Christiana Figueres was appointed as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, and was
reappointed for a second three year term in July 2013.
Ms. Figueres has been involved in climate change negotiations since 1995. Initially a member of
the Costa Rican negotiating team, she was also a member of the Executive Board of the Clean
Development Mechanism and Vice President of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties in 2008-2009.
In 1995 she founded the Centre for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA), a non-profit think
tank for climate change policy and capacity-building, which she directed until 2003. Before
that, she served as Director of the Technical Secretariat, Renewable Energy in the Americas
Ms. Figueres began her life of public service at the Embassy of Costa Rica in Germany in
1982. She also served as Director of International Cooperation in the Ministry of Planning in Costa
Rica (1987-1988), and was Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture (1988-90).
Ms. Figueres has served on many boards of non-governmental organizations involved in climate change
issues. She is a widely published author on the design of climate solutions, has been a
frequent adviser to the private sector, and lectures at many universities and colleges.
Ms. Figueres holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and a
certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University. She was born in San
José, Costa Rica in 1956 and has two daughters.