Alok Sharma takes his Hindu upbringing and English childhood in Reading and combines it to be an international warrior for climate change. He builds connections all over the world in order to make it a better place.
Early Years & Childhood
His parents tried to balance the integration into the new community with a Hindu upbringing for their children. Alok got the inspiration to be a politician from his father, who was chairman of the Berkshire area of Conservatives.
Alok attended Presentation College and Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning as a young student. He then moved on to the University of Salford, from where he graduated with a BSc in Applied Physics with Electronics in 1988.
Work & Politics
For several years, before starting his political career, Alok worked successfully as an accountant.
Since then Alok has had several roles in the British government. As the Minister of State for Housing, Sharma was responsible for the Government’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire. He attracted media attention when he was visibly moved while making a statement to the House of Commons on 5 July 2017.
His most recent role is the President of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also referred to as COP26. On 8 January 2021, Sharma left his position as Secretary of State to become President of COP26 on a full-time basis, and chair of the Climate Action Implementation Committee.
Some of his responsibilities in this job include: leading preparations for COP26, which was held in Glasgow in November 2021 and chairing the Climate Action Implementation Cabinet Committee to coordinate government action towards net zero by 2050.
Sharma has sought to forge personal relations with smaller island states but also with more influential economies by visiting China and his native country of India – two of the biggest holdouts against an ambitious deal. He has won some praise from delegates for his balanced leadership.
He will stay in this role till November 2022.
“I think the wider point is that even in something that might feel so overwhelming as climate change, we can, each and every one of us, in our own way, make small differences in terms of our daily lives, in terms of tackling climate change.”
Beside his recent work fighting climate change, Alok has worked with local school and parent groups, like All Saints Junior School, The Wren School and Purley Primary School, to deliver extra government funding and ensure that we have much needed extra school places being created.