- Board member
- United Kingdom
Mark Kenber is an economist who has worked on climate change for nearly twenty years and is an expert on international climate policy. Before becoming CEO in 2011, Mark was The Climate Group’s Deputy CEO and Policy Director.
In his role as Policy Director, Mark advised former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock (2007-2009), which produced a series of high-level reports outlining the economic and technological rationale for a global climate deal and its key components. He also co-founded the successful Verified Carbon Standard (formerly Voluntary Carbon Standard - VCS), now the most popular kite mark for the $400 million voluntary carbon market.
Immediately prior to joining The Climate Group, Mark was Senior Policy Officer at WWF’s International Climate Change Programme, focusing on carbon market and finance issues. During this time he worked on the creation of the CDM Gold Standard, a tool for channelling carbon market investments into sustainable clean energy projects. He has also served as Director of Planning at Fundacion Natura, Ecuador’s largest environmental organization, and climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government.
Mark is also a longstanding member of the Climate Policy Editorial Advisory Board.
Mark has taught at universities in both the UK and Ecuador and is a frequent speaker at public events. He has published widely on environmental policy and climate change and is a regular commentator in the press. He lives in Brighton and is married with one daughter.