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Alan AtKisson speaking in Oslo (photo: DOGA)

Alan AtKisson works as a senior official in the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, known as Sida.

For many years previously he was a consultant and advisor in the field of sustainability, with clients and assignments in over 50 countries. He has written six previous books, including the 1999 bestseller Believing Cassandra: How to be an optimist in a pessimist’s world.

AtKisson has also served in leadership roles for national and international institutions, and he is the founder or co-founder of several organizations working in the field of sustainability. He served on the President’s Science and Technology Advisory Council for the European Commission.

In 2013, AtKisson was inducted into the International Sustainability Hall of Fame in recognition of his many contributions to the field, including a number of widely used tools and methods. In 2015, he was also elected a Full Member of the Club of Rome.

A dual citizen of the United States and Sweden, AtKisson lives in Stockholm. For a full bio and profile, see