Bruno Oberle

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Bruno Oberle

Head Chair for Green Economy and Resource Governance, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Bruno Oberle is Chair of the Green Economy and Resource Governance program at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He also heads up the IRGC, the International Risk Governance Center at that same university. His work focuses on the transition to a society which generates greater benefits with less depletion of resources, thus respecting the limits of sustainability on our planet. In 1999, Professor Oberle was appointed Deputy Director of the Federal Office for the Environment, Forests and Landscape and in 2005 Director of the newly established Federal Office for the Environment. He presided until the end of 2015 over that agency with its extensive portfolio ranging from environmental protection to the prevention of natural hazards, from climate policy to forestry and from air hygiene to the licensing of chemicals. Starting in 2005, Bruno Oberle also represented Switzerland in leading international institutions and international negotiations as Secretary of State for the Environment. He played a key steering role in the Global Environmental Facility GEF and in establishing the Green Climate Fund GCF. Professor Oberle studied environmental science at ETH Zurich where he was awarded a doctorate, and also pursued studies in economics and mediation science.