Director of the International Climate Initiative
World Resources Institute
Edward Cameron is the Director of the International Climate Initiative. In this capacity Edward is tasked with shaping and executing an ambitious five-year strategy designed to inject urgency, ambition and innovation into the evolving global climate regime. In partnership with colleagues across the Climate and Energy Program, Edward works to catalyze low-carbon climate-resilient development through evidence-based approaches to mitigation, adaptation, technology and financing. Specific work focuses on the diffusion of clean technologies; the use of robust and transparent systems to measure, report and verify policy progress; and by thinking through adaptation approaches that reduce the vulnerability of people and communities to climate change impacts.
Prior to joining WRI, Edward worked at the World Bank’s Social Development Department, where he led initiatives on climate change, human rights and equity; designed a training course on vulnerability and resilience for development practitioners; and contributed to the preparation of Development Policy Loans. Before joining the Bank, Edward served as Senior Advisor on Climate Change to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives – designing the Ministry’s climate strategy, liaising with AOSIS partners, and managing relations with the US government and the World Bank. His proudest achievement with the Maldives was leading the Human Dimensions of Climate Change initiative, which was the first State-led process to link climate change with human rights and has resulted in two UN Human Rights Council Resolutions, the incorporation of human rights language into official UNFCCC texts, and a flurry of academic work examining the role of human rights in reducing vulnerability to climate change.
In addition to these two posts Edward spent eight years specializing in EU sustainable development policies in Brussels, most notably as Director of the European Regions Research and Innovation Network, which served as an interface between business, academia and regional government in the development of new technologies and practices.
Edward is a graduate of University College Dublin in Ireland, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and is currently finalizing his PhD thesis with Abo Akademi University in Finland.