Ronald A. Kingham


Ronald A. Kingham
Executive Director

Ron is co-founder and Executive Director of the EDRC where he also co-coordinates the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy.

His main activities currently include serving as co-coordinator for the Brussels Dialogue for Climate Diplomacy (BDCD) the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC) and the pilot project on Transatlantic Responses to 21st Century Environmental Challenges.

He is also a co-founder and former Director of the Institute for Environmental Security (IES) established in 2002 in The Hague, with representatives in Brussels, London, Vienna, Beirut, Islamabad, Addis Ababa,  California, New York, Toronto and Washington, DC. The Institute's mission is "To advance global environmental security by promoting the maintenance of the regenerative capacity of life-supporting eco-systems." Its multidisciplinary approach integrates the fields of science, diplomacy, law, finance and education. Activities are designed to provide policy-makers with a methodology to tackle environmental security risks in time, in order to safeguard essential conditions for peace and sustainable development. Ron served as the Director of IES until September 2017 and continues as a senior adviser and the IES representative in Brussels.

In 2015 he was seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to assist with the organisation of the first Planetary Security Conference at the Peace Palace in The Hague and in 2016 he served as the coordinator for the organisation of the 2nd Planetary Security Conference.

From 2011 to 2015 he was Assistant Manager for Project COBRA which aimed to showcase indigenous solutions for the management of natural resources that could in turn inspire development policies and projects. And from 2012 to 2016 he was the IES coordinator in the EFFACE project - short for "European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime".

At IES he also coordinated projects on Environment and Security in the Southern Mediterranean Region; Climate Change, Environment and Security in Africa; The Future of Space Cooperation in the Arctic Region; Illegal Trade in Natural Resources; Greening European Foreign and Security Policy; System Monitoring for Law Enforcement of Informal Mining; and Environmental Security for Poverty Alleviation. 

He is also former Executive Director of the International Coalition for Development Action and has carried out projects for the Environment Liaison Centre, European Partners for the Environment, European Environmental Bureau, the European Commission (DG Environment), and Shell International (Global Scenarios Project). In 2000-2001, he was technical adviser to the UNITAR Project: "Who Needs What to Implement the Kyoto Protocol? An Assessment of Capacity Building Needs in 33 Developing Countries".

Educated in the US and Europe, he is a political scientist with a specialisation in international relations and European integration. His studies also focused on European history, human rights and development economics.