Professor Sir David King

Director, The University of Cambridge Centre for Climate Repair


About Speaker

David was born in Durban, educated at St John’s College Johannesburg and at Witwatersrand University, graduating with an Honours degree in Chemistry.

He served as UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser from 2000 to 2007.  He raised the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the UK's £1 billion Energy Technologies Institute. He created an in-depth futures process which advised government on a wide range of long term issues, from flooding to obesity. From 2013 to 2017 he served in the British Foreign Office as the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change, making 96 official country visits over this period.  He initiated the Climate Change - A Risk Analysis project with China and India over this period and was the thought leader behind Mission Innovation, the $30bn pa  international thrust in Research funding for missing technologies needed to defossilise the global economy.

He was Member, the President’s Advisory Council , Rwanda, and Science Advisor to UBS, 2008-12.  He served as Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, 2008 – 2012, Head of the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University, 1993 – 2000, and Master of Downing College Cambridge 1995 – 2000.

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991; Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002;  knighted in 2003;  made Officier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’Honeur in 2009.