Chris Whaley

Senior Adviser to the STAP Chair


Chris Whaley is a senior policy advisor with extensive experience of global agreements on climate change, biodiversity, chemicals, forestry, and sustainable development, working in the U.K., EU, internationally, as a diplomat and in the UN system.

At the U.K. Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, Chris was Head of EU and International responsible for leadership and guidance on international environmental and sustainable development policy, including agriculture, food security, climate change, biodiversity, water, oceans, and sustainable consumption and production (2006-2015). He was a member of the U.K. team negotiating Sustainable Development Goals.

Chris is a former STAP Secretary (2003-05 and 2017-2021).

From 1997 to 2001, Chris was Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington DC, representing the U.K. on science, technology, energy and the -environment with the US administration, on Capitol Hill, with business, academia and non-governmental organisations. 

In addition, Chris has served as: Business Development Manager at Canary Wharf Limited, a privately-owned property development company redeveloping London's docklands; Visiting Fellow at the World Resources Institute; Visiting Foreign Scholar at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, sponsored by the German Marshall Fund; and Chair of SEED, a non-governmental organisation which supports sustainable development projects in developing countries.  

Chris holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a masters degree in mathematical economics from the University of Birmingham.

Chris Whaley