Cynthia Scharf


Cynthia Scharf is a senior advisor to the International Center for Future Generations, a European think tank, leading their work on climate intervention technologies.She was previously the senior strategy director for the Carnegie Climate Governance (C2G) Initiative, which sought to advance policy discussions and international governance of solar geoengineering and large-scale carbon removals. Cynthia has written widely on these topics including in Foreign Policy, Science Magazine, and Fortune and spoken at the World Bank, the Vatican, American Geophysical Union, Columbia and Yale Universities, among others.

Cynthia previously served at the UN as the head of strategic climate communications and chief speechwriter on climate change for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from 2009-2016. She also supported and advised the Secretary-General during the UNFCCC negotiations, including the landmark Paris climate change agreement in 2015.

She received her M.A. from Georgetown, was a fellow at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and served on the board of GreenFaith, a multi-faith climate advocacy organization.

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Senior Advisor and Practice Lead – Climate Interventions, International Centre for Future Generations