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

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    Psychological scientist, writer and co-founder of Spot
  • Nikita Gill

    Poet and writer
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  • Mary Portas

    Global retail authority and advocate for The Kindness Economy
  • Poppy Wells

    Primary school teacher and mother
  • Vidhya Ramalingam

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

    Singer and musician
  • Galeta

    Galeta is a wholesale bakery in East London that creates award-winning, cakes, cookies, and pastries. We only use 100% natural ingredients and have stayed true to our roots - with markets still being at the heart of our growing business.