Sir Crispin Tickell GCMG KCVO

Director of the Policy Foresight Programme at the James Martin 21st Century School, Oxford University

Executive summary: Sir Crispin Tickell is the Director of the Policy Foresight Programme at the James Martin 21st Century School at Oxford University. He is associated with other British universities as well as universities in the United States. His main interests are in the field of the environment and international affairs.

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Sir Crispin Tickell is the Director of the Policy Foresight Programme at the James Martin 21st Century School at Oxford University. He is associated with other British universities as well as universities in the United States. His main interests are in the field of the environment and international affairs. Most of his career was in the Diplomatic Service. He was Chef de Cabinet to the President of the European Commission (1977-80), Ambassador to Mexico (1981-83), Permanent Secretary of the Overseas Development Administration (now DFID) (1984-87), and British Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1987-90). He then became Warden of Green College, Oxford (1990-97), and Chancellor of the University of Kent (1996-2006). Among other things he was President of the Royal Geographical Society (1990-93); Chairman of the Board of the Climate Institute of Washington DC (1990-2002); Convenor of the Government Panel on Sustainable Development (1994-2000); a Trustee of the Baring Foundation (1992-2002); a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (1992-2006), Inaugural Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment (2002-3), and Advisor At Large to the President of Arizona State University from 2002. Since 2007 he has been President of Tree Aid. He also has business interests including being Director (non-executive) of IBM (UK) (1990-1995) He is author of Climate Change and World Affairs (1977 and 1986) and Mary Anning of Lyme Regis (1996). He has contributed to many books on environmental issues (including human population problems, and conservation of biodiversity). He was a member of two Government Task Forces: one on Urban Regeneration, the other on Potentially Hazardous Near Earth Objects. He has received many honours and distinctions. His interests go wide: they range from governance and business to climate, pre-Colombian art, and the early history of the Earth.

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