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Jennie Dodson

Senior Director, Policy Advocacy & Member Mobilization

Dr Jennie Dodson is Senior Director at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), based in London, Switzerland. Jennie joined WBCSD in 2023.

In her role, Jennie leads the partnership and engagement strategy to scale collection action between the world’s leading companies and governments across all the pathways and imperatives. She also manages relationships with international and civil society organizations and builds WBCSD’s presence to drive outcomes at key global summits.

Jennie has worked for over 15 years at the intersections of diplomacy, innovation, and sustainable development across academia, non-profit, government and international organisations. Before joining WBCSD Jennie was Head of Secretariat for Mission Innovation, the global political action forum for clean energy innovation launched by world leaders at COP21. Since 2017, she worked with 23 governments collectively responsible for $30 bn annual investment, to increase investments and collaboration to accelerate tipping points in the cost and scale of technologies. This included launching seven global Missions, the Global Cooling Prize and a government commitment to invest $94 bn in demonstration projects. Jennie also served as the innovation lead for COP26, where she was an architect of the Breakthrough Agenda.

Earlier in her career, Jennie worked as an academic in the UK and Brazil designing biorefinery products and processes. She secured scale-up funding for a spinout company, was a FutureEarth Fellow and fellow at the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Jennie has a PhD in Green Chemistry from the University of York and is the founder of two non-profits.

Jennie is also working as a special advisor on exponential systems change for Global Optimism and the Climate Champions Team until COP28.

In her spare time, Jennie can be found dancing forro, coaxing vegetables to grow, taking historical road trips and cooking in her local community kitchen.