Jim Walker is from the UK and works as Senior Director at SEforALL, the initiative established by the UN Secretary-General to drive action on universal energy access and energy transition in line with Sustainable Development Goal 7 and the Paris Agreement. His role focuses on leading the development of partnerships with the private sector, civil society, governments and UN agencies, as well as mobilizing resources from donors, philanthropy and other sources.
He has 20 years of experience working with businesses, cities and states to drive solutions on climate, water, clean energy, sustainability reporting, M&A and environmental risk. He was a co-founder of The Climate Group, one of the world’s first dedicated leadership coalitions of business and sub-national government on climate change solutions, and was the founding CEO of the We Mean Business coalition, a major private sector leadership initiative advocating for the passage of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Prior to this, he worked as a sustainability consultant for ERM and URS Corporation (now AECOM). He is a Trustee of the Bridge Institute, a leadership initiative working on peace building, ending gender based violence and advancing pandemic solutions, and a Steering Group member for the DRECs initiative that is designing, delivering and demonstrating a new, internationally recognized market instrument in the Distributed Renewable Energy Certificate.
He is based in the United States and has lived and worked in China.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London, and competed for Great Britain at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games in rowing.