Kelley Kizzier

Kelley Kizzier

Associate Vice President for International Climate, Environmental Defense Fund

Kelley Kizzier is Associate Vice President of International Climate Change at the Environmental Defense Fund. She is a renowned expert on European and international climate policy and was the European Union’s (EU) lead markets negotiator in the International Climate Negotiations for 14 years. For the past 3 years, Kelley has also served as the UNFCCC co-chair of the negotiations on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

Prior to joining EDF, Kelley was an independent consultant, and her clients included the Government of Ontario, the Western Climate Initiative, the World Bank, the European Commission, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. From 2010 to 2017, Kelley was part of the European Commission’s Directorate General Clima where she designed and implemented EU policy on international carbon credits; aviation; maritime; land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), and non-Emissions Trading System targets. Previously, Kelley was the Senior Manager implementing EU and International Climate Policy EPA in Ireland (2004-2010) and also served as the country’s Focal Point for the Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation respectively.



Sessions with this Speaker

The Era of Enhanced Ambition: Global Climate Leadership & Cooperation

  • Climate Crisis
  • Mobilizing Capital
The call for global climate action is hitting a critical peak, and 2020 is a crucial year for international climate policy. However, policy alone will not be enough to create the ambitious action needed to meet this call.

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Katie Sullivan Managing Director, IETA
Kelley Kizzier Associate Vice President for International Climate, Environmental Defense Fund
Dr. Maryam Golnaraghi Director of Extreme Events and Climate Risk, The Geneva Association
Eric Whan Director, GlobeScan
Dave Sawyer Chief Economist, Institute for Canadian Climate Choices
Duncan Van Bergen Vice President, Nature Based Solutions, Shell
Catherine Stewart Director General, Multilateral Affairs and Climate Change, Environment and Climate Change Canada