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Kate Hampton

Chief Executive Officer

Kate became CEO in March 2016, having run CIFF’s Climate Change team since 2009.

Kate became CEO of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation in March 2016, having run CIFF’s Climate Change team since 2009.

Current voluntary board and advisory roles include the Observer Research Foundation (India), the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the China Advisory Group on Global Climate Governance, the Open Political Economy Network (OPEN), We Protect Global Alliance, Friend of COP26, and Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan Advisory Council. Kate is also chair of the European Climate Foundation. 

Kate’s career spans roles in government, finance, consulting, a think tank and NGOs, including at Climate Change Capital, where she was Head of Policy.  She has also advised policy makers in several roles, including as Senior Policy Advisor for the United Kingdom’s G8 and EU presidencies in 2005.

In 2008, Kate was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She holds a BSc from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2022 Kate was awarded an OBE for her work tackling climate change and supporting COP26.