Sam Bickersteth joined the Oxford Martin School as Executive Director of the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health in February 2018.
Sam was Chief Executive of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) from 2011 to 2018. CDKN is a global alliance of southern and northern organisations delivering innovative solutions for climate compatible development in developing countries. It has supported over 1000 technical assistance, research and knowledge management projects in 70 countries in the areas of climate policy, planning, finance, climate related disasters and international negotiations.
Sam is an agricultural economist with a background in food security, natural resources and climate change, having previously worked for PwC, DFID and Oxfam. From 2006 to 2010 he was head of programme policy at Oxfam and previously held leadership positions for DFID in Bolivia, Mozambique and Nepal.
Sam has lived in Africa, South Asia and Latin America in his roles as researcher, policy adviser and programme manager. He has been a Director in PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change team, an Honorary Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute and adviser to the London School of Economics/Leeds University Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP). He has also served as Chair of Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership and adviser to the UK Government Foresight Project on Global Food and Farming Futures.