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Nicholas King

Nicholas King


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Member SinceJan 10, 2018CoLab Points (actual)
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Prof Nicholas King is an independent consultant in global change, futures visioning and strategic planning. Nick has over 25 years’ experience in the global change, environment, biodiversity, policy, planning and development sectors. His expertise encompasses futures research, global change analysis - in particular environmental change including climate change - scenarios development, systems and resilience thinking. Nick has extensive experience working with governments, the private sector, NGOs and local communities in multi-stakeholder coordination, strategic planning, change management, and conflict resolution.

Nick’s professional roles have included being chief executive of both non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations. His experience spans assessment of environment & development policy, laws and management in numerous countries; participation on both govt. and NGO delegations to international treaty negotiations such as the CBD and UNFCCC; integrative writing of SA’s State of Environment Reports 1999 and 2007; and work with UNEP, UNDP, UNESCO, the World Bank, and many other international development agencies. He served on the Science and Policy Advisory Board for UNEP’s Fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) published in 2012 and is currently serving as Co-Chair for GEO-6 to be published in 2019. He was a Review Editor for the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) published in 2014 and is a Review Editor for several IPBES assessments, including on Scenarios and Modelling, as well as an invited expert on scoping IPBES’ global assessments and capacity building needs. Further, Nick currently serves on the Board of four environmental NGOs; is an Expert Advisor to the Centre for Environmental Rights; holds an Extraordinary Professorship at North-West University and a part-time faculty appointment at the Univ. of Stellenbosch's Business School; and also lectures on the Univ. of the Free State’s Centre for Environmental Management Masters course.


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Nicholas King joined the Climate CoLab communityJan 10, 2018