Yvo De Boer

Former Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute / Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)

Yvo de Boer a Partner at SRI Executive where his focus is on working with development agencies to ensure that their strategy and organizational structure are aligned with the challenges of the day. SRI’s approach is to assess where organizations stand in their competitive landscape and work with them to shape a vision and strategy, define products and services, design organizational structures and create appropriate capabilities.

In addition he serves as President of the Sustainability Challenge Foundation which provides training programs to mid-career sustainability professionals in the area of multi-stakeholder conflict resolution and consensus building.

From 2014 to 2016 he served as Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), a treaty-based International Organization with 28 member countries, currently working in 25 countries to develop and implement green growth strategies. During his tenure he revitalized GGGI’s long term strategy, expanded the number of country programs, brought financial stability to the Institute and significantly expanded its operational partnerships.

Before this, Mr. de Boer served as KPMG’s Global Chairman of Climate Change & Sustainability Services (CC&S). In this role, he led KPMG’s international network of climate change and sustainability consulting businesses, which comprise several hundred sustainability professionals in over 60 countries. His focus was mainly on helping companies to develop a broad definition of value which recognizes social, human, environmental, intellectual capitals in addition to financial capital.

As well as leading KPMG’s CC&S agenda,  Mr. de Boer advised corporate leaders on the impacts of rapid environmental, social and political change and how their businesses should respond in order to grasp opportunities and manage risks.

Before joining KPMG in 2010, Mr. de Boer led the international process to respond to climate change in the role of Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2006 to 2010. During his tenure he raised the issue of climate change to the highest levels of political and media attention. He brought over 100 world leaders to Copenhagen for the international climate negotiations in December 2009 and secured commitments from over 90 countries to reduce greenhouse emissions.

Previously Mr. de Boer has served as Deputy Director-General of the Dutch Environment Ministry, led Dutch and EU delegations during numerous international negotiations and held  leadership positions on a variety of international bodies including the Environment Policy Committee of the OECD , the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on Climate and the Energy Group of the world Business Council for Sustainable Development. He has served as a member of  the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and acted as an advisor to the World Bank.

In his early career Mr. de Boer was Chief of the Information Office for North America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat).

Throughout his career, he has focused on the economics of sustainability to help policy makers and the business community understand the consequences of acting, or failing to act, in economic, social and environmental terms.


Additional Information:

  • Yvo de Boer is a qualified mediator.
  • He received a knighthood from her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands in 2009 and the Dutch Climate Award in 2010.