Christopher Flavin is President of the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington-based international research organization focused on energy, resource and environmental issues. Worldwatch is recognized around the world for its path breaking work on the global connections between economic, social, and environmental trends. Chris has spent his career at Worldwatch where he previously served as Senior Vice President and Vice President for Research.
Chris is a leading voice on the need to build a low-carbon economy that will meet human needs without undermining the Earth’s ecological support systems. He has participated in several historic international conferences, including the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and the Climate Change Conference in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997.
Chris is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and serves as a board member of the Climate Institute and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan. He is on the advisory boards of the American Council on Renewable Energy, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, and the Cumulus Climate Fund.
Chris speaks frequently to business, university, and policy audiences. His recent appearances include the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference, the Ethanol Summit in Sao Paulo, Cleantech Venture Forums in San Francisco and London, the 18th World Petroleum Congress in Johannesburg, the 11th World Congress of Public Health in Rio de Janeiro, the World Affairs Conference in Washington, and a global security conference hosted by the German Foreign Minister in Berlin.