Busara Circle, HB3 Onboard Faculty
Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010 – 2016. During her tenure at the UNFCCC, Christiana brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to well below 2°C. For this achievement, she has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy and has received multiple awards.
Christiana is a founding partner of Global Optimism Ltd, a purpose-driven enterprise focused on social and environmental change. She is currently the Convenor of Mission 2020, Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, World Bank Climate Leader, ACCIONA Board Member, WRI Board Member, Fellow of Conservation International, and Advisory Board member of Formula E, Unilever, and Eni S.p.A.
She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the London School of Economics and has been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees. She lives in London and has two fantastic daughters. Christiana’s involvement in Homeward Bound began as part of the global filmed faculty, in 2016.