Gabrielle Walker is an expert strategist, speaker and writer, helping businesses to address global challenges—with a focus on sustainability and climate change. She is a TED speaker and has a strong background in building new narratives and engagement across a wide range of sectors.
She works at boardroom-level with a broad set of global companies to analyse emerging global trends, challenge conventional thinking and turn analysis into meaningful action.
Gabrielle Walker has covered many different sectors including: oil and gas, utilities, renewable energy, finance and investment, consumer goods, retail, risk management, certification and professional services.
In founding her company, Valence Solutions, Gabrielle Walker brought together a team with decades of corporate expertise and deep personal commitment to accelerating action on the climate crisis. Using innovative meeting design, Valence Solutions provides a leading platform for fresh conversations across perceived divides, thus developing a wider set of practical solutions to help tackle the most difficult and least addressed climate challenges.
Through its partnership with the UNFCCC High Level Champions for Climate Action, Valence Solutions participated in many COP26 events in Glasgow and developed a non-profit organisation, Rethinking Removals. Focused on catalysing the scale up of the carbon removals industry at speed, Rethinking Removals has become a leading light by collaborating on events and initiatives with multiple stakeholders across the globe.
In addition, Gabrielle joined forces with friends, Mark Stephenson and Marta Krupinska, to create CUR8, which enables organisations and individuals to build carbon removals portfolios of the highest quality by working with the best nature and technology partners within the industry.
She has been Climate Change Editor at Nature and Features Editor at New Scientist and has written very extensively for many international newspapers and magazines, including The Economist, Prospect, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She is author of four books including co-authoring the bestselling book «The Hot Topic», how to avoid global warming while still keeping the lights on, which was described by Al Gore as “a beacon of clarity” and by The Times as “a material gain for the axis of good”.
Gabrielle is a TED Speaker and an Ambassador for Client Earth. She gives keynote addresses to corporate audiences around the world. She is also an accomplished moderator of high-level debates, guiding panels involving global CEOs, former heads of state, government ministers, military generals and global humanitarian leaders.
Gabrielle Walker has extensive experience at designing and facilitating innovative “safe-space” conversations between global leaders, from small round tables through to major international meetings. She has presented many TV and radio programs for the BBC.
Gabrielle has spoken extensively across Europe and North America, South America, South Africa, China, India and the Middle East and delivered keynote addresses and presentations to organisations including AES, Asia Development Bank, Astrazeneca, BP, Club of Madrid, DNV GL, KPMG, Lazard, Royal Dutch Shell, and many others.
A self-confessed “ice addict” Gabrielle has made more than a dozen trips to both poles. She has also climbed trees in the Amazon rainforest, swum with piranhas, been sneezed on by a humpback whale, hooked lava out of a live volcano, and flown in zero gravity.
She has a PhD from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton Universities.