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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: 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]…

OPINION: After Paris - Developing countries look first to their own resources to deliver agreement 

How are developing countries responding to the high ambitions in the Paris climate agreement? CDKN’s Sam Bickersteth and Mairi Dupar report on the diverse perspectives among countries where CDKN is [more]…

OPINION: Response from CDKN's global, regional and country leads to Paris Agreement

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN’s Chief Executive, introduces commentary on the Paris Agreement from CDKN's teams around the world. The Paris agreement frames future economic development pathways for the least developed and most [more]…

OPINION: COP21 draws to strong end with adoption of 1.5 degree goal

A landmark global agreement on climate change was adopted in Paris last night. Mairi Dupar, Global Public Affairs Coordinator, Kiran Sura, Head of Negotiations Support, and Sam Bickersteth, Chief Executive take [more]…

OPINION: COP21 countdown - The road to Paris and beyond

CDKN's Sam Bickersteth and Kiran Sura take stock of the political fault lines in the run-up to next month's Paris climate conference. With the Paris COP21 just weeks away old fault lines between developed [more]…

OPINION: Reflecting on Our Common Future Under Climate Change

CDKN's Helen Picot and Sam Bickersteth reflect on the pre-COP 21 science conference held in Paris last week; Our Common Future Under Climate Change. A bridge between science and policy Last week saw the largest [more]…

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