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Klaus Töpfer

Scientific Programme Committee Member

Current Positions

  • Founding Director and Current Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany
  • Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at Tongji University, Shanghai (since 2007)

Biographical Information

  • Former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) based in Nairobi (1998-2006)
  • Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (1998-2006)
  • Held three Ministerial positions between 1985 and 1998 in Germany
  • Federal Cross of Merit (1986)
  • German Sustainability Award for his lifetime achievement in the field of sustainability (2008)
  • Ph.D. in Regional Development and Location Decision, University of Münster (1968)