Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2002
Bieberstein Koch-Weser is head of Centennial Group's Social and Environmental practice.
She is widely known for her work on social and environmental policy and programs on all
major regions of the world. In addition to her substantive knowledge of the issues and her
demonstrated ability to find practical solutions to them, she has wide-ranging contacts
with government policy makers, the NGO community as well as international financial
Dr. Koch-Weser is also founder and President of Earth3000, a non-profit organisation defending environmental rights of future generations. Earth3000 promotes understanding, commitment, programs and innovations for salvaging the earth's basic assets for the survival of human kind - climate, biological species, water, top soil, and ocean resources. Earth3000 promotes environmental security and long term systemic improvements in local, national and global environmental governance. Convinced that the next decades are of crucial importance for all future, Earth3000 seeks forceful action to reverse present trends of loss and extinction.
Earth3000 follows the Earth Charter's compelling call for shared ethical commitment and intergenerational responsibility. Its aim is to engage an interdisciplinary global alliance of scientists, philosophers, religious leaders, economists, decision-makers in the private, public and civil society sectors, and leaders in the arts. With the help of their voices, Earth3000 hopes to inspire a new, keenly results-oriented generation of environmental stewardship.
Dr. Koch-Weser's field experience in international development and environment spans the regions of South Asia, East Asia & Pacific, Latin America & the Caribbean, West & East Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe & countries of the Former Soviet Union.
Prior to founding Earth3000, Dr. Koch-Weser was Director General of IUCN -The World Conservation Union. Founded in 1948, IUCN -The World Conservation Union is the world's largest umbrella organisation of environmental institutions, bringing together a unique membership of Governments and Government Agencies, and hundreds of civil society organisations. IUCN's six Commissions provide a prestigious world-wide network for academia and science.
From 1980-1998 Dr. Koch-Weser worked at the World Bank, where she was closely associated with the build-up of environmental and social programs and policies. In her most recent assignment she was Director for Environmentally & Socially Sustainable Development for the Latin America & Caribbean Region. Her previous World Bank assignments included Chief of the Asia Environment and Natural Resources Management Division (and simultaneous management of the World Bank's first Alternative Energy Unit), and Chief of the Environmental Assessments & Programs Division of the Environment Department. In earlier years she held positions as Project Officer, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, and Sociologist, with responsibilities for environment, agriculture and rural development programs, as well as environmental and social safeguards associated with energy, infrastructure, and mining projects.
During the early stages of her career, Dr. Koch-Weser taught anthropology and Latin American Studies at George Washington University in Washington D.C. Dr. Koch-Weser is an anthropologist. She holds a Ph.D. from the Universities of Bonn and Cologne, where she studied Social Sciences and Latin American History. A German national, Dr. Koch-Weser is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and to a lesser extent in French and Russian.