Unnikrishnan Divakaran Nair is a distinguished leader in climate change and sustainable development. As the head of Climate Change at the Commonwealth Secretariat, he plays a pivotal role in driving the Secretariat's climate change programme. His expertise extends to flagship initiatives such as the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub and the Commonwealth Living Lands Charter, which are instrumental in advancing climate action within the Commonwealth.
Before his tenure at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Unnikrishnan served at the UN Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) in Bonn. In this capacity, he was responsible for Climate Finance and National Adaptation Plans (NAP) for Small Island States and Least Developed Countries. His valuable contributions in this role greatly impacted climate finance and adaptation efforts on a global scale.
With an extensive background in climate science and agriculture, Unnikrishnan brings over 20 years of experience as a development professional. He has successfully led Climate Change Adaptation and mitigation projects, played a key role in policy formulation on Climate Finance, and facilitated international accreditation to climate funds, including the Green Climate Fund (GCF). His expertise also encompasses climate vulnerability and livelihood issues within the context of agriculture, water, and forestry in Small Island Nations, Least Developed, and Developing countries.
Throughout his career, Unnikrishnan has collaborated with diverse stakeholders, ranging from civil society organisations to community-based initiatives, private sector entities, and bilateral and multilateral agencies across multiple countries. His broad perspective and deep knowledge have made him a highly sought-after expert in the field of climate change and sustainable development.
Unnikrishnan Divakaran Nair's unwavering commitment to addressing climate challenges and his wealth of experience make him a driving force in shaping a sustainable future for our planet.