Alexander Laszlo (Ph.D), is a co-Founding Member, Evolutionary Catalyst and New Paradigm Storyteller for EARTHwise. He is the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), former Director of the Doctoral Program in Leadership and Systemic Innovation at ITBA, Argentina, Founding Core Team Member of NetSpirit, and former Director of the Doctoral Program in Management at the Graduate School of Business Administration & Leadership (EGADE-ITESM), Mexico. As Professor of Systems Science and Evolutionary Development, he currently teaches on evolutionary leadership, collaboration, and systems thinking at a variety of MBA and Doctoral programs internationally, and serves as President of the Honorary Board of Advisors of the World Complexity Science Academy (WCSA).
He has worked for UNESCO, the Italian Electric Power Agency, and the U.S. Department of Education, has held visiting appointments with the London School of Economics and the European University Institute, and has been named a Level I Member of the National Research Academy of Mexico (SNI). He is on the Editorial Boards of seven internationally arbitered research journals, recipient of the Gertrude Albert Heller Award, the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award, and the Förderpreis Akademischer Klub award, author of over ninety journal, book, and encyclopedia publications, and a 6th Degree Black Belt of traditional Korean Karate.
Born in Fribourg, Switzerland, he is holder of a PhD in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Policy from the University of Pennsylvania from where he also received his MA in History and Sociology of Science. His BA is from Haverford College, with a major in International and Comparative Political Science and a minor in Human Physiology.
His intellectual passion is to apply systems thinking, policy analysis, and technology assessment to processes of individual and collective empowerment that foster conditions for a thrivable planet. His professional objective is to engage in educational and community-building activities that curate the nurturance spaces for actions at systemic leverage points that help emerge a global eco-civilization.