A Close Up Look at Keynote Speaker Tiffany Hodgson


Tiffany Hodgson started working at the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat in 2008; initially as assistant programme officer on the Adaptation, Technology and Science Programme, as part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

After spending three years in the role - during which Tiffany supported negotiations on ‘enhanced action on adaptation’ under the AWG-LCA and served as the Nairobi work programme (NWP) liaison officer - she then spent just under three years as associate programme officer on the National Adaptation Plans and Policy Unit.

In 2014, Tiffany took up her current position as programme officer in the Science and Review Unit of the Adaptation Programme, where she supports relevant negotiations under the UNFCCC and the implementation of the associated mandates.

In this role, Tiffany focusses on supporting the periodic review of the adequacy of the long-term global goal; approaches to climate change coupled with a science-based management of the global pathway towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient future; and applies the best available scientific knowledge, including the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Tiffany also serves as the thematic focal point on climate change adaptation-related issues. She is the focal point on health and adaptation, and also works on issues related to long-term adaptation planning, floods, heat-waves, climate resilient tourism and population dynamics.

Prior to joining the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, Tiffany worked as a researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies in the Johannesburg area of South Africa for two years - where she supported a steering committee of members of parliament of South Africa for the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Programme (ESARP).

Tiffany holds a certificate in Managing Global Governance from the German Development Institute; is a certified expert in climate & renewable energy finance; attended the GCAP Oxford Adaptation Academy at the University of Oxford; has an MSc in Environmental Science from OUUK; and studied a postgraduate honours degree in Politics and Governance at the University of Johannesburg.