Nigel Topping

High-Level Climate Action Champion, COP26

Nigel Topping

Nigel Topping, High-Level Climate Action Champion, COP26

In his role as UK High Level Climate Action Champion, Nigel Topping drives action from businesses, investors, organisations, cities, and regions to address climate change ahead of UN climate talks, COP26. On World Environment Day 2020, Nigel launched the ‘Race to Zero’ campaign – the largest ever coalition committed to net zero emissions – alongside his fellow Climate Champion, Gonzalo Muñoz.

Nigel was the CEO of We Mean Business until December 2019, where he drove radical collaboration for climate action among NGOs working with the world's most influential businesses. Previously, Nigel was Executive Director of CDP, launching new programs and partnerships including supply chain, water, forests and cities.

Nigel has 18 years’ experience in the private sector, is a commissioner on the Energy Transitions Commission and has been instrumental in the launch of many collaborative initiatives such as Science Based Targets, Business for Nature and the Global Commons Alliance. He holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK and an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, Devon, UK.