Farhana Yamin is a leading international environmental lawyer and climate change and development policy
expert. She has provided legal and policy advice to many different countries and constituencies over the last
20 years working as an adviser to developing countries especially the Alliance of Small Island States and
least developed countries.
She has worked with the Children's Investment Fund Foundation from 2009 to 2012 leading on work relating
to development of low emissions development strategies in developing countries and the development of
progressive coalitions in the international negotiations. She was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute
of Development Studies, University of Sussex from 2003 to 2009 and published numerous books and articles on
the climate/development nexus. She was Director of the Climate Change and Energy Programme of the Foundation
for International Environmental Law and Development from 1992 to 2002. She has been a Lead Author for
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for three assessment reports and was Director of the Basic Project
which brought together experts and government representatives from Brazil, South Africa, India and China for
the very first time in 2004 to 2008 to discuss climate policy issues.
Ms Yamin has worked as a consultant to the European Commission from 1998-2002 providing advice on the EU
Emissions Trading Directive. She was Special Adviser to Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action
for 2012-2013, on issues relating to the international negotiations. She is a visiting professor at
University College London, teaching international environmental law and climate change policy and an
Associate Fellow at Chatham House.