Girl

Taking action to educate and empower girls is a vital step on the way to tackling climate change effectively, says CDKN's Chief Executive Sam Bickersteth on 11th October, the International [more]…

FEATURE: A six point plan for moving forward on climate compatible development

The following essay by Sam Bickersteth, CDKN's Chief Executive, is excerpted from and builds on his opening speech from the CDKN London Conference, July 2017. Read the first part of [more]…

OPINION: Paris Agreement - Its toughest test yet

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN's Chief Executive, and Kiran Sura, Head of Negotiations Support, respond to the announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. After months of speculation, President [more]…

OPINION: COP22 - Climate leaders sustain momentum in Marrakech

Sam Bickersteth and Daphne Amevenu of CDKN provide a round-up of highlights at COP22 in Marrakech, 7-18 November. COP22 attendees arrived in Marrakech hoping to maintain the momentum of Paris with [more]…

FEATURE: Legal community to bolster Paris Agreement implementation

CDKN's Sam Unsworth, with Sam Bickersteth, Mairi Dupar and Kiran Sura, report on how the legal community is mobilising to ensure that the ambitious Paris climate agreement gets translated to into [more]…

OPINION: Major milestone reached for Paris Agreement – now it is time for real action

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN's Chief Executive, responds to the news that enough countries have ratified the Paris Agreement for it to enter into force on 4 November 2016. It is now official: [more]…

OPINION: Implementing the NDCs - early progress towards transformational change

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN's Chief Executive, takes stock of developing countries' progress toward implementing the climate pledges they made at the Paris summit in December 2015. The Paris climate talks marked a [more]…

PROJECT: New science to help Asian, African societies prepare for extreme weather

Find out what CDKN's Asian and African leaders are saying about this initiative Sign up to receive bulletins about extreme weather attribution Donate computing time to help run [more]…

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