Dirk Forrister

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Dirk Forrister
Occupation President and CEO
Employer International Emissions Trading Association
Location Geneva

Dirk Forrister is president and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA. He took the position in May 2012, replacing Henry Derwent.[1] He previously ran his own consultancy as principal and founder of Forrister Advisory and served as chair of market oversight at IETA.[2]


Forrister is former climate adviser to President Bill Clinton. He also served at the US Department of Energy and with Natsource as a Managing Director until 2010.[3]

He also served as an assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Energy Program Manager at the Environmental Defense Fund and was legislative counsel to Congressman Jim Cooper, the author of two early climate change laws. Forrister is a member of the advisory boards of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the American Carbon Registry.[4]


Forrister earned his bachelor of arts degree from David Lipscomb University and a juris doctorate from Rutgers University.[5]