Laurence Tubiana

  • Ambassador for Climate change negotiations, Special Representative of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs for COP 21 Paris Climate 2015
  • Professor, Sciences Po Paris and Professor, Columbia University
  • Founder and Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
  • Co-Chair, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Leadership Council
  • President, French Development Agency (AFD) Board of Governors


On 3rd June 2014, Laurence TUBIANA was officially appointed Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiations, Special Representative of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Laurent FABIUS, for the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) Paris Climate 2015.

Laurence TUBIANA is founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris. She is professor and director of the Sustainable Development Center at Sciences Po Paris. She is also Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Since September 2012, she serves as co-chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)’s Leadership Council and co-chairs the SDSN working group on Deep Decarbonization Pathways. She is also president of the Board of Governors of the French Development Agency.


In 2012, Laurence TUBIANA was appointed by the French government to the National Steering Committee on Energy Transition to facilitate the discussion on France’s energy and provide recommendations on the definition of long-term pathways for the French energy system.


From May 2009 to May 2010, she was in charge of launching the new direction of Global Publics Goods of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. And from 1997 to 2002, she served as Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of France on environmental issues and conducted a number of international negotiations on this subject. Previously, she served as Member of the French Council of Economic Analysis and as Research Director for the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). She also represented European NGOs at the World Bank and directed the French-based NGO Solagral.


Laurence TUBIANA is member of several scientific boards of main research institutions such as the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the India Council for Sustainable Development and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. Founder of the journal Le Courrier de la Planète, she has published a number of articles and books on environment, development and international issues.


Since 2007, she co-directs the publication of the annual reviewSustainable Development in Action – A Planet for Life.


Laurence TUBIANA studied at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and holds a PhD in economics.