Laurence Tubiana, ECF CEO and key architect of the landmark Paris Agreement listed in the World’s 100 most influential people in Climate Policy in 2019

Wednesday the 20th of March – Apolitical, the peer-to-peer learning platform for government, today announced its inaugural list of the 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019.

At a time when young people everywhere are marching to demand action on climate, it’s more important than ever to celebrate and support those with the most power to act: the people influencing policy.

The European Climate Foundation is pleased to see its CEO listed. Laurence Tubiana, who as France’s climate ambassador was a main architect of the Paris climate agreement at COP21, chose to move to the European Climate Foundation because of the power of philanthropy in ensuring the Agreement’s implementation and given the critical role Europe must play in global climate leadership.

The global list celebrates politicians, civil servants, academics and activists. Those recognised include high-profile advocates whose work is indispensable to raising awareness and demanding change. Others are rising stars who are making their mark in local communities and are a driving force behind governmental progress.

On the list, you’ll find remarkable people including

  • Greta Thunberg — the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden who, within months, went from protesting outside parliament to addressing the UN Climate Change Conference
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — the youngest ever US congresswoman and lead advocate of the Green New Deal
  • Hilda Heine — the president of the Marshall Islands spearheading their quest to go carbon-neutral by 2050
  • David Attenborough — whose advocacy and widely-acclaimed programs have raised awareness of the devastating impacts of human society on the natural world

The 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy list was curated from nominations from hundreds of public servants as well as experts at UNDP, Harvard, Oxford, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Climate Action Network and more.

The need to reduce greenhouse gas emission is urgent. 174 countries and the EU agreed to act at the Paris Agreements. At Apolitical, we highlight the good work that government does and help it to become even better,” said Lisa Witter, Apolitical’s Executive Chairman. “By showcasing these climate policy leaders, we hope to encourage more collaboration and exchange to accelerate the effective response to the global climate threat.


Apolitical is a peer-to-peer learning platform for governments that puts the best solutions at the fingertips of public servants, wherever they are in the world. The platform is used by public servants and policymakers in more than 160 countries to connect with each other and to find original and curated content about what’s working in policymaking around the world, including on topics such as digital government and government innovation.