UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

Dr Youba Sokona

Dr Youba Sokona

Honorary Professor  

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With over 35 years of experience addressing energy, environment and sustainable development in Africa, Dr Youba Sokona is a well-known, leading global figure. Reflecting his status, Dr Sokona was elected Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2015. Prior to this, Dr Sokona was Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III on the mitigation of climate change for the Fifth Assessment Report after serving as a Lead Author since 1990. In addition to these achievements, Dr Sokona has a proven track record of organisational leadership and management, for example as Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and as Executive Secretary of the Sahara and the Sahel Observatory (OSS). Dr Sokona’s advice is highly sought after, and as such, he is affiliated with numerous boards and organisations, including as a Member of the Board for the Institute of Development Studies, as a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, an Honorary Professor at the University College London (UCL), and as a Special Advisor to the African Energy Leaders Group. In short, Dr Sokona is a global figure, with deep technical knowledge, extensive policy experience and an unreserved personal commitment to African led development.

Research and Publications

Energy systems; Energy policy; Sustainable Development; and Climate change policies.

Current Activities

Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (www.arei.org) IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (www.ipcc.ch) Gender & Energy Research Programme - Building the evidence base for improving energy intervention' effectiveness by taking a gender approach.