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Founder, Professor in Strategic Sustainable Development
The Natural Step
Professor Karl-Henrik Robèrt, MD, PhD is one of Sweden’s foremost cancer scientists and the founder of The Natural Step. He is a frequent speaker and author on sustainability and provides ongoing guidance and direction for the organisation. In recent years, Dr. Robèrt has stepped back from the day to day operations of The Natural Step and returned in earnest to his passion of scientific research through the Alliance for Strategic Sustainable Development, a scaling-up of the Real Change programme, an international initiative linking university research specialisations with real world application using The Natural Step Framework.
In 1999, Dr. Robèrt won the Green Cross Award for International Leadership, and in 2000 he won the Blue Planet Prize, the ‘Nobel prize’ for ecological sustainability, sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation. In 2005, he was awarded The Social Responsibility Laureate Medal by the Global Center for Leadership Business Ethics, and in 2006, Dr. Robèrt was included in the publication 100 Visionaries of the 20th Century.
Dr. Robèrt holds a PhD in medicine from Karolinska Institute and has served on the faculties of many of Sweden’s most prestigious hospitals and universities, including Huddinge University Hospital, the Chalmers Institute of Technology, and Blekinge Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of World Business Academy, Advisory Board Member at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, and Doctor of Public Service – Honorus Causa at the University of Portland, USA.
Dr. Robèrt lives in Sweden with his wife Rigmor and their two children.