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Bjørn Lomborg's Mug ShotAdjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School
Director of Denmark's National Environmental Assessment Institute
Organizer of the Copenhagen Consensus Director for the Copenhagen Consensus

Main Topics: Political economy, population environmental and global issues, global solutions, simulation of strategies in collective action dilemmas, contemporary debates on politics, culture and society


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Professional Profile: Lomborg is adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and author of the best-selling The Skeptical Environmentalist in which he challenged mainstream concerns about the environment and pointed out that we need to focus attention on the most important problems first.

Bjørn Lomborg sets global priorities and isn't afraid to voice an unpopular opinion


The book had its genesis in 1998, when Lomborg worked as an associate professor of statistics at the Department of Political Science at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He published four lengthy articles about the state of the environment in a leading Danish newspaper, which resulted in a firestorm debate spanning over 400 articles in major metropolitan newspapers. The articles led to the publication of The Skeptical Environmentalist in 2001, which has now been published in every major language in the world. Since the publication of The Skeptical Environmentalist, Lomborg has been a frequent participant in public debate. His commentaries have appeared regularly in such prestigious publications as the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Globe & Mail, The Guardian, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Australian, the Economist. He has appeared on TV shows such as Politically Incorrect and ABC 60 minutes, along with shows on CNN, BBC, CNBC, and PBS.
In November 2001, Lomborg was selected Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.
Lomborg organised Copenhagen Consensus in 2004, a project which brought together some of the world's top economists to prioritize the best solutions to the world's biggest challenges. Essentially, he asked these experts to tackle the question: With limited resources, how can we do the most good possible?
In 2005 Lomborg was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and listed as the world's 14th most influential intellectual by Foreign Policy and Prospect Magazine.
In June 2006 he repeated the Copenhagen Consensus project with top United Nations ambassadors instead of economists. He managed to bring together representatives from China, India and the USA, representing about half the world's population. Their ranking of solutions to the world's challenges was the first of its kind for the United Nations.
These two conferences and their results have resulted in two books: Global Crises, Global Solutions and How to Spend Billion to Make the World a Better Place.
The next global Copenhagen Consensus project will be held in 2008.
In September 2007, he published Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Climate Change, a groundbreaking book that will transform the debate about global warming by offering a fresh perspective based on human needs as well as environmental concerns.
He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine after the publication of his controversial book. In 2004, he convened the Copenhagen Consensus, which tries to prioritize the world's greatest challenges based on the impact we can make, a sort of bang-for-the-buck breakdown for attacking problems such as global warming, world poverty and disease. From February 2002 to July 2004 Lomborg was director of Denmark's national Environmental Assessment Institute.

  • During this period he was named one of the "50 stars of Europe" (as one of the 9 "agenda setters" in Europe) in Business Week
  • In April 2004, Lomborg was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time Magazine.
  • In 2008 Bjorn Lomborg was named one of the "50 people who could save the planet" by the UK Guardian together with the German chancellor Angela Merkel, Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Geneticist Craig Venter, London mayor Ken Livingstone, Nobel prize winner Wangari Maathai, and Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett.
 
 
Education:
  • M.A. in Political Sciences, University of Copenhagen, 1991
 
  • Ph.D. in Political Sciences, University of Copenhagen, 1994
 
 
Principali pubblicazioni:
  • B. Lomborg, Cool it – The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide To Global Warming, 2007
 
  • B. Lomborg, The Skeptical Enviromentalist, 2001