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) and for the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC).

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, Beijing, 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.

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. 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.