Sam Bickersteth joined the INTRAC Board in December 2018.

Sam is an agricultural economist with a background in food security, natural resources and climate change, having worked for PwC, DFID and Oxfam.  He was head of programme policy at Oxfam and also held leadership positions for DFID in Bolivia, Mozambique and Nepal.  Sam was Chief Executive of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) from 2011 to 2018. CDKN developed innovative solutions for climate compatible development in 70 countries in the areas of climate policy, planning, finance, climate-related disasters and international negotiations; its monitoring and evaluation systems were developed and supported by INTRAC.  Sam was Executive Director of the Rockefeller Foundation on Economic Health from 2018 to 2019.

Sam has lived in Africa, South Asia and Latin America in his roles as researcher, policy adviser and programme manager. He has been a Director in PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change team, an Honorary Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute and adviser to the London School of Economics/Leeds University Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP).

He joined Opportunity International as Chief Executive in 2019.