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Maurice Strong, a senior advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and former senior advisor to the President of the World Bank, is one of the world’s most influential political and environmental activists. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Strong served on the board of directors for the United Nations Foundation, a UN-affiliated organization established by Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion donation. He is also a director of the World Economic Forum Foundation, Chairman of the Earth Council, former Chairman of the Stockholm Environment Institute, and former Chairman of the World Resources Institute.
In his native Canada, Strong’s career has spanned over five decades at some of Canada’s most prestigious companies. He has run several companies in the energy and resources sector, including the Power Corporation of Canada, Ontario Hydro, and Petro-Canada (the national oil company). He is currently the chairman of Technology Development, Inc., which funds research in the groundbreaking field of applying nanotechnology towards creating energy sources that are both affordable and ecofriendly.