Kate Hampton became CEO of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) in March 2016, after having served since 2009 as Executive Director of the CIFF Climate Change team. Ms Hampton was the first CIFF Executive Director for Climate Change. During her seven years leading the team, Ms Hampton built a global grant portfolio of advocacy and technical assistance programmes. CIFF is now one of the world’s leading climate philanthropies, and played an important role in strengthening civil society and supporting ambitious government policies in China, Europe, Latin America, and throughout global megacities in the lead up to the historic 2015 Paris Agreement. Ms Hampton serves on a number of boards, including the European Climate Foundation Supervisory Board, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and the Fundaciόn Climática de México.
Ms Hampton’s career includes positions in government, finance, consulting, and NGOs. Before joining CIFF she was Head of Policy at Climate Change Capital (CCC) – a boutique investment firm with $1.5 billion under management – and advised asset managers and multinational companies on clean energy opportunities. She has also advised policy-makers in a number of roles, including as Senior Policy Advisor for the UK’s G8 and EU presidencies in 2005, and as a Sherpa to the 2007 EU High-Level Group on Competitiveness, Energy, and Environment. Ms Hampton was also Head of the Climate Change Campaign for Friends of the Earth (FoE) International; and managed the Green Alliance (GA) Green Globe Network, a civil society advisory group to the UK Foreign Office.
Earlier in her career Ms Hampton worked at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and Environmental Resources Management (ERM). In 2008, she was named a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader. She holds a BSc from the London School of Economics and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She speaks French and Spanish fluently.