Youba Sokona

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Prof Youba Sokona, with over 40 years of experience addressing energy, environment and sustainable development in Africa, has been at the heart of numerous national and continental initiatives. He is currently a Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change after serving as Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III following being a Lead Author since 1990. He has a proven track record of organizational leadership and management, for example, as Inaugural Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre and as Executive Secretary of the Sahara and the Sahel Observatory. He is affiliated with numerous boards and organizations, including an Honorary Professor at the University College London, a Member of The World Academy of Sciences and the African Academy of Sciences, Science Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Applied System Analysis. In short, he is a global figure with deep technical knowledge, extensive policy experience and an unreserved personal commitment to African-led development.