Mohammed Saffar

Associate Fellow, Global Economy and Finance Programme

Headhsot of Mohammed Saffar


Mohammed Saffar is an experienced public policy professional with a focus on climate change, climate finance and international development.

He is currently a Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He leads work commissioned by donor governments to identify solutions for scaling up the mobilization of private finance towards climate action in developing countries.

Before joining the OECD, Mohammed held a number of roles in the UK government. He led the process to advise successive prime ministers on the UK’s bid to host COP26.

Mohammed also led the initial development of the policy programme for COP26, and later served as Head of Strategy and Engagement to the UK–UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance, Mark Carney.

Mohammed has extensive experience with wider international economic policy issues such as the G20, G7, and other multilateral fora and processes.

Past experience

2022–presentPolicy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
2020–2021Head of Strategy and Engagement, COP26 Private Finance, HM Treasury
2018–2020Head, Climate Change, Economic Security and Trade, National Security Secretariat, Cabinet Office
2016–2018Head, EU Market Access Strategy, HM Treasury
2016Head of Political Programme, British Embassy Tripoli, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office