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Ian Johnson

Secretary General, Club of Rome

In 2010, Mr. Johnson was appointed Secretary General of the Club of Rome.

He has over 30 years experience in economic development. He spent 26 years at the World Bank, starting as an energy economist and financial analyst and working through increasing levels of responsibility. He was, for his last eight years, Vice President for Sustainable Development and, for five years, also Chairman of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

Prior to joining the World Bank, he was an economist with the British Government, and he spent five years in Bangladesh working with the United Nations and a nongovernment organization.

After leaving the World Bank, Mr. Johnson was an advisor to the government of Chile, a member of the Swedish Commission on Climate Change, senior advisor to GLOBE and chair of its Ecosystems Services Panel, as well as consultant to a number of international organizations.

He studied economics at the universities of Wales, Sussex and Harvard.

Articles by Ian Johnson

New Oil? The Energy Revolution in Reverse

Are new sources of oil getting harder and too costly to find, extract and distribute?

September 17, 2012

Diamond(s) Are Not Forever

Did Barclays Bank executives engage in fraud to boost the bank's market valuation — or because they lacked simple values?

July 19, 2012

Flying Down to Rio: Rethinking Global Public Policy

Was the UN's Rio+20 Earth Summit another lost opportunity for policymakers to do something productive about the global environment?

July 10, 2012

Employment and Ecology: The Twin Challenges for Humanity (Part IV)

How will the global community face the twin challenges of employment and protecting the planet's ecology?

November 28, 2011

Global Governance and the Role of Markets (Part III)

How will failure to address the excesses of past decades lead to greater disharmony in the future?

November 26, 2011

Real Values and Their Role in Global Governance (Part II)

Are there sets of global or universal values? If so, are they sufficient in a globalized world?

November 25, 2011

The Road to 2050 (Part I)

What major challenges will the global community face as it approaches mid-century?

November 24, 2011