Bernice LEE

Research Director, Futures, and Hoffmann Distinguished Fellow for Sustainability

Chatham House

“For years the WTO has flirted with ‘trade and’ agendas, whether it is trade and environment, gender, health, or development. Addressing these intersections should not only be near the top of the WTO’s to-do list; it is the to-do list that would safeguard any future multilateral trading system.”

Bernice Lee is the Research Director, Futures and Hoffmann Distinguished Fellow for Sustainability at Chatham House. She was the Founding Director of the Hoffman Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy.’ She is also the Chair of the Chatham House Sustainability Accelerator Advisory Board.

An expert on the environment, the politics of climate change, innovation for sustainability, international trade and China, she is a member of the UK Global Resource Initiative Task Force, the UK Climate Change Committee’s International Advisory Group and the Energy Foundation China Board.

Bernice has previously been Director of Climate Change and Resource Security Initiatives at the World Economic Forum, Research Director for Energy, Environment and Resources at Chatham House and Team Leader of the EU–China Interdependencies on Energy and Climate Security Project. She also held positions at the UN Secretary-General’s office, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation (UK) and served on CIFF’s Climate Change Advisory Board and Shell’s External Review Committee.

In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for services to UK–China climate change cooperation.

Her publications have been covered in the Financial Times, New York Times, Wired, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Caijing, Harvard Business Review and the Americas Quarterly.


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