James Alexander is Director of the City Finance Programme at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. In this role, James is responsible for C40’s work supporting global megacities to overcome the barriers to financing climate action. Specifically this is focused on providing technical assistance and support, helping cities address their challenges through peer-peer exchanges, sharing best practices and lessons learnt, and working at the international level to address the systemic financing barriers impacting on cities.
James is the C40 lead for the C40 Cities Finance Facility, a project implemented in partnership with GIZ, and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The C40 Cities Finance Facility supports C40 cities in developing countries to prepare and deliver finance-ready sustainable infrastructure projects, whilst building financial capacity, and sharing lessons learned.
Prior to joining C40, James served the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, advising the Scottish Government and other key stakeholders on economic growth in Scotland. As a major part of this role, James worked with the Leaders of Scotland’s cities helping to develop the Cities Strategy for Scotland and Scottish Cities Alliance focused on delivering additional investment, jobs and growth in Scotland’s cities.
As well as experience in economic development and sustainability, James also has a background in the education sector, including two years as President of the National Union of Students in Scotland.