Justine Leigh-Bell

Justine has spent much of her career helping business leaders and governments find solutions to the global challenges of climate change and sustainable development. She has provided advisory services for a number of global institutions and governments across Europe, Africa, India, Indonesia and Latin America. Her areas of focus includes sustainable development in emerging economies, climate change mitigation/adaptation strategies, climate finance, economic valuation and market based instruments for managing natural resource assets.


She is currently the Deputy CEO & Director of Market Development at the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), an investor focused not for profit working to mobilize debt capital markets for climate change solutions. Her primary focus is in the emerging markets where she works closely with both public and private sector actors in developing national policy guidelines and investment roadmaps that will enable access to green bond financing. Currently, she leads CBI’s efforts in the Americas and Africa where market development programs are underway.


Previously, she was heading the development of the International Climate Bonds Standard Program, where she worked closely with industry leaders and global experts in establishing a screening tool for investors to easily prioritise climate and green bonds with confidence.


Justine has an MSc. in Molecular Science from Yale University and an MSc. in Environmental Economics and Policy from Imperial College, London.

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