Angela Francis

Economist and champion for the environment

Angela Francis started as an accountant in the energy industry before moving into economic development where she has worked for the last 18 years. Before it was even part of her job, she has always found ways to focus on how our human systems – energy, production, consumption, transport and planning – need to change to come into line with our planetary ones. After finding her home in the environmental advocacy sector 4-5 years ago, Angela is now Chief Advisor on Economics and Economic Development at WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). She provides economic advice across the climate, food and biodiversity programmes, as well as leading on trade and industrial policy for a green transition.

Prior to working at WWF, Angela led on economics and strategy for the East of England Development Agency and worked on productivity, innovation, and low carbon growth in the UK and Europe for economic and social research consultants SQW. She was Regional Economist and Climate Attaché for the Foreign Commonwealth Office in the Caribbean and returned to the UK to be Chief Economist for environmental think-tank, Green Alliance, where she led on industrial strategy, tech and the economic case for a low carbon and circular economy. She is a member of the IPPR’s Environmental Justice Commission and UCL’s Green Innovation Policy Commission.

Outside of work, Angela still identifies as a rugby player, which she started at university and only stopped when the post-match recovery began to wipe out the whole weekend. Now, she has a more sedate pastime of singing in her local choir.

Favourite TED Talk:

Amy Cuddy
Your body language may shape who you are

Meet the TEDxLondonWomen 2019 speakers

  • Crêpes à la carte

    Crêpes a la carte serves a variety of delicious sweet and savoury crêpes in an easy to eat take away cone. At all locations you will find a strong Arrogantly French atmosphere…where you will be transported, momentarily, to a little corner of France…
  • Vidhya Ramalingam

    Specialist in far-right extremism and co-founder of Moonshot CVE
  • Nathaniel Cole

    Writer, facilitator and co-founder of Swim Dem Crew
  • Choco Fruit

    London's favourite dessert; fresh fruit skewers, covered in the finest Belgian chocolates, garnished with an array of yummy toppings.
  • Stomping Grounds

    A new and funky cafe serving up all kinds of crazy hot and cold drink concoctions with vegan and gluten-free pastries and cakes for our customers!
  • Mary Portas

    Global retail authority and advocate for The Kindness Economy
  • Stefanie Reid

    Paralympic long jumper, actor and chef
  • Onjali Rauf

    Children’s author and Founder of Making Herstory