Anders Wijkman

Co-President of Club of Rome, chairman of Swedish Association of Recycling Industries, chairman of the Governing Board of Climate-KIC; former president GLOBE EU; former UN Assistant Secretary-General

Anders Wijkman is an opinionmaker and author. He is co-president of the Club of Rome, senoir advisor to The Stockholm Environment Institute and chairman of the Swedish Association of Recycling Industries. As of March 2017 Anders is chairman of the Governing Board of Climate-KIC – the largest public-private partnership on innovation for low-carbon solutions in the EU.

Anders has served as a Member of the European Parliament, as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Policy Director of UNDP, as Secretary General of the Swedish Red Cross, as Secretary General of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and as Director General of SAREC (the Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries). In 2015-2016 Anders chaired the Swedish Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives, whose main task was to develop a long-term climate strategy for Sweden. The proposal will be turned into law in June 2017.

Anders is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, the World Future Council and the International Resource Panel. He is also a member of the Board of SIDA (Swedish Development Authority) Anders is honorary doctor at Linköping University(2011).

During 2015 Anders published the report – ”The social benefits of moving towards a Circular Economy” – on the request of the Club of Rome. The main conclusions are that serious decoupling, in the form of a circular economy, will bring significant benefits to society – primarily in the form of lower carbon emissions and gains in employment. In 2012 Anders launched ”Bankrupting Nature” – with co-author Professor Johan Rockström. The book was published by Routledge.