Tom Mitchell

Executive director

Tom has a keen interest in leadership in complexity and a research background on systems innovation, climate resilience, and anticipatory governance. Previously with senior roles at Climate-KIC and the Overseas Development Institute, Tom has also served as an IPCC co-ordinating lead author and a UN senior technical advisor.


Climate resilience; innovation policy; systems innovation; disaster risk reduction.

Before IIED

  • Chief strategy officer, Climate-KIC (2018-22)
  • UK director, Climate-KIC
  • Climate and environment programme lead, Overseas Development Institute
  • Research fellow, Institute of Development Studies 
  • Tom has also served as a coordinating lead author of the IPCC and senior technical advisor to UNDRR


  • Tom has a PHD from UCL, MA from Rutgers (US) and his undergraduate from Cambridge University

Current work

Transformative climate adaptation approaches; systems innovation and strengthening regional climate adaptation innovation ecosystems.

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