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Scott Willis
Strategic Advisor , UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre and Network
Copenhagen, Denmark
Consultant -- Climate Change and Development Policy. UNFCCC, IMO, ICAO, OWG/SDG negotiator + current strategy advisor to senior management of the UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre & Network. Climate change capacity building, technology, finance, strategic communications, donor relations + advocacy. Canadian, English/French/Spanish speaker, 15 years experience, Europe-based and able to travel.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
I am a Canadian environmental policy expert and former climate change negotiator, with experience representing the Government of Canada and advising Ministerial participation in the UNFCCC, IMO, ICAO, and UNGA SDG processes. In my current role as a senior strategic advisor to the Director of the UNFCCC’s Climate Technology Centre and Network, I lead on resource mobilization and climate policy strategy, including stakeholder outreach within and outside of the UNFCCC process.
 
From 2003-2009 I represented the Government of Canada in the UNFCCC, ICAO and IMO processes with functional responsibility for governmental positioning on issues related to capacity building, climate change finance, adaptation, technology, and the treatment of emissions from international aviation and maritime transportation. 
 
During this time, I was responsible for domestic stakeholder consultation, international negotiation, and briefing of senior departmental and Ministerial representation on my issues of focus. I resigned my position as a FCCC negotiator to lead climate change policy development for the Copenhagen Climate Council, a business NGO that worked with the World Economic Forum, the UN Global Compact, The Climate Group, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Danish Prime Minister’s Office to deliver the support of the business community to the Danish Presidency of COP15.

Following my return to the Canadian public service, where I managed federal/provincial climate change and water policy issues for three years, I represented the environmental and natural resource policy interests of Canada’s largest business association at the federal level, including testifying before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources in April 2013, and at its Environment Committee in June 2013.

Over the past three years I’ve worked with senior leadership on climate change policy with the World Bank and Green Climate Fund, led Canada’s participation in the OWG process (on SDG 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15) and worked to strengthen coherence in the delivery of the full suite of CTCN services to support technology deployment for NDC implementation in developing countries in line with its mandate and programme of work.

I am a forger of outcome-focused and innovative partnerships in support of development and climate change objectives, equally at ease working on my own or in leading small teams. I have an affinity for language, an attention to detail, and am a passionate believer in the ability of the international community to mobilize in support of humanitarian goals.
Education:
Bachelor of Commerce, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. 1999.
Strategic Management and International Finance.
MOOC coursework from Harvard, Yale and others on development, energy, climate, transportation policy-related matters.
Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Bachelors
    Languages:
    English, French, Spanish
    Nationality:
    Canada
    LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/scottwillis
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