Klaus M. Leisinger

Managing Director and President of the Board of Trustees,
Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development

Klaus Leisinger heads the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development as Managing Director and President of its Board of Trustees. The Foundation has consultative status with the Social and Economic Council of the United Nations.

Dr. Leisinger is also Professor of Sociology at the Uni¬vers¬i¬ty of Basel, where he teaches Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. He served as invited lecturer at several Swiss and German universities, as well as at the University of Notre Dame, De Paul University, and the MIT Sloan School of Management (Cambridge). Dr. Leisinger is member of the European Acade¬my of Sciences and Arts and has published comprehensively in different languages. Dr. Leisinger’s professional career brought him also to East Africa as CEO of the former Ciba Pharmaceuticals Regional Office, where he was responsible for the business in 12 East African countries.

Dr. Leisinger has held and still holds several advisory positions in a number of national and international organizations, such as the United Nations Global Compact and the UN Economic and Social Council. Between September 2005 and December 2006, he served as Special Advisor of the United Nations Secretary General for the UN Global Compact.