Yannick Glemarec announced as new Gold Standard Foundation President, and Chair of the Gold Standard Board

Gold Standard is pleased to announce that Yannick Glemarec has been elected as the new Chair of the Gold Standard board, and President of the Gold Standard Foundation

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 15 September 2023 – Following a vote taken at the board meeting on Friday 15 September, Yannick Glemarec has been elected as the new Chair of the Gold Standard Board of Directors, and President of the Gold Standard Foundation. Taking over from departing President, Yvo de Boer, he will serve a 4-year term.

Welcoming the appointment Margaret Kim, Gold Standard CEO, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Yannick as Chair of Gold Standard’s Board. With his leadership and experience of delivering innovative finance mechanisms to support sustainable development in developing countries, with his passion and strong voice for delivering impact with credibility and transparency, he is ideally placed to help Gold Standard in its journey towards becoming a global impact standard.”

Mr Glemarec, the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund from April 2019 to April 2023, brings much experience to the role. Across his career he has been involved in the development and/or management of over 1,000 multilateral climate and development projects and over 100 multi-partner climate and development trust funds in over 140 countries.

Reacting to his new appointment, Yannick Glemarec said:

“I am honoured by the board members decision. I look forward to working with them, Margaret and the wider team at Gold Standard. By cooperating with partners to deliver real change and verified impact where it is needed most, we can collectively make a difference in our fight against climate change.”

The appointment ends the 5-year term of departing Gold Standard President, Yvo de Boer.


Mr de Boer said:

“During my time at Gold Standard I’ve witnessed remarkable achievements. In the last five years the Standard has upheld its credibility and has been pivotal in shaping wider sustainability discourse. We've collaborated globally, broadened our focus, and made significant strides in integrating a holistic approach to climate action. Furthermore, we've begun exploring how we can guide key stakeholders through the evolving regulatory landscape.

This progress stands on solid foundations. As Gold Standard advances, it must focus on enhancing its strengths, and developing tools that amplify its impact. I am thankful for the journey and will continue to cheer Gold Standard’s success from a distance.”

Reflecting on Mr de Boer’s contribution to Gold Standard, Margaret Kim said:

“I want to place on record my thanks to Yvo for his support, guidance, and strategic leadership. His contribution to the development of our 2020-25 strategy, his steadfastness in upholding the integrity of the standard and the values it stands for, and his efforts to bring us closer to our stakeholders – whether carbon market, government, or private sector – have been vital in supporting the growth and evolution of Gold Standard.”


Media Category: Press Release
Event Dates: Monday, September 18, 2023