James Cameron

Chairman, Overseas Development Institute

James Cameron is Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute. He is also a member of HM Treasury's Infrastructure UK Advisory Council and GE's ecomagination advisory board, an advisor to the Climate Bonds Initiative, and a trustee member of the UK Green Building Council. He is the Chairman of start-ups ETIndex, which helps investors manage carbon risk, and Green Running. Mr Cameron was Co-Founder of the Carbon Disclosure Project, and its former Chairman. He also previously served as Chairman of Climate Change Capital, an environmental asset management and advisory business he founded in 2004. Prior to Climate Change Capital, Mr Cameron was Counsel to Baker & McKenzie and was the founder and the head of their Climate Change and Clean Energy Practice. He spent much of his legal career working on climate change matters, including negotiating the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol as an adviser to the Alliance of Small Island States. As a barrister he appeared in several of the leading cases in international and environmental law. Mr Cameron has held academic positions at Cambridge, London, Bruges and Sydney, and is currently affiliated with the Yale Centre for Environmental Law and Policy. He was educated at University of Western Australia, University College London (LLB), Queens’ College, Cambridge (LLM), and Inner Temple (called to the Bar 1987).