Antonio Hill has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Global Call for Climate Action, GCCA. Starting in his new role in April, Hill is taking over from Kelly Rigg, who steps down after five years with the GCCA.
Hill joins the GCCA from Oxfam, where he has served in various roles since 2000, including as lead on its global climate policy advocacy in the run-up to the 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen, and most recently, as the organization’s campaigns and advocacy advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has worked on rural development programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and led Oxfam’s engagement and advocacy around the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012.
An expert on finance, development, environment and governance issues, Hill has also served as an advisor to the governments of Colombia, Bolivia and El Salvador, and as a member of the Steering Committee of the UK Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, directed by Lord Nicholas Stern. Raised bilingual in Spain and the United States, Hill lives in Bogotá, Colombia, with his wife Ruth and baby daughter Maite.
GCCA Board Chair Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, welcomed Hill’s appointment:
Antonio’s skills and deep experience in campaign planning and execution, communications and advocacy, and managing coalitions and teams distributed across the globe all position him well for great success as Executive Director of GCCA. I’ve known and worked with Antonio for almost a decade, and am excited at the prospect of working even more closely with him as he takes on this new challenge. I know he will do a great job building on the strong foundation that Kelly has laid at GCCA over the last five years.
Hill described his motivation for taking on this role, after more than 13 years at Oxfam:
Climate change remains the most pressing threat to our common future, and the GCCA’s role remains fundamental. Its mission to achieve a world safe from runaway climate change by harnessing its members’ strengths is as relevant today as the day it was founded 5 years ago, and I’m honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as its Director at this crucial time.
Handing over a team of 17 GCCA Secretariat staff based in 8 countries, outgoing Executive Director Kelly Rigg added her welcome to Hill:
I’m thrilled to be passing the baton to Antonio. 2014 is a critical year for climate action, and I’m convinced he will bring new energy, insight and leadership to the GCCA. On top of that, he’s a great guy, easy to work with and well-respected by the community.
Formed by campaigners and advocates from major environment and development NGOs in 2008, the GCCA started campaigning under the TckTckTck banner in early 2009, with the aim of securing a fair, ambitious and binding climate treaty at COP15 in Copenhagen. Since then, the GCCA has evolved into a broad network of environment, development, science, faith, youth, labor, health, culture and other civil society organizations from across the globe, all working to communicate the urgency of acting on climate change, campaigning on the solutions before us, and mobilizing the public in support of strong, equitable government action at the national and international levels.