ChangeNOW 2021


Andrew Higham

Plexus Strategy, Mission 2020

Managing Director, CEO


Andrew Higham is a strategist who has worked across diverse sectors, policy domains and all levels of government for two decades, most recently in shaping international climate change policy. Within the UNFCCC from 2011-2016, Andrew drove the strategy for reaching a universal, legally binding agreement. He provided the strategic and negotiating support to South Africa in 2011 and drafted the Durban Mandate at COP 17, was the Secretary to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform during its first two years, and then managed the large drafting and advisory team that developed and delivered the Paris Agreement. In 2016, he was invited by the UNFCCC Executive Secretary to take on the role of Chief Executive of Mission 2020 and focused on driving down global emissions at the pace and scale required by science for full decarbonisation by 2050. Through his leadership, the Mission 2020 campaign has been credited with many achievements across all areas of global climate action. In 2008-2010, he designed and delivered by COP 16 the Technology Mechanism under the Convention, and undertook research designing financial instruments to support international climate action, including precursors for the Green Climate Fund. He is presently Special Advisor to the UNFCCC High Level Climate Champions, Director of the Future of Climate Cooperation initiative and Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, a partner of Global Optimism, Strategic Advisor to the Earth4All initiative, and Managing Director of Plexus Strategy. He is also a member of the Urban Leadership Council. He has extensive experience in driving policy reforms and delivering complex policy initiatives in the fields of science, technology, natural resources and environment policy. Previous roles include: International Expert in Climate Policy at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands; Strategies Director and Vice President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and Manager of the Western Australian Office of Climate Change. He also worked as a senior policy advisor to political leaders in Australia, where he designed and implemented policies and programmes in various fields.


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