Geoffrey Heal is noted for contributions to economic theory and resource and environmental economics. He holds bachelors and doctoral degrees from Cambridge University and an Honorary Doctorate from the Université de Paris Dauphine. He is Donald Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise at Columbia’s Graduate School of Business. Author of eighteen books and over two hundred articles, he is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, Past President of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, recipient of its prize for publications of enduring quality and Life Fellow, a Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a founder, Director and Chairman of the Board of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations and a member of the economic advisory board of the Environmental Defense Fund.
Heal chaired a committee of the National Academy of Sciences on valuing ecosystem services, was a Commissioner of the Pew Oceans Commission, an IPCC coordinating lead author for the fifth assessment report, a member of President Sarkozy’s Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress and of the advisory board for the World Bank’s 2010 World Development Report and UNEP’s 2011 Human Development Report. He is currently a member of an OECD high-level experts group on the measurement of national income and a UNFCCC high-level group making recommendations about the implementation of the 2015 Paris climate accord. He has been a principal in two startup companies and on the investment committee of a green private equity group. Recent books include Nature and the Marketplace; Valuing the Future; When Principles Pay; and Endangered Economies: How the Neglect of Nature Threatens Our Prosperity.
Biography current as of September 17, 2019