The Executive Director of CAN develops and implements strategic plans for CAN, which assist in guiding the CAN Network and its membership. He is also responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization, which includes managing staff as well as collaboration with the board.
Wael Hmaidan is the Executive Director of CAN International, the largest network of International and national NGOs working on climate change with 20 offices around the world. He is also expert advisor to the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group of 45 developing countries working on climate change. His work in CAN is to develop and coordinate the global strategy of the network on climate change. Mr. Hmaidan also advises various other governments, UN Agencies, and other institutions on climate change policy. He is a regular speaker on climate policy in various forums, including UNFCCC, UN General Assembly, UNDP, UNEP, OECD, etc. Mr. Hmaidan has more than 20 years of experience in climate change policy. His work on this issue started in his capacity as the Greenpeace campaigner for the Arab World, where he helped established the energy and marine protection campaign in the region. He has been attending all international climate change negotiations for the past eight years, and two years of those as a lead negotiator for the Lebanese government. Mr. Hmaidan obtained an Executive MBA degree from INSEAD, and a Masters in Environmental Science.