Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson is the CEO and co-founder of CDP, a global non-profit that drives companies, cities and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests.

Paul is a prominent thought leader on climate change, with a focus on natural resource protection and the actions governments, companies and investors must take to deliver the Paris Agreement and keep the world at no more than 1.5°C of warming. He sits on the boards of the Science Based Targets Initiative, We Mean Business, The Investor Agenda and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB). He is a council member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), on the Global Advisory Council for Oxford University’s Sustainable Finance Programme, and the World Economic Forums, Friends of Climate Action.

Prior to CDP, Paul was an investment analyst for Chesham Amalgamations & Investments Ltd, a project manager for the International Society for Ecology & Culture and a former director of the Social Venture Network. He was previously on the Board of EIRIS, a member of the Global Agenda Council on Measuring Sustainability at the World Economic Forum and a High Level Panel Member for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Policy Dialogue.

Paul holds a BSc in Business and Finance from City University, London and an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath (with distinction).