Policy lead for COP 26, Cabinet Office
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy
In January 2019 Simon Sharpe moved to the Cabinet Office as Deputy Director and Policy Lead for COP 26. Previoyusly Simon was responsible for international climate change strategy at the government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Before this Simon led the work on energy and clean growth in the government’s Industrial Strategy, and served as head of private office to the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, and later to the Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry.
Simon worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for ten years, serving in China and India, and leading on climate change strategy in the run-up to the Paris negotiations in 2015. In this role he created and led a major international project to re-shape the way governments assess the risks of climate change, working with leading experts in the US, China and India.
Simon is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL, a Policy Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge University, a member of the UCL Policy Commission on the Communication of Climate Science, and a member of the advisory board of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity. He has a background in physics and finance, and an interest in new economic thinking.