Laurence Tubiana is the Special Representative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP-21) and is also French Ambassador for Climate Negotiations. She is the founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris, Professor and Director of the Sustainable Development Center at Sciences-Po, Paris and is visiting Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Since September 2012, Laurence serves as co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)'s Leadership Council and of the SDSN working group on Deep Decarbonization Pathways. She is also President of the Board of Governors of the French Development Agency.
In 2012, Laurence Tubiana was appointed by the French government to the National Steering Committee on Energy Transition. From May 2009 to May 2010, she was in charge of launching the new direction of Global Public Goods of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. From 1997 to 2002, she served as Senior Advisor on environmental issues to the French Prime Minister and conducted a number of international negotiations on this subject. Previously, she served as a member of the French Council of Economic Analysis and as Research Director for the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). She also represented European NGOs at the World Bank and directed the French-based NGO Solagral. She is member of several scientific boards of main research institutions such as the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the India Council for Sustainable Development and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. Founder of the journal Le Courrier de la Planète, she has published a number of articles and books on environment, development and international issues. Since 2007, she co-directs the publication of the annual review Sustainable Development in Action – A Planet for Life. Laurence Tubiana studied at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and holds a PhD in economics.