Short Biography

Kali Taylor is a policy officer at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) focused on the Sustainable Development Goals.  She currently acts of the coordinator of Building Bridges, a multistakeholder collaboration on sustainable finance.  Previously she led the Geneva 2030 Ecosystem initiative and acted as an Advisor to the SDG Lab at the UN Geneva.

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. In her early career, she held numerous positions in the energy industry and completed an internship with the Green Growth Knowledge Program at UN Environment.

​She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary specializing in Energy Management and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo. ​

Full Biography

Kali Taylor is a sustainable development professional, with a keen interest in systems thinking, social change, and youth engagement.  She has a wide range of experience including sustainable development, green growth advancement, climate change mitigation, business development, project management, and NGO leadership.

Kali currently works with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Geneva where she leads the Geneva 2030 Ecosystem initiative, which is focused on building new forms of collaboration and partnership to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Kali also acts as an Advisor to the SDG Lab at the UN Geneva, representing the NGO viewpoint and providing expertise on systems change and innovation.

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 held numerous positions in the energy industry and independent consulting assignments in areas including business development, project management, CO2 management, triple bottom line performance, and innovation improvement.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary specializing in Energy Management and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo. 

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.