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Professor Nay Htun, 27 May 2008

“Environmental Sustainability and Human Security: The Overarching Role of Climate Change"

Milton E. Bender Jr. Auditorium, Asian Institute of Technology
Tuesday, 27 May 2008, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


On 27 May 2008, AIT had the pleasure of hosting Professor Nay Htun, who delivered an extramural lecture on the topic “Environmental Sustainability and Human Security: the Overarching Role of Climate Change".

Professor Nay Htun is a former AIT faculty member and currently Professor of Environmental Sustainability, Stony Brook University, Southampton Campus, State University of New York.  He graduated with a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London.

He is a Fellow and Visiting Professor, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London; Visiting Professor and Senior Advisor for Asia Pacific, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Sweden; Honorary Professor, Tongyi University, Shanghai, China; Visiting Faculty and Advisor, Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand. He was Visiting Scholar at Harvard and Chancellor Distinguished Fellow, University of California Irvine.

He was formerly with UNEP and UNDP where he held the rank of UN Assistant Secretary General at both organizations.  At UNEP he held a number of positions including Deputy Executive Director and Regional Director for Asia Pacific and at UNDP he was Regional Director for Asia Pacific, responsible for 24 Country Offices.  He was seconded to the UNCED Secretariat; Geneva, Switzerland where he was the Program Director and Special Advisor and helped organize the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.  He was also the focal point for business and industry and liaised in particular with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Prior to joining the UN, he was Department Manager with Exxon Thailand. He is a Member of the Board of a number of not-for-profit research organizations, including the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, New York; the International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, Republic of Korea, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Hayama, Japan. He was formerly a Member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, CCICED, Beijing; and Board Member of the Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden.