Yvo de Boer is the director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), a Seoul-based international organisation. He was appointed to serve a four-year term beginning on April 15, 2014.
Previously, he served as KPMG's global chairman of climate change & sustainability services. Before joining KPMG in 2010, de Boer led the international process to respond to climate change in the role of executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2006 to 2010.
During his tenure he raised the issue of climate change to the highest levels of political and media attention. He brought over 100 world leaders to Copenhagen for the international climate negotiations in December 2009 and secured commitments from over 90 countries to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Prior to his UN role, he was extensively involved in European Union environmental policy as deputy director general of the Dutch Environment Ministry. He also served as vice-chair of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, and acted as an advisor to the Government of China and the World Bank. In 2011 he was appointed to chair the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Climate Change.