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László Pintér

László Pintér

Senior Fellow and Associate

László Pintér is a professor with the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary where he lectures on sustainable development and global transitions, adaptation and resilience and the water-food-energy nexus at the graduate level. Prior to joining the faculty of CEU in 2010 he had been working full time with IISD since 1994, serving as Director of IISD’s Measurement and Assessment Program between 2003 and 2010.

László has done extensive work on sustainable development indicators, strategies, integrated assessment, sustainability reporting and synthetic global outlooks. He brings a mentality strongly rooted in systems-thinking, stakeholder engagement and a strategic, solution-oriented approach. During his time at IISD he established strategic collaboration with partners such as the United Nations Environment Programme, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Environment Canada, Agri-Food Canada and the United Way. He continues to work worldwide with governments, multilateral organizations, companies and communities that seek to translate sustainability from theory into practice.

Currently one of his main interests is in the implementation strategies of sustainable development goals and related indicators and transition pathways. He led a multi-year initiative of the Asia-Europe Foundation on this topic to develop and test a methodology for goal and indicator selection at the national level, and has written on SDG governance, progress measurement and reporting.

László has a PhD from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba and an MSc in Agronomy from St Stephen’s University in Hungary. During 2000-01 he spent a year as Practitioner Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, studying the design of the UN’s Global Environment Outlook that he continues contributing to until today as a coordinating lead author. 

  • Education

    PhD – Forestry and Natural Resources (2002): University of Minnesota.

    Master of Natural Resources Management (2002): University of Manitoba.

    Master of Science – Agronomy (1988): St. Stephen Gödöllõ University of Agricultural Sciences, Hungary.