Andrew Higham

Chief Executive of Mission 2020

Andrew Higham was in charge within the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2011-2016 in driving the strategy for reaching a universal, legally binding agreement. He provided the strategic and negotiating support to South Africa in 2011 and drafted the Durban Mandate at COP 17, was the Secretary to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform during its first two years, and then managing the large drafting and advisory team which developed and delivered the Paris Agreement, working closely with the UNFCCC Executive Secretary and Peruvian and French Presidencies of the Conference of the Parties. Previous roles include: International Expert in Climate Policy at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands where he advised leading firms, public-private initiatives and governments on global technology and finance strategy and analysis; Strategies Director and Vice President of the Australian Conservation Foundation providing thought leadership across Australian non-government sector on sustainability policy; and as the Manager of the Western Australian Office of Climate Change.  He also spent a decade as a senior political and policy advisor to political leaders in Australia, where he designed and implemented subnational and national policies and programmes in various fields. He is now Chief Executive of Mission 2020, a five-year collaborative initiative aimed at driving down global emissions at the pace and scale required by science for full decarbonisation by 2050.