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Credentials

The Fund is a unique global platform to respond to climate change by investing in low-emission and climate-resilient development. GCF was established by 194 governments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in developing countries, and to help vulnerable societies adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Given the urgency and seriousness of this challenge, the Fund is mandated to make an ambitious contribution to the united global response to climate change.
 
GCF is accountable to the United Nations. It is guided by the principles and provisions of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is governed by a Board of 24 members, comprising an equal number of members from developing and developed countries.
 
The Green Climate Fund is the only stand-alone multilateral financing entity whose sole mandate is to serve the Convention and that aims to deliver equal amounts of funding to mitigation and adaptation. 

Management Management

Management

Howard
Bamsey,
Executive Director

Howard Bamsey is the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund. He was appointed by the GCF Board at its 14th meeting and took office on 10 January 2017. He is the second Executive Director of the Fund.

Ambassador Bamsey has spent most of his career in international diplomacy and public service. He is a widely recognized negotiator in the global response to climate change who co-chaired the United Nations ‘Dialogue on Long-term Cooperative Action on Climate Change by Enhancing Implementation of the Convention’.

Mr. Bamsey’s role in this body helped shape a strategic approach to advance the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including on adaptation and the use of technology and market mechanisms.

As a representative of the government of Australia, he served in main United Nations centres, including New York, Geneva and Vienna. During his 30 years in the Australian Foreign Service he also served as Special Adviser on Sustainable Development to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and as Special Adviser on Green Growth to AusAID. Earlier in his career, he was Australia’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, a function held at Ambassadorial level, as well as a Deputy Secretary in the Australian Public Service and CEO of the Australian Greenhouse Office.

Before joining the Green Climate Fund, Howard Bamsey was Honorary Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. Concurrently, he was Special Adviser to Baker and McKenzie and Special Representative for GNIplus, a consortium helping countries implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to climate action.

Between 2013 and 2014, Mr. Bamsey was Director General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) which, like the Green Climate Fund, is based in the Republic of Korea.

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Ousseynou
Nakoulima,
Director

Ousseynou Nakoulima is the Director of Country Programming at GCF. He spent 15 years working for development organizations and international financial institutions, most notably at the African Development Bank and BNP Paribas Group. He previously led the structuring and financing of large infrastructure projects, particularly in South Africa, Morocco, and Rwanda. With a civil engineering and management background, Ousseynou has a degree from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines (France) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (USA). 

Ayaan
Adam,
Director

Ayaan is the Director of the Private Sector Facility. She brings to GCF over 20 years of investment and portfolio management experience with private sector financial institutions, private equity and venture capital across emerging and frontier markets. Since 2014, Ayaan has been serving as an independent senior advisor to a number of leading sustainable investment institutions, including Oikocredit International. In addition to serving as Managing Director of Africa Funds at UK-based CDC Group Plc, she spent 17 years at the International Finance Corporation. Ayaan holds an M.Sc. in Finance and Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management (1994), and Bachelor degrees in mathematics and economics from Clark University (1990).

Juan Carlos
Mendoza,
Head

Juan Carlos Mendoza is the acting Head of GCF’s Mitigation and Adaptation Division. He has a twenty-year long career in international organizations and financial sector consulting. At the World Bank, Juan Carlos was Operations Manager for the Pacific Islands country department, overseeing climate change adaptation projects. As a Senior Advisor at the World Bank’s Global Partnerships Vice-Presidency, he worked with other multilateral funds to support global environmental, health, and education goals. Earlier in his career, he was a Senior Manager at Oliver Wyman, a financial consulting firm. Juan Carlos holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Aerospace Engineering from, respectively, the Georgia Institute of Technology and MIT, as well as a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University (USA).

Javier
Manzanares,
Director

Javier Manzanares is the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Support Services at GCF. He previously served as Director and Representative of the UN Office for Project Services of the MERCOSUR region, based in Argentina. He was formerly Division Manager of Investment and Development Banking at the Central American Bank for Economic Integration. Javier also worked as an Executive VP for two privately held banks of Grupo Fierro. His career in banking and finance began with Banco Santander/BSCH in California. Javier holds a dual MBA from Northwestern University/Kellogg (USA), and an EMBA from Hong Kong University of Sciences & Technology (China).

Carolina
Fuentes,
Secretary to
the Board

Carolina Fuentes is the Secretary to the Board at GCF. She was formerly Deputy Director General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Mexico, where she was in charge of climate change, international cooperation, and engagement with economic and environmental organizations such as the OECD and CEC. She previously worked as Director for Climate Change in the same ministry where she represented Mexico in international climate change negotiations. Carolina holds a Master degree in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford (UK).

Rutger
de Witt Wijnen,
General
Counsel

Rutger de Witt Wijnen is the General Counsel at GCF. Formerly a partner at the Amsterdam office of the international law firm Simmons & Simmons LLP, he specializes in finance and energy law, including carbon finance and climate change law. Rutger was previously a partner at a major Dutch law firm, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, where he became involved in carbon finance. He has acted for governments, multilaterals, international financing institutions, and private sector companies in a variety of climate change matters. As a member of several advisory committees, he was at the forefront of developments in carbon markets. Rutger has a degree from Leiden University (Netherlands).

Structure Structure

Structure

The GCF Secretariat is fully independent. It has effective management capabilities to execute the day-to-day operations of the Fund and is accountable to the Board. The GCF Secretariat is rapidly developing its institutional, managerial and technical capacity that enables it to deliver an extensive work programme.

GCF’s current structure focusses on each of the Fund’s operational priorities, including country dialogue, readiness support, mitigation and adaptation, and private sector engagement. The structure of the Secretariat will evolve over time, including in relation to future Board decisions on the overall governance structure of the Fund.


Today, GCF has about 100 staff members at its headquarters, including consultants. Some limited support is being provided offsite, in other countries. With close to a 50/50 balance between men and women, 30+ nationalities, and many more languages spoken, the Fund is an institution that speaks and acts for all people on the planet.

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Headquarters


Songdo, Republic of Korea

The Green Climate Fund is headquartered in Songdo, Incheon City, Republic of Korea, where it opened its doors in December 2013. The GCF Board selected Songdo as the host city following an open bid process that saw six countries submit host country proposals. The Headquarters Agreement between the Republic of Korea and GCF was signed in June 2013 and entered into force in August 2013.

Songdo is a planned city, built on reclaimed land and part of the Incheon Free Economic Zone. It is located some 65 km southwest of Seoul and lies within close proximity to Incheon International Airport (ICN). The offices of GCF are located in G-Tower, an eco-friendly building that is also home to several United Nations agencies.

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