Ronald A. Kingham
Executive Director

Ron is co-founder and Executive Director of the EDRC.

His main activities currently include serving as coordinator of the project on Climate and Security Action through Civil-Military Cooperation in Climate-Related Emergencies (Project CASA), co-coordinator for the Brussels Dialogue for Climate Diplomacy (BDCD), as well as coordinator of 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) where he continues as a senior adviser and the IES representative in Brussels. 

In 2021-2022 he assisted in the ASM ALERT project on Earth Observation for Minint Detection, from 2011 to 2015 he was Assistant Manager for Project COBRA showcasing indigenous solutions for the management of natural resources and from 2012 to 2016 he was the IES coordinator in the EFFACE project on "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.

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 and in 2016 he served as the coordinator for the organisation of the 2nd Planetary Security Conference.

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.