Laurence Tubiana brings decades of expertise and experience in climate change, energy, agriculture and sustainable development, working across government, think tanks, NGOs and academia. She is CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), a major philanthropic initiative that has worked since 2008 to help Europe foster the development of a low-carbon society. In addition, she is the Chair of the Board of Governors at the French Development Agency (AFD. Before joining the ECF, Laurence was France’s Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for COP21, and as such a key architect of the landmark Paris Agreement. Following COP21, she was appointed High Level Champion for Climate Action by the UN.
Tubiana started her career in France working on agriculture and sustainable development. She served as Research Director for the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), and founded and directed the Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). From 1997 to 2002, she served as Senior Adviser on the Environment to the French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, and from 2009 to 2010, created and led the newly established Directorate for Global Public Goods at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE). President Macron appointed her to France’s High Council on Climate Change in 2018. Tubiana has also held academic positions including Professor and Scientific Director for the International Development and Environmental Studies Master degrees at Sciences Po, Paris, and Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University, New York.