SRI Executive Search is pleased to announce that Mr. Yvo de Boer is joining our team as a Partner and Senior Advisor in Global Sustainability.
Dedicated to addressing the issues of climate change in a more resilient and sustainable manner, Mr. de Boer has spent much of his career focused on the economics of climate change and sustainability. Believing that the biggest barrier to climate change around the world is inconsistency in policy, Mr. de Boer has assisted many policy makers at both a governmental and corporate level, to understand the consequences of acting, or failing to act, in economic terms. Advocating for an approach that combines the economic interest of nations with environmental concerns, he has committed himself to helping countries formulate programmes which are low-carbon and energy efficient. Maintaining the belief that it is impossible to achieve sustainability without addressing the issue of climate change, Mr. de Boer has continually called for a more sustainable level of economic growth, at both a local and global level.
Throughout his career, Mr. de Boer has created a platform which has allowed climate change issues to gain the international recognition it deserves, by demanding greater political and media attention. He brought over 100 world leaders to Copenhagen for the international climate negotiations in December 2009 and secured commitments from over 90 countries to reduce greenhouse emissions.
From 2014 to 2016, he served as Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), a treaty-based International Organisation with 28 member countries, currently working in 25 countries to develop and implement green growth strategies.
Before this, Mr. de Boer served as KPMG’s Global Chairman of Climate Change & Sustainability Services (CC&S). Before joining KPMG in 2010, Mr. de Boer led the international process to respond to climate change in the role of Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2006 to 2010.
Prior to his UN role, he was extensively involved in European Union environmental policy as Deputy Director General of the Dutch Environment Ministry. He also served as Vice-Chair of the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development, and acted as an Advisor to the Government of China and the World Bank. In 2011, he was appointed as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change.
For SRI, this appointment marks our long-term commitment to the International Development Sector and the Sustainable Development Goals. For the last 20 years, SRI Executive Search has been at the forefront of change, by building the capability, capacity and resilience of global organisations within the International Development sector. With Mr. de Boer now a crucial figure in developing this cause further, his thought leadership, industry expertise and sectoral experience will allow SRI to assist organisations as they juggle the demands of ‘Relevancy’, the issue of ‘Sustainability’ and their organisation’s ‘Fit for Purpose’ in this ever-changing environment.
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