Sofie Defour

Climate Manager

European Union (Brussels)

Sofie joined T&E in May 2020 after three years working as the policy advisor on climate, energy and environment for the Flemish socialist party. Today she leads T&E’s work on the future of the Effort Sharing Regulation and on carbon pricing in the non-ETS sectors. Before becoming T&E’s climate manager, Sofie worked on the shipping team.

Sofie holds a master degree in international politics. She kick-started her career advising companies on their commuting policy. Sofie is a firm believer in the power of thoughtful, committed citizens to change the world and was the coordinator of Climate Express, Belgium's first citizen climate movement. She has an extensive network in the Belgian civil society and sits on the board of a just transition NGO (Reset.Vlaanderen), a sustainable agriculture NGO (Wervel) and the city of Ghent’s renovation support scheme (ReGent). Sofie is also part of the Sounding Board of the Belgian Alliance for Climate Action. A native of Belgium, she swears by the ‘Burgundian lifestyle’ of good food and wine. Sofie clears her mind by reading or going for a run.