Thomas Legge is a Director in the ECF’s sectoral teams, currently focusing on scoping out the ECF’s potential new work in the land-use sector. He is based in Brussels. Thomas’s career has been at the intersection of public policy, civil society and expert advice, and he is particularly interested in the role of philanthropy in bringing these different groups together to allow society to address the challenges of climate change.
He formed part of energy and climate programmes at think tanks and foundations in Washington, D.C. (the German Marshall Fund of the United States), London (Chatham House) and Brussels (the Centre for European Policy Studies). He worked in an advisory capacity to the Irish government at Comhar, Ireland’s Sustainable Development Council. He also has experience in technical assistance and in the challenges of economic and political transition from his time working on democratisation, good governance and human rights in the European Commission’s delegation to Georgia and Armenia, based in Tbilisi. For three years he was the ECF’s Director of External Relations director, and before that he formed part of the ECF’s team in Brussels working on climate policy.
He has a personal interest in urbanism and in community solutions to societal problems.