Kali Taylor is a sustainable development professional, with a keen interest in systems thinking, social change andd youth engagement. She has a wide range of experience including green growth advancement, climate change management, business development, project management and NGO leadership.
Kali currently works with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Geneva coordinating action on the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Kali is a member of the UNOG SDG Lab team, representing the NGO viewpoint and providing expertise on systems change and innovation best practice.
Kali is a co-founder and the founding Executive Director of Student Energy, a global not-for-profit dedicated to empowering the next generation of leaders who will transition the world to a sustainable energy future. Kali ran the organization for 3 years through its formative years and initial growth stage before taking on the Board Chair position, which she currently holds.
She has also completed an internship with the Green Growth Knowledge Platform - a joint initiative between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Bank and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) for advancing the green economy.
In her early career, Kali has also held numerous positions in the energy industry and independent consulting assignments in areas including business development, project management, CO2 management and triple bottom line performance and innovation improvement.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary specialized in Energy Management and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo.
She also holds various advisory positions including:
- Youth Leader of Smart Prosperity
- Advisor to Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy
- Steering Committee Member of the Energy Futures Lab
- Board of Directors for Young Women in Energy.
Kali has received numerous awards for her contributions to the community including the Premier’s Citizenship award, the Queen Elizabeth II Citizenship medal. She was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists under 25 in 2011, one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2013, GLOBE's Next Gen Entrepreneur in 2014, an AB Top Young Innovator in 2016, and one of Canada's Top 35 Under 35 Energy Leaders in 2016.