Dr Youba Sokona is currently Special Advisor for Sustainable Development at the South Centre (intergovernmental organisation of developing countries, based in Switzerland). He has over 35 years of experience addressing energy, environment and sustainable development issues in Africa. Dr Youba Sokona was elected Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2015. Prior to this, he was Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III on the mitigation of climate change for the Fifth Assessment Report (2009) after serving as a Lead Author since 1990. In addition to these achievements, Dr Youba Sokona has been Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and Executive Secretary of the Sahara and the Sahel Observatory (OSS). He is affiliated with numerous boards and organisations, including as a Member of the Board for the Institute of Development Studies (United Kingdom), as a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey (United Kingdom), an Honorary Professor at the University College London (UCL, United Kingdom), and as a Special Advisor to the African Energy Leaders Group.