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Seminar 9

“Future of Planet Earth” Participant Biography

Paris, France | June 3–5, 2008

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Crispin Tickell

Sir Crispin Tickell is the Director of the Policy Foresight Programme at the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization at Oxford University. He is associated with other British universities as well as universities in the United States. His main interests are in the field of the environment and international affairs.

Most of Tickell’s career has been in the Diplomatic Service. He was Chef de Cabinet to the President of the European Commission from 1977 to 1980, Ambassador to Mexico from 1981 to 1983, Permanent Secretary of the Overseas Development Administration from 1984 to 1987, and British Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1987 to 1990. He then became Warden of Green College, Oxford, a position he held from 1990 to 1997, and he was Chancellor of the University of Kent from 1996 to 2006. Among other positions he was also President of the Royal Geographical Society from 1990 to 1993, Chairman of the Board of the Climate Institute of Washington, DC, from 1990 to 2002, Convenor of the Government Panel on Sustainable Development from 1994 to 2000, a Trustee of the Baring Foundation from 1992 to 2002, Inaugural Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment from 2002 to 2003, and Advisor-at-Large to the President of Arizona State University from 2002. Since 1992 he has been a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and since 2007, President of Tree Aid.

Tickell was a member of two Government Task Forces: one on Urban Regeneration (1998–1999); the other on Potentially Hazardous Near Earth Objects (2000). From 1999 to 2004, he was a member of the Oxford Commission on Sustainable Consumption, and from 1994 to 2000, he served on the Government Round Table on Sustainable Development. He was a part of the Committee for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) from 1991 to 1994, and of the Working Group on the Use of Non-Human Primates in Research, 2005 to 2006. Since 2002, he has served on the Board of Overseers of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York. His interests range from governance and business to climate, pre-Colombian art, and the early history of the Earth.

Among many honours and distinctions Tickell has received are the GCMG (Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George) in 1988, KCVO (Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order) in 1983, and MVO (Member of the Royal Victorian Order) in 1958. He received the Chinese Government Friendship Award in 2004, the Award for International Cooperation on Environmental Protection (Chinese State Environmental Protection Agency SEPA) in 2003, Distinguished Environmental Lecturer at Harvard University in 2001, Melchett Medallist of the Institute of Energy in 1996, and Global Environmental Leadership Award of the Climate Institute of Washington, DC, in 1996. Eight institutions have named him an Honorary Fellow and twenty-four honorary doctor degrees were conferred upon him between 1983 and 2006.