Associate Director, Geopolitics, Diplomacy & Security
Carne Ross is Associate Director of Geopolitics, Diplomacy and Security at E3G. Carne's work covers the geopolitics of climate, which involves how to use diplomacy to ensure maximum climate ambition and implementation.
Carne also holds appointments as a UK Trustee, Independent Diplomat; Spokesperson for Global Solidarity, Green Party of England and Wales; and Member of the Board of Directors, Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT).
Carne 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.
During his time as a British diplomat, he worked on multiple issues including terrorism, the global environment and disarmament of Saddam’s Iraq, in various postings including Bonn, Oslo, Kabul and the UK Mission to the UN in New York. He resigned from the Foreign Office after giving secret evidence to the Butler Inquiry into the use of intelligence before the Iraq War of 2003.
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”.
Carne holds a BA in Economics and Politics. Outside of work his interests include cycling, rowing and political philosophy.