Martin Lees

OECD-IIASA Strategic Partnership on Systems Approaches


Martin Lees obtained an MA in Mechanical Sciences at Cambridge in 1964 and a Post Graduate Degree from the College of Europe in Bruges in 1970. He joined the Directorate for Science and Technology at OECD in 1971 and was responsible in 1973, for the "InterFutures" Project on the Future of the Advanced Industrial Societies in Harmony with that of the Developing Countries. From 1980 to 1984 he was Executive Director of the United Nations Financing System for Science and Technology for Development and in 1984 was appointed UN Assistant Secretary General and became Executive Director of the InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government.
During more than 35 years of cooperation with China, he initiated the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development in 1992. From 2001 to 2006, he was Rector of the University for Peace of the United Nations and is now Rector Emeritus. From 1995 – 2008 he was Moderator of the International Advisory Board of the Toyota Motor Corporation and, from 2008 to 2010, Secretary General of the Club of Rome.

As Senior Adviser to the President of COP 20 and moderator of the Gorbachev Task Force on Climate Change, Martin Lees has been engaged on issues of climate, environment and economic growth. He is currently Chairman of the OECD-IIASA Task Force on Systems Thinking, Anticipation and Resilience and leading a programme on the advancement of systems thinking through education at the University of Koblenz-Landau in Germany.

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