Cynthia Scharf is the current senior strategy director for the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative. She also serves as a fellow with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.
From 2009-2016, Scharf served as the head of strategic communications and chief speechwriter on climate change for the United Nations secretary-general. She played a key role in the secretary-general’s two global climate change summits (2014 and 2009) as a senior member of the secretary-general’s Climate Change Support Team and advised the secretary-general during the UNFCCC negotiations, including the landmark Paris climate change agreement in 2015.
Scharf worked on global humanitarian and public health emergencies at the UN and with international non-governmental organizations in the Balkans, Africa, the UK, and Russia prior to her work on climate change. She has private sector experience working in the social impact investing field. Scharf’s career started in the early 1990s when she worked as a journalist in Moscow covering the collapse of the communist system in the former USSR and Eastern Europe. She received her MA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and speaks Russian.
Scharf’s writings on the economy, the environment and politics have been published in The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Moscow Times, Globe and Mail, and elsewhere.
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