James Irungu Mwangi is the founder and CEO of Africa Climate Ventures, where he is working to build and accelerate transformative climate-smart and carbon-negative businesses. James is also the founder of Climate Action Platform for Africa, launched in 2021, to unlock Africa’s potential as a leading climate actor. Previously, James helped found the Dalberg Group, and in a 20-year career, led the firm’s expansion into Africa, served as Global Managing Partner of Dalberg Advisors, and as Executive Director of the Dalberg Group. James serves as an independent director on several boards including the Skoll Foundation, the Global Centre for Pluralism, One Acre Fund, Old Mutual Limited and Koko Networks. He is a 2009 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow, a 2013 Young Global Leader and a 2021 Yale World Fellow. In 2022, James received the Climate Breakthrough Award in recognition of his ongoing efforts.