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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus TÖPFER Founding Director, IASS - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., Former Federal Minister, Federal Republic of Germany, Potsdam


1968 Doctorate, University of Münster
1971-1978 Head of Planning and Information, State of Saarland
1978-1979 Professor and Director, Institute for Spatial Research and Planning, University of Hannover
1978-1985 Secretary of State, Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Environment, State of Rheinland-Pfalz
1985-1987 Minister for Environment and Health, State of Rheinland-Pfalz
1985-1986 Honorary Professor, Economic Faculty, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
1987-1994 Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
1994-1998 Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Housing and Urban Development
1998-2006 Executive Director, UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
2009-2015 Founding and Executive Director, IASS - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam


Federal Cross of Merit, 1986
German Award for Culture, 2010
Wilhelmine von Bayreuth Award, 2012
Inducted in the "Kyoto Earth Hall of Fame", 2012