Friends of COP

The “Friends of COP” brought expertise from countries across six continents, including France, Barbados, Chad, Australia, India and Peru. They advised the UK Government and inspired action from their sectors ahead of the COP26 Summit in Glasgow. 

Photograph of Damilola Ogunbiyi

Damilola Ogunbiyi

CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN- Energy

Photograph of Claire Mack

Claire Mack

Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables

Photograph of Peter Bruce

Peter G. Bruce FRS, FRSE, FRSC

Wolfson Professor of Materials at the University of Oxford and Vice President of Royal Society

Photograph of Emily Shuckburgh

Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Head of Cambridge Zero and a fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge

Photograph of Helena Gualinga

Helena Gualinga

Spokesperson for the Sarayaku Indigenous community

A photograph of Hindou Oumarou

Ms Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) Coordinator

A photograph of Eric Garcetti

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor of Los Angeles; Chair of the C40 Cities

A photograph of Justin Adams

Mr Justin Adams

Co-Director, Nature Based Solutions, World Economic Forum and Executive Director, Tropical Forest Alliance

A photograph of Corinne Le Quere

Professor Corinne Le Quéré FRS CBE

Royal Society Research Professor of Climate Change Science at the University of East Anglia

A photograph of Graham Wynne

Sir Graham Wynne

Senior Fellow with the World Resources Institute

A photograph of James Cameron

Mr James Cameron

Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Senior Advisor to Pollination and SYSTEMIQ

A photograph of Jyoti Parikh

Professor Jyoti K Parikh

Executive Director of Integrated Research and Action for Development

A photograph of Manuel Pulgar-Vidal

Mr Manuel Pulgar-Vidal

Climate & Energy Global Practice Leader at World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF International

A photograph of Christiana Figueres

Ms Christiana Figueres

Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

A photograph of Laurence Tubiana

Ms Laurence Tubiana

COP21 Sherpa, CEO ECF

Laurence Tubiana is CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF). In addition, she is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the French Development Agency (AFD). Before joining the ECF, Laurence was France’s Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for COP21, and as such a key architect of the Paris Agreement. Following COP21, she was appointed High Level Champion for Climate Action. Laurence founded in 2002 and directed until 2014 the Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). She has held academic positions at Columbia University, and has been a member of numerous boards and scientific committees.