Youba Sokona
Special Advisor, Sustainable Development, South Centre

Dr. Youba Sokona is currently special advisor for sustainable development at the South Centre. With more than 35 years of experience addressing energy, environment and sustainable development in Africa. Reflecting his status, Sokona was elected vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October 2015. Prior to this, Sokona was co-chair of the IPCC Working Group III on the mitigation of climate change for the Fifth Assessment Report after serving as a lead author since 1990.

In addition to these achievements, Sokona has a proven track record of organisational leadership and management, for example, leading the conception, development and initiating the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, as the first coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre and as executive secretary of the Sahara and the Sahel Observatory.

Sokona’s advice is highly sought after, and as such, he is affiliated with numerous boards and organisations, including honorary professor at the University College London, member of Science Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and as a special advisor to the African Energy Leaders Group. In short, Sokona is a global figure, with deep technical knowledge, extensive policy experience and an unreserved personal commitment to African led development.