Project Officer, Geneva 2030 Ecosystem Initiative, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Kali Taylor leads the Geneva 2030 Ecosystem Initiative under the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD) SDG Knowledge Program. This initiative promotes collaboration and initiatives for Geneva-based actors focused on SDG implementation. IISD has partnered closely with the UNOG SDG Lab to fulfill this vision and, as such, Kali is seconded part-time to the UN Office at Geneva, representing NGO viewpoints and providing expertise on systems change and innovation best practice.
“I was raised on a farm and therefore have been closely connected to nature since I was very young," says Kali. "But it wasn't until I began working in the energy industry that I truly realized I was an environmentalist.” This prompted her to co-found an NGO named Student Energy focused on engaging youth in energy and climate issues. “The more I worked on these issues the more I saw the integrated and multi-disciplinary nature of the issues which prompted me to look to sustainable development as a more holistic concept.”
Kali is looking to bring an international perspective to a Canadian-focused approach at the Summit, proving that economic, social and environmental priorities do not have to be competitive. When Kali is not working or busy learning French, she enjoys hiking, theatre and learning about design and behavioural science.