Press release

IISD's Drexhage to join UK-based International Council on Mining and Metals

January 17, 2011

WINNIPEG—January 18, 2011—John Drexhage, director of climate change and energy with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, is relocating to London to join the U.K.-based International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) as director of its new climate change program.

Drexhage, an international expert, advisor, author and noted commentator on a broad range of climate change issues and negotiations, has directed IISD's work on climate change and energy for over 10 years.

"John has been an outstanding and dedicated leader to a team of staff and associates around the world and has helped raise IISD's profile on the international and national stage with the establishment of our climate change and energy program a decade ago," said IISD CEO and president Franz Tattenbach.

"We thank John for his many years of service to the institute and wish him well in his new endeavours. We look forward to opportunities for future collaborations in our work for sustainable development."

Drexhage will be working closely with ICMM president Anthony Hodge, a former IISD associate, to help the international mining and metals industries meet the organization's policy objectives and the challenges posed by climate change.

With over 20 years of leadership in the field, IISD's associates and partners are
found around the world at the cutting edge of sustainable development whether in
non-government organizations, government or industry.

Drexhage officially takes up his new position in mid-March. -end-

For more information please contact Nona Pelletier, IISD media and communications officer, Phone +1 204 958-7740 Cell: +1 204 962-1303 

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The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 250 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.