Carne Ross joins E3G as Geopolitics, Diplomacy and Security Associate Director

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E3G is excited to welcome Carne Ross as Associate Director of the Geopolitics, Diplomacy and Security team from 1st March 2022.

Carne Ross is a former British diplomat who founded and led the unique non-profit diplomatic advisory group Independent Diplomat (ID). During that time, ID supported a number of democratic countries and political movements around the world including Kosovo, the Frente POLISARIO of the Western Sahara, the democratic Syrian opposition and the Marshall Islands, whom ID helped create and lead the High Ambition Coalition, a coalition of over one hundred countries which drove significant climate ambition at the Paris Climate Conference. 

Since stepping down from Independent Diplomat, Carne has worked primarily on climate, where he has advised the University of Tokyo on how to save the global commons and the new climate NGO Climate Catalyst on their advocacy strategy, particularly on steel decarbonisation. Carne has authored “Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite” and “The Leaderless Revolution: how ordinary people will take power and change politics in the 21st century”.


Shane Tomlinson, E3G Acting CEO said:

“Carne joins us at a pivotal moment for climate diplomacy. Climate has become a crucial factor in geopolitics and diplomacy, as the impacts of climate change are increasingly felt across the globe. His expertise in diplomacy, with a climate focus and beyond, is essential if we are to ensure that pledges from world leaders are upheld in supporting vulnerable countries and accelerating the global energy transition.”

Carne Ross said:

“I am delighted to join a group as impressive and accomplished as E3G and contribute to its important work to save the global climate.  Figuring out the geopolitics of climate is a crucial part of the picture.  We need to ensure that all countries now implement their commitments to Paris, both in terms of finance and concrete mitigation strategies – we are beyond the stage of mere promises.  Diplomacy is a vital lever in this task.”


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