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Sam Bickersteth

Sam led CDKN, a global alliance of southern and northern organisations delivering innovative solutions for climate compatible development in developing countries from 2011-17. He 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 was 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). He now leads Opportunity International.



Sam Bickersteth's content

FEATURE: Planetary Health – a framework for our times

On today, Earth Overshoot Day, Sam Bickersteth introduces a new book about planetary health and explains why it provides a fitting framework for more effective government and corporate policy in our times. [more]…

FEATURE: Nature-based solutions, climate change and the current crisis

The Nature-based Solutions (NbS) Digital Dialogues hosted by the University of Oxford convened virtually on 7-9th July 2020. Sam Bickersteth reports on key economics and governance issues highlighted in the debates. [more]…

FEATURE: A great IPCC report, another week of talking about climate change, but where’s the policy cohesion?

Sam Bickersteth of CDKN reports from this month's Chatham House climate change conference, which tackled the tough implications of the IPCC's Special Report on 1.5°C of global warming. [more]…

FEATURE: Momentum on climate action as UN gathers in New York

Sam Bickersteth reports on a tide of words and actions for low-carbon climate-resilient development at New York Climate Week - in parallel with the UN General Assembly. [more]…

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. [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 that will occupy negotiators during the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany (6-17 November 2017). [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 Day of the Girl. [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. [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. [more]…

FEATURE: Legal community to bolster Paris Agreement implementation

The CDKN team reports on how the legal community is mobilising to ensure that the ambitious Paris climate agreement gets translated to into action. [more]…

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