Nick Godfrey

Director, Coalition for Urban Transitions

Bio

Nick is currently the Co-Founder and Director of the Coalition for Urban Transitions, a special initiative of the New Climate Economy, and the leading global initiative supporting national governments to secure economic prosperity and tackle the climate crisis by transforming cities based on a partnership of 35+ of the world’s leading institutions and companies. The initiative is co-hosted by the World Resources Institute and the C40 Climate Leadership Group.

Before this, Nick was a member of the Executive Team and Head of Policy and Urban Development for the New Climate Economy, a major international initiative to examine how countries can achieve economic growth while dealing with climate risks led by a Global Commission of 26 former heads of state, finance Ministers, CEOs, and thought leaders.

An economist, strategic adviser, and leader of global initiatives, Nick specialises in assembling and catalysing new partnerships and teams to drive systemic change in frontier policy areas, with a focus on transforming the key economic systems required to scale up climate ambition to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. Nick is driven by a passion for encouraging structural shifts in key economic systems to ensure planetary safety and enhance well-being. And has a firm belief in the power of economics to transform lives and in the power of partnerships and coalitions to drive change at the pace and scale required.

Nick has a track record spanning fifteen years across the public, private, and third sectors in setting-up and leading a range of major initiatives in the economic development and climate space, including Guyana’s National Competitiveness Strategy, DFID’s Financial Education Fund, a Cross-Whitehall Review of the UK's Avoided Deforestation Programme (REDD+), Atkins Future Proofing Cities, and New Climate Economy’s Africa and Cities programmes.

Nick holds a first-class honours in economics from the University of Nottingham, U.K and a Masters in development economics for which he was awarded the Dehn Prize for outstanding academic achievement by the University of Manchester, U.K. In his spare time, Nick loves to scuba dive, play squash, go to gigs, see friends, and hang out with his wife, Rachel, and two young daughters, Eva and Zoe.

Projects

  • Coalition for Urban Transitions

    A global collaboration to support national governments to address pressing economic, inequality and climate challenges by making their cities livable and sustainable

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