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Sir David King

Special Representative for Climate Change, UK Government

Professor Sir David King was appointed as the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change (full-time) in September 2013. Sir David was previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007, working with Prime Ministers Blair and Brown, during which time he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the Energy Technologies Institute. He also served as the Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford (2008-2012). Some of his other appointments include the Chair of Future Cities Catapult, Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, Senior Scientific Advisor to UBS, and Adviser to President Kagame of Rwanda. Sir David is a physical chemist working in surface science and catalysis. He has published over 500 papers on surface science and heterogeneous catalysis, and on science and policy, for which he has received many awards and medals. He has received 23 honorary degrees from universities around the world. Sir David was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991, and Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002, was knighted in 2003, and was made “Officier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur” in 2009.