Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer

Expert on the Environment and Sustainable Development

Professor Klaus Töpfer has earned enormous respect, both as a German government minister, handling portfolios such as environmental protection, town planning and construction, and in the international arena as the Executive Director of UNEP, the United Nations Environmental Programme.

"Widely recognized as having spearheaded environmental policy as Minister of Environment"

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  • Climate Change
  • Renewable Energies
  • The Future of the Environment
  • Sustainable Development
  • Globalization


He presents in English and German.

How he presents

An experienced teacher and engaging speaker, Prof. Töpfer challenges audiences with his hard hitting yet inspirational presentations.

In Detail

Klaus Töpfer became Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Director-General of the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON) in 1998. He was also appointed Acting Executive Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements from 1998 to 2000. Before joining the United Nations, Klaus Töpfer held several posts in the Federal Government of Germany. In 2007 he was appointed Professor for Environment and Sustainable Development at Tongji University Shanghai. He graduated from Mainz, Frankfurt and Munster in 1964 with a degree in Economics.


Prof. Töpfer explains in detail his vision of a social market economy and his strategies to make the environment work to improve the lives of present and future generations. He explains how the environment is not a hindrance for economic development and how protection of natural resources and regulations on the use of harmful substances trigger technology development and create exciting new opportunities, markets and jobs.



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