Mark Kenber has worked on climate change for fifteen years and is an expert on international climate policy. Before becoming CEO, Mark was The Climate Group’s Deputy CEO (2010) and International Policy Director (2004-2010), and has played a pivotal role within the organisation for six years. Mark has been instrumental in developing The Climate Group’s global network and operations in India and China, and directed ground-breaking projects with the international finance, energy, technology and aviation sectors.
Mark advised former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock (2008-2009), which produced a series of high-level reports outlining the economic and technological rationale for a global climate deal and its key components. He is also a carbon markets expert and co-founded the successful Verified Carbon Standard (formerly Voluntary Carbon Standard) (VCS), now the most popular kitemark for the $400 million voluntary market. He continues to be involved as Deputy Chair of the VCS Association.
Immediately prior to joining The Climate Group, Mark was Senior Policy Officer for WWF’s International Climate Change Programme, focusing on carbon market and finance issues. During this time he led the creation of the CDM Gold Standard, a tool for channeling carbon market investments into sustainable clean energy projects, and participated in the European Climate Change Programme working group responsible for the design of the EU ETS. 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 currently sits on the Climate Change Advisory Council at Zurich Insurance (since 2009), BP’s target-neutral Assurance and Advisory Panel (since 2007); the Climate Policy Editorial Advisory Board (since 2005); and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change Steering Committee (since 2005).
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.
Mark has an Honours degree in Economics and an MPhil in Development Studies. He lives in Brighton and is married with one daughter.
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