In November 2020 Barbara Davidson joined Carbon Tracker’s Regulatory Team as a Senior Analyst leading research on accounting, auditing and disclosures.  Prior to this Barbara worked as an independent consultant on a climate accounting initiative sponsored by the PRI.  Barbara is the lead author of Flying Bind: The glaring absence of climate risks in financial reporting.  She heads Carbon Tracker’s work on increasing stakeholder awareness of the need to improve climate-related disclosures in financial reporting. Barbara has contributed to the drafting of the CA100+ methodology for, as well as the assessment of, companies against the new Climate Accounting and Audit Alignment Assessment.  She writes and speaks regularly about accounting, audit and climate -related issues.

Barbara has over 20 years of advisory, accounting, relationship and stakeholder management experience from working in the US, France, Hong Kong and the UK.  She formerly headed the investor engagement team at the International Accounting Standards Board, where she founded and implemented their Investors in Financial Reporting programme and secured significant relationships in the global investment community.  Barbara’s experience in accounting policy, transaction advisory and audit roles comes from working at international organisations including Morgan Stanley, Nomura, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte. Her background has provided her with significant insight into the financial reporting requirements of the investment community, including, but not limited to, environmental policy and climate-related risks.

Barbara was a member of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board’s Climate Accounting Standards sub-group prior to the CDSB joining the ISSB.  She is a US Certified Public Accountant with an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BSc in Accounting from Binghamton University.