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Laurence Tubiana appointed as CEO of the European Climate Foundation


December 20, 2016, The Hague – The European Climate Foundation today announced the appointment of Laurence Tubiana as Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, starting March 1st, 2017. Dr Tubiana will succeed Dr Johannes Meier who has held the position for six years and has resigned for family reasons.

Caio Koch-Weser, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the ECF said: “We are immensely proud to announce the appointment of Laurence Tubiana to lead the ECF in the wake of her globally recognized role in securing the Paris Climate Agreement last year. Paris has set a new context and level of ambition for our work to promote a prosperous low-carbon future for Europe. Laurence is a leading thinker globally on the necessary transformation to mitigate dangerous climate change. It is a credit to the work of Johannes and the team over the past years that the ECF can attract a CEO of such exceptional calibre.”

Laurence Tubiana said: “I have long admired the important work of the Foundation and have worked with Johannes Meier and many of his colleagues over the years. In these turbulent political times, and given the urgency with which we need to decarbonize our economies, it is with determination and great excitement that I am taking on this new challenge.”

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About Laurence Tubiana:

Laurence Tubiana is a French economist and diplomat. She was appointed French ambassador for international climate negotiations in connection with the 2015 COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris. She founded and has headed the Paris-based Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), is a professor at Sciences Po, and served as senior adviser on the environment to the former French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. She was a Professor at Columbia University in New York and has been responsible for conducting international environmental negotiations for the French government and has also been a member of the Economic Analysis Council (Conseil d’analyse économique) attached to the French Prime Minister’s office.

About the European Climate Foundation:

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was established in early 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to help Europe foster the development of a low-carbon society and play an even stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change. For more information visit