Elise Buckle is President and CEO of Climate & Sustainability, based in Ville de Nyon, Geneva, Switzerland. She is Co-Founder of SHEchangesClimate, Facilitator for the Planetary Emergency Partnership, and Board Member for the Climate Action Accelerator- Energy City Ville de Nyon.
Elise is highly committed to making this world a better place for people and nature, and has worked in the field of sustainable development and climate policy for 20 years. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics, and started her career in the field of humanitarian aid and development. She worked overseas on disaster reduction for the United Nations in Latin America and ACTED, an NGO based in Central Asia.
She coordinated the IUCN Global Programme with Africa and Asia, providing capacity-building in programme development, monitoring and fundraising. She also advised cities on Agenda 21 plans, and gained experience from large multinational companies specialized in the energy sector (Total, Gaz de France) for Ernst & Young.
Elise led the successful REACH+ campaign for environment and health for the Green Members at European Parliament. She worked for WWF France as Climate and Energy Manager, and then led the G20 campaign for WWF International during the French Presidency.
In 2012, she joined UNI Global Union, an international network of 900 members representing 20 million employees, focusing on sustainable finance. She lead several CSR campaigns and managed to get Société Générale to sign a global agreement on human rights.
In 2016, she worked for the UNDP Climate Vulnerable Forum team focusing on climate and labour and for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as climate policy manager.
More recently she has advised Dr. David Nabarro and the Nature-Based Solutions coalition for the UN Summit, COP23 Presidency Chief Negotiator Ambassador Khan, and worked for CAN International as Special Projects Director leading three large initiatives (the CVF Summit, the Step Up Campaign and ShiftSEA).