Orville Grey

Head of Secretariat, NAP Global Network

Orville Grey is the Head of Secretariat for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network, which is hosted by IISD. Orville leads a multidisciplinary team of adaptation experts based around the world, working to expand the Network’s reach, respond to the needs of country partners, and be a leading voice for adaptation planning in global policy processes.

Orville has 20 years of combined experience in climate change adaptation and environmental planning, science, and policy work. In his previous roles as a Regional Manager (Caribbean) and Adaptation Planning Specialist at the Green Climate Fund (GCF), he coordinated the development and implementation of various program strategies, the technical review of adaptation planning proposals, and the active engagement with developing countries, including those most vulnerable to climate change—especially Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. Prior to the GCF, he was a lead negotiator on climate change adaptation for the Alliance of Small Island States, where he was involved in the critical negotiations that led to the Paris Agreement. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with climate change impacts.

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Areas of expertise
Climate Change Adaptation
International Relations
National Adaptation Plans
Paris Agreement
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PhD Environmental Biology, University of the West Indies (Mona), Jamaica, 2012
MSc Environmental Studies, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, United States, 2004
BSc Zoology & Botany (Environmental Science), University of the West Indies (Mona), Jamaica
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