Mark New is Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town, and AXA Research Chair in African Climate Risk. He also has a joint appointment as Professor for International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK. As Director of ACDI he is responsible for fostering interdisciplinary research and teaching on climate and development problems at UCT, and in partnership with other organisations in Africa and globally. His research has spanned climate change detection, attribution, impacts and adaptation. His recent research has focused quantifying the changing risks of damaging climate events in southern Africa, and on understanding barriers and enablers to effective climate adaptation responses. Mark is a coordinating lead author on the 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC, responsible for Chapter 17 of Working Group II, Decision Making Options for Managing Risk.