Professor of Climate Strategy, BI Norwegian Business School
Jorgen Randers (born 1945) is professor of climate strategy at the Norwegian Business School, where he works on climate and energy issues, scenario analysis and system dynamics. He lectures widely at home and abroad on sustainable development issues – particularly climate change – for all types of corporate and non-corporate audiences.
He is best known as author of the book “Limits to Growth”, first published in 1972, which he co-wrote for the Club of Rome to study the economic growth and resource constraints and environmental implications for humanity. This sold more than 12 million copies worldwide in 30 languages. More recently he wrote “2052, a Global Forecast for the Next 40 Years”, in which he makes predictions for the outcome of the world and offers proposals for our response to this scenario. The book has later appeared in German, Korean, Japanese, Italian and Chinese with 100.000 copies printed.
Jorgen Randers is non-executive member of several corporate boards in Norway, including the state owned Postal Service. He also sits on the sustainability council of The Dow Chemical Company in the US and (until recently) of British Telecom in the UK. He chaired the Commission on Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions who reported in 2006 to the Norwegian cabinet on how Norway can cut is climate gas emissions by two thirds by 2050.
He was President of the Norwegian Business School BI 1981 – 1989, and Deputy Director General of WWF International (World Wide Fund for Nature) in Switzerland 1994 – 1999.