Bjørn Lomborg Keynote Speaker
- Convener of the Copenhagen Consensus
- Repeatedly one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s "Top Global 100 Thinkers"
- Best-selling author, "The Skeptical Environmentalist" (2001), and "Cool It" (2007)
Bjørn Lomborg is adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and the convener of the Copenhagen Consensus, which tries to prioritise the world’s greatest challenges based on the impact we can make. It has been running since 2004.
The Copenhagen Consensus taps the expertise of leading economists and a diverse forum of young participants. It starts from the premise that we cannot solve every problem in the world, and asks: Which ones should we fix first? In 2004 it determined that control of HIV/AIDS was the best investment, and mitigating global warming was the worst. Bjørn summarised these findings in “How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place.”
In 2008, the Consensus assembled over 55 international economists, including 4 Nobel laureates, to assess and prioritize solutions for the major global challenges of today, including conflicts, malnutrition, health, education and terrorism.
He is author of the best-selling “The Skeptical Environmentalist” (2001) and “Cool It” (2007). Here he challenges mainstream concerns about the environment and points out that we need to focus attention on the smartest solutions first.
Bjørn Lomborg is one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century according to Esquire magazine, and one of the 50 people who could save the planet according to the UK Guardian. Lomborg has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers.