Dirk Forrister

President and CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

Dirk Forrister is President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), a nonprofit business association dedicated to market-based climate policies. With 140 member companies, the IETA is respected globally as a thought leader on strategies to harness the power of markets to bring climate protection.  

Mr. Forrister brings a long history of public and private sector engagement in energy and environmental policy. He spent a decade as Managing Director at Natsource LLC, the manager of carbon funds valued at $1.2 billion. Earlier in his career, he served as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration, and Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Public Affairs.