Kelley Kizzier

Associate Vice President for International Climate

Work

Kelley Kizzier is the Associate Vice President for International Climate at Environmental Defense Fund, where she leads EDF’s work to promote ambitious and effective global climate action in multilateral forums including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the International Maritime Organization.

Background

Kelley joined EDF in 2019, bringing a deep knowledge on the design and performance of international carbon markets and the related issues of emissions accounting, tracking and reporting. She recently served as the UNFCCC co-chair for the UN climate negotiations under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Prior to joining EDF, Kelley worked as an independent consultant, her clients including the World Bank, the Western Climate Initiative, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

Kelley worked on EU and international climate issues for many years as a senior official at the European Commission’s Directorate for Climate Action in Brussels, and at the Irish Environmental Protection Agency in Dublin. Kelley has been an EU negotiator in the UNFCCC for the past 15 years, negotiating issues related to international cooperation through carbon markets, transparency and accounting for the Framework Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and ultimately, the Paris Agreement.