Elise Buckle


CEO Climate & Sustainability, Co-Founder SHE Changes Climate, UN Advisor & International Gender Champion – Switzerland


Elise Buckle is co-founder of SHE Changes Climate, CEO of Climate & Sustainability and Board Member of the Climate Action Accelerator as well as the IISB Sustainability Council. Elise was recently appointed as International Gender Champion in 2023 and recognized as one of the top ten most influencers women leaders in 2022.

Elise has a strong track record of building successful global alliances to deliver positive impacts for climate, people and nature, including the Planetary Emergency Partnership, the Nature-Based Solutions Coalition hosted by the UN, the Leaders Pledge for Nature and the G7/G20 Summit alliances for sustainable finance.

Elise led and facilitated several Citizens Forums and worked as an elected politician for her city defending an ambitious program for climate, energy, diversity and inclusion. Elise is professor at the Glion Institute and the Graduate Institute in Environmental Policy and Executive Leadership for Sustainability. She holds several Master’s degrees and diplomas from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the London School of Economics, Sciences Po Paris. She is also the author of two books, as well as several research publications.