Speaker Chapter 3
4-5 May 2023, A Coruña, Spain
Anthony NyongSenior Director, Global Center on Adaptation

Professor Anthony Nyong has been appointed as Regional Director of GCA Africa on secondment from his position at the African Development Bank. GCA Africa was launched in September 2020 to work with partners across the continent to scale and accelerate adaptation action that protects African communities from the impacts of climate change.

Professor Nyong leads GCA Africa from its office hosted by the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. GCA Africa is partnering with the African Development Bank on a new initiative to galvanize $25 billion to scale up climate adaptation across Africa. The joint African Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) was announced by President Adesina at the Climate Adaptation Summit and was described as an opportunity “to put adaptation on steroids” by focusing on improved food production, climate-resilient infrastructure, youth entrepreneurship and better access to finance

Professor Nyong most recently served as Director of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank and has over 30 years of experience in environmental and natural resources management, renewable energy and green growth. He previously worked as a Senior Climate Change Specialist at the International Development Research Centre of Canada and a Professor of Climate Change at the University of Jos, Nigeria. He was a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and a member of the IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis. Mr. Nyong has also served on several Global Advisory and Scientific Boards including the Sustainable Stock Exchange Green Finance Advisory Group.

Mr. Nyong holds a Ph.D. in Geography from McMaster University, Canada. He is a Senior Executive Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Chartered Geographer and a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. He was also named among the top 20 of the 100 most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019 by Apolitical.

Accomplished senior-level professional offering over 25 years of progressive experience in developing and implementing tailored and holistic solutions to complex development challenges that integrate the environment, safeguards, climate change, renewable energy, natural resource management and green growth, to varied clients. His experience spans the academia, private sector, international cooperation and development finance. Highlights include:

  • Demonstrated technical leadership in the development, application and interpretation of policies on safeguards, natural resources management, climate change, renewable energy, green growth & natural capital accounting;
  • Recognized international leadership in climate change, environment and natural resources, green growth and safeguards with a thorough understanding of international developments in the public and private sectors;
  • Demonstrated track record in supporting and working across geographic, multiple organizational units, institutions and sectors to deliver exceptional high impact multi-sectoral solutions and results;
  • Good listening and communications skills to understand operational concerns and communicate issues clearly to Senior Management, Executive Directors, and external audiences;
  • Ability to maintain a corporate perspective while understanding and balancing operational issues with management priorities and risk concerns;
  • Demonstrated competencies in mentoring, coaching and advising diverse staff and creating an environment of learning and innovation that has attracted world-class professionals to the Bank ;
  • Multi-stakeholder engagement to develop tailored and holistic solutions to difficult developmental challenges;
  • Familiarity with recent developments in integrating international environmental policy in development.


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