Simon Sharpe

Deputy Director and Policy Lead, 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of the United Kingdom

Deputy Director for Policy Campaigns, COP26 Unit, UK Government. Previously led work on clean growth in the UK's Industrial Strategy; served as head of private office to the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change; led on climate change strategy at the UK Foreign Office in the run-up to the Paris Agreement; served as a diplomat for ten years, with postings in Beijing and Delhi. Co-authored the report 'Accelerating the low carbon transition: the case for stronger, more targeted and coordinated international action'; project managed the UK-US-China-India report 'Climate Change: A Risk Assessment' (Cambridge, 2015); and recently developed a new UK-China-India-Brazil project on the 'Economics of Energy Innovation and System Transition'. Interests in climate change risk assessment, economics, and diplomacy. Background in physics.

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