Managing Director, IMF
Kristalina Georgieva is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She is the first person from an emerging market economy to lead the IMF since its inception in 1944. Before joining the Fund, Ms. Georgieva was Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank and also served as Interim President for a time. Previously, she served at the European Commission as Vice President for Budget and Human Resources – and as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. She was named “European of the Year” and “Commissioner of the Year” by European Voice for her leadership in the European Union’s humanitarian response to crises.
President for COP26, Minister of State at the Cabinet Office
Alok Sharma was appointed full-time President for COP 26, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, on 8 January 2021. He was previously Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and President for COP 26 between 13 February 2020 and 8 January 2021. Prior to that, he was Secretary of State for International Development from 24 July 2019 to 13 February 2020, and Minister of State for Employment at the Department of Work and Pensions from 9 January 2018 until 24 July 2019. He was Minister of State for Housing and Planning, for the Department for Communities and Local Government from 13 June 2017 to 9 January 2018.
Climate change presents a major threat to the economic well-being of all countries. Ahead of COP26, this session focused on policies to contain emissions, increase resilience to extreme climate events, and move toward a low-carbon economy.
“How we address climate change matters in reducing risks to people and economies; it also matters because it creates opportunities for green growth and green jobs.” Kristalina Georgieva
“Over the last few years, we've gone past the inflection point where the corporate world and the financial services sector are effectively singing from the same hymn sheet as governments and civil societies. They understand the challenge we are facing in terms of climate change and why we need to take action.” Alok Sharma
Contributor: Smita Aggarwal, IMF, Secretary’s Department