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Senior Climate Advisor James Cameron joins Crown Agents’ Board of Directors /

12 February 2021

Crown Agents, the British not-for-profit international development company, has appointed sustainability advocate James Cameron as the newest member of its Board. Mr Cameron has held high-profile advisory roles in government and business and is currently a Senior Advisor to Pollination Global and SYSTEMIQ and is a friend of COP26. He will take up his role in February 2021.

With over 30 years’ experience across legal, business and government, qualified Barrister Mr Cameron brings to his new position at Crown Agents in-depth experience of tackling environmental challenges globally by mobilising civil society, government and business.

Previously, Mr Cameron was the founder and Chairman of green investment bank Climate Change Capital, co-founder and Chairman of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and also the Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), where he remains a member of the board of trustees today. He has been a member of the UK Prime Ministers Business Advisory Group and has advised two presidencies of the climate negotiations, COP22 (Morocco) and COP23 (Fiji). Mr Cameron founded the Centre for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and is a Fellow at Yale Centre for Environmental Law & Policy.

At present, Mr Cameron is a Non-Executive Director of Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust (ORIT) and Director of Ignite Power, Africa’s fastest-growing solar company.

Crown Agents is looking to accelerate its work building countries’ climate change adaption and mitigation capacities long-term. In particular, Crown Agents will look towards working with governments, non-governmental organisations and the private sector to integrate sustainable climate change initiatives into existing local systems and structures.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Chair of the Crown Agents Board said: “I am delighted to welcome James Cameron to Crown Agents at this crucial time. His multi-layered experience in the public and private sectors will add great value to our work with governments around the world. His knowledge of Climate Change and sustainability will be especially helpful as our work expands in these crucial areas. This is a pivotal year as the UK hosts COP 26 in Glasgow, and I am delighted to have such an expert on board.”

James Cameron said: “I am very much looking forward to joining Crown Agents as the organisation continues to assist the global Covid-19 response. I believe this is an excellent opportunity to “build back better” and accelerate the response to the existential challenge of Climate Change. Covid-19 has shown that we can come together to face a global challenge quickly and at scale.”

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About Crown Agents

Crown Agents is a not-for-profit international development company, with decades of experience supporting governments, working in some of the most difficult contexts in the world and focusing on the most vulnerable in society.

Capitalizing on the opportunity to ‘build back better’ and boost climate resilience in the aftermath of COVID-19, the organisation helps partner countries transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies to mitigate against the effects of climate change.

Last year Crown Agents reached over 36 million people across 60 countries, with expertise in Public Sector Transformation, Humanitarian & Stabilisation, Procurement reform, Last Mile Supply Chain, Health System Strengthening and Training & Professional Development.

About James Cameron

An award-winning recognised authority in the global climate change movement, James is an advocate for sustainability and a catalyst for galvanising change where it has the biggest impact on environmental challenges globally. A qualified Barrister with 30+ years’ experience across legal (Baker & McKenzie), academic (Yale, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, Overseas Development Institute), business (Climate Change Capital, Pollination Global, SYSTEMIQ, Tulchan, Solar century), Government (UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, COP22, COP23, COP26), and advisory roles (NESTE, AVAIO Capital), James is uniquely placed to advise on the complex challenges that hinder progress to a more sustainable future. For more, visit