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Asian Investment Conference 2022

Professor Sir David King

Chair of the Centre for Climate Repair and Climate Crisis Advisory Group; former Special Representative on Climate Change, UK Government

Professor Sir David King

Sir David King is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He is also Founder and Chair of the university’s Center for Climate Repair.

Sir David was the UK Government’s Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change from 2013 to 2017, Chair of Future Cities Catapult from 2012 to 2016, as well as Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007 where he was instrumental in creating the British £1 billion Energy Technologies Institute. He has travelled widely to persuade countries to act on climate change. He has initiated an in-depth risk analysis approach to climate change, including a collaborative program with China and India. He also initiated Mission Innovation, now a global programme to create a £23 billion per annum research and development international exercise to deliver the technologies needed to transition into a fossil-fuel-free world economy.

In June 2021, Sir David launched the Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG), a global team of 15 climate experts, and is currently Chair of CCAG. He is an Affiliate Partner of SYSTEMIQ Limited, Senior Strategy Advisor to the President of Rwanda and founding member of the Clean Growth Leadership Network.

Sir David has published over 500 papers on surface science and catalysis and on science and policy, for which he has received many awards. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991 and a Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002. He was also knighted in 2003 and made an Officer in The National Order of the Legion of Honor by the French President in 2009. Most recently, in February 2022, he was awarded the David and Betty Hamburg AAAS award for Science Diplomacy.

Sir David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg.