Global Americans and the Canadian Council for the Americas present “Two Gringos with Questions,” an interview series featuring political and cultural leaders from across the Americas. In the 22 episode, Ken and Victoria speak to Dr. Amal-Lee Amin, Chief of the Climate Change Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Since her return to the IDB in 2015, Dr. Amal-Lee Amin is responsible for assisting countries with the implementation of the Paris Agreement; working across the IDB Group to scale-up investment in sustainable infrastructure; addressing climate risks and promoting solutions for increasing resilience to climate change.
Prior to that, from 2011 to 2015 Amin was the Associate Director at E3G, a think tank based in the United Kingdom working to accelerate the global transition to a low carbon economy. She led a program on international climate finance within Africa, Asia and Latin America, including the launch of a high-level dialogue on China’s Green Finance Pathway to 2030.
From 2001 to 2011, Amin worked for the UK Government developing strategy and policy on climate change and sustainable energy. During her time there, she designed a new Green Investment Bank; successfully engaged developing countries on the UK’s G8 and EU Presidency climate change agenda and leading EU negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Amin led the design and implementation of the Climate Investment Funds from 2008 to 2010.
Amin’s other international roles included member of the Private Sector Advisor Group to the Green Climate Fund; facilitator of OECD Development Assistance Committee task team on tracking environmental finance and advising the UNFCCC, contributing governments, development finance institutions and private sector initiatives on climate finance. She has been recognized by Apolitico as one of the top 100 influencers on climate policy.
Hosts Ken and Victoria speak to Amal-Lee about Latin America’s vulnerability to climate change, what governments in the region are doing to reach net zero emissions and how the IDB is contributing to their efforts.