Island states climate negotiator Lia Nicholson joins startup Terrascope as sustainability lead

Nicholson led negotiations for the Alliance of Small Island States at the COP26 climate talks.

Lia Nicholson, Terrascope
Lia Nicholson was lead negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, chaired by Antigua and Barbuda for 2021-2022, which helped to secure an agreement to phase out fossil fuel subsidies at the COP26 climate talks. Image: LinkedIn

Supply chain decarbonisation startup Terrascope has appointed small island states climate negotiator Lia Nicholson as head of sustainability.

Nicholson moves to Singapore to take on her new role at Terrascope, which launched last year to help companies in hard-to-abate sectors in emerging markets decarbonise using data and analytics.

Her role will involve building a community of sustainability practitioners across carbon-intensive sectors like agriculture, apparel, chemicals and construction, and helping them to reduce their emissions and adopt best practices in line with a 1.5-degree global warming pathway. 

The Antigua and Barbuda national moves to the startup after eight years working in the public policy and non-profit space in the Caribbean, West Africa and Pacific.

She was most recently lead climate negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, a bloc of 39 countries which helped to secure an agreement to phase-out fossil fuel subsidies and create a loss and damage response fund at the COP26 climate talks.

Over her career, she has worked as a techical advisor to the cities of Abidjan, Accra, Dakar and Lagos to prepare climate action plans and net zero emissions targets, and Antigua and Barbuda’s environment department in fundraising and project management.

She was also previously executive director of Environmental Awareness Group, Antigua and Barbuda’s oldest environmental non-profit.

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