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Elise Buckle

President of Climate & Sustainability, Co-Founder of SHE Changes Climate

Elise Buckle has been working in the field of climate and sustainability for 20 years. She is Co-President of Climate & Sustainability, a platform of collaboration for change-makers focusing on partnership development for climate, people and nature. She is also the Co-Founder of SHE Changes Climate, an initiative focusing on women empowerment, and Board Member of the Climate Action Accelerator. 

Her vision is that we can all work together as One team for One planet, going beyond logos, egos and institutional boundaries. She is working both at global and local levels: “thing global, act local” is her preferred mode of action. She worked as Member of the Jury of the Sustainability Prize, and Local Councilor for the City of Nyon with a focus on the Energy Transition and Human Resources. She also facilitated several Citizens Forum on climate action and sustainability.

Elise worked as special advisor to several UN high-level diplomats, including Ambassador Khan for the COP23 Presidency, Dr. David Nabarro for the Nature-Based Solutions coalition co-led by China and New Zealand launched at the UN Secretary General Climate Action Summit.

She led several successful global climate initiatives at CAN-International, WBCSD, IUCN, WWF and UNI-Global Union, UNDP and at the EU Parliament. She grew and facilitate the Planetary Emergency Partnership, bringing together 300+ influential partners from around the world to call for a nature positive and climate neutral recovery after COVID19.  As CAN- International Special Projects Director, she was responsible for leading three global initiatives: the Climate Vulnerable Forum Summit, the Step Up campaign, and the Shift-SEA project for shifting financial flows towards clean energy access in South East Asia.  She also worked on natural disasters vulnerability and risk reduction for the UN in Chile and ACTED in Tajikistan. 

Elise is originally from France, married to a Canadian and the mother of two children who have become Swiss citizens. She sees herself as a “citizen of the world”. She holds two Masters degrees from Sciences Po and the London School of Economics. Elise is also a writer and a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of Geneva and at the Glion Institute where she teaches about environmental policy, climate action, sustainability and entrepreneurship. She is passionate about coaching, mentoring, women empowerment and leadership development.

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