Professor Sokona is Senior Advisor for Sustainable Development at the South Centre. With over 40 years of experience addressing energy, environment and sustainable development in Africa. Reflecting his status, Prof. Sokona was elected Vice-Chair of the IPCC in October 2015 after previously serving as Co-Chair of IPCC WGIII for the Fifth Assessment Report, and Lead Author since 1990. He has been the Inaugural Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and Executive Secretary of the Sahara and the Sahel Observatory (OSS). Prof. Sokona’s advice is highly sought after, and as such, he is affiliated with numerous boards and organizations, including Honorary Professor at the University College London (UCL), Member of Science Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Member of the African Academy of Sciences.