New Executive Director takes office at the Green Climate Fund

Howard Bamsey has officially begun his duties as new Executive Director of the GCF Secretariat.

  • Article type Press release
  • Publication date 10 Jan 2017

Howard Bamsey has officially begun his duties as new Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund Secretariat.

Ambassador Bamsey is a prominent figure in climate change diplomacy. With more than 30 years of experience in international negotiations, he has been instrumental in forging global endeavors on climate change action.

Mr. Bamsey will head up the GCF Secretariat, which was established in Songdo, Republic of Korea, in 2013 to serve the GCF Board. The GCF was formally established in 2010 to contribute to the achievement of the ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by financing climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives in developing countries.

Welcoming Mr. Bamsey’s appointment, GCF Board Co-Chair Ayman Shasly, representing Saudi Arabia, said the GCF will benefit from the new Executive Director’s wealth of international experience. “This is an exciting time to become the GCF’s leader. I am confident Howard’s appointment will help the GCF scale up climate finance in the months ahead, after its commitment of more than USD 1.3 billion in 2016,” Mr. Shasly said.

Developed country Co-Chair Ewen McDonald (Australia), added: “Howard’s leadership and negotiating experience will be of great value as the GCF consults its growing array of climate finance partners to ensure we match the needs of developing countries.”

Mr. Bamsey will work closely with the 24 members of the GCF Board, equally representing developed and developing countries, to oversee the Fund’s investments and management.

Howard Bamsey is taking over from Javier Manzanares, the GCF’s interim Executive Director since September 2016, who played a key role in advancing the Fund’s administrative operations.

Details about Mr. Bamsey’s leading international roles, including his stint as Australia’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, a function he held at Ambassadorial level, are available here.