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James Cameron is new Chair of ODI Board and Council

Press Release

The Board and Council of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) are pleased to announce the appointment of James Cameron as their new Chair, following a unanimous vote by members.

James Cameron, the chairman and co-founder of Climate Change Capital, is a lawyer by training and has spent much of his legal career working on climate change matters, including negotiating the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol as an adviser to the Alliance of Small Island States.  James is a member of the WEF’s Agenda Council on Climate Change and a Trustee Member of the UK Green Building Council and the Carbon Disclosure Project, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group and of the Green Investment Bank Commission. He has held academic appointments at Cambridge, London and Sydney and is currently affiliated with the Yale Centre for Environmental Law and Policy.  He is a member of Oxfam’s development board and a senior adviser to the Climate Group, a member of the Smith School’s development board and Chair of the China Dialogue.  

Commenting on his appointment, James Cameron said: 

“I am honoured and delighted to become the new chair for ODI.  Development policy has already connected with climate change, energy and water as the paramount concerns for any society seeking to survive and prosper.  These are the themes that I have spent my working life thinking and acting upon and I feel very fortunate to be able to work with ODI in such exciting and ever-changing times.”

Alison Evans, ODI Director responded:

“James’s experience to date fits extremely well with ODI’s current and future agenda and his global outlook and connections will be invaluable as the Institute charts its future direction.  ODI is very lucky to have him”

Climate Change Capital respond to the appointment of James Cameron.