Alan AtKisson is a senior advisor and author in the field of sustainability, sustainable development, and transformative change, with nearly 30 years of international leadership and advisory experience. He consults to governments, leading companies, global NGOs, and the United Nations.
In recognition for his many contributions as a leader, innovator, and communicator, AtKisson was inducted into the international Sustainability Hall of Fame in 2013. He was also elected a Full Member of the Club of Rome in 2015.
Alan AtKisson is a frequent keynote speaker and conference moderator, and he occasionally serves as an executive trainer to government and other officials. He has extensive experience in translating the science, economics, and policy dimensions of sustainable development into clear language and strategic action. His books include the bestseller Believing Cassandra: An optimist looks at a pessimist’s world, The Sustainability Transformation, and Sustainability is for Everyone. They have been translated into several languages and adopted for use by universities, companies, and professional training programs.
His most recent book, Parachuting Cats into Borneo (co-authored with change management expert Axel Klimek), was recommended by global business leaders such as Paul Polman (CEO Unilever). It offers practical advice on the process of leading change.
AtKisson is President of AtKisson Group, founded in Seattle in 1992, now an international network of sustainability advisor and experts, with representatives in Asia, Europe, Australia, Latin America, and North America. He served as President of the international Balaton Group (2006-2012), Executive Director of the international Earth Charter Initiative (2006-2007), and as a member of the President’s Science and Technology Advisory Council of the European Commission (2013-2014). Since 2009, he has consulted to the UN Secretariat (UNDESA) and numerous UN offices in his role as an independent advisor. He also advises governments on their sustainable development plans and strategies.
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