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  • President and Chief Executive Officer Global Climate Adaptation Partnership, Oxford, UK

Dr Thomas E. Downing is President of the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP) and Director of GCAP (UK). He received his PhD in Geography from Clark University. Over his career he has held a number of influential positions, including Advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme and recently the Munich Re Foundation Chair for social vulnerability. In his 30 years of experience working in the field of adaptation and vulnerability he has led numerous projects, his most recent being the EC ClimateCost project.

Before establishing GCAP, he was the Director of the Stockholm Environmental Institute’s Oxford office, where he managed a $2 million revenue base. Tom is an internationally recognised thought leader in adaptation and has published over 100 papers, books, reports and book reviews, including the Atlas of Climate Change (with Kirstin Dow). He is currently directing a project on an adaptation mainstreaming for the African Development Bank and has previously worked with the World Bank and Inter American Development Bank. Some of his most recent projects include working for the African Development Bank in Tunisia from 2010 to Present as the Project Director, the KfW Germany in India from 2010 to 2011 as the Project Lead, the Department for International Development in Tanzania in 2010 as the Project Director, the European Commission in Europe from 2008 to Present as the Project Co-ordinator, the United Nations Environment Programme in Africa from 2008 to 2010 as the Principal Investigator and the European Commission/Defra from 2006 to 2009 as the Lead, Technical Assistance.