Yannick Glemarec begins tenure as GCF Executive Director

Yannick Glemarec takes up his post today as the new Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

  • Article type Press release
  • Publication date 03 Apr 2019

Yannick Glemarec takes up his post today as the new Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Selected by the GCF Board at its most recent meeting in February, the appointment of Mr Glemarec as head of the GCF Secretariat comes at a crucial time. GCF has entered its first replenishment in 2019 to marshal further funds to finance low-emission and climate-resilient ambition in developing countries. This follows a successful initial resource mobilization period, during which GCF has so far built a portfolio committing USD 5 billion for climate action in 97 countries.

Mr Glemarec comes to GCF with 30 years of international experience in climate change, development and finance. Before joining GCF, Mr Glemarec focused his efforts on promoting gender equality and empowering women as UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme in UN Women from 2015 to 2018.

Mr Glemarec begins his new position with a full schedule. He is due to attend GCF’s first replenishment consultation meeting on 4 to 5 April in Oslo, Norway. This meeting is being held to help lay the groundwork for a pledging conference for contributors to GCF scheduled later in the year.

He will then take part in the Korea Global Adaptation Week from 8-12 April, before joining some of the World Bank spring meetings in Washington which are designed to bring together leading experts to find solutions to global challenges, as well as attending the Financing for Development Forum at the UN in New York from 15-18 April.

Javier Manzanares, who has been acting as Executive Director ad interim, resumes his role as Deputy Executive Director.

For more information about Mr Glemarec’s background, please see his biography.