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Maurice Strong: a study in leadership - Conference Secretariat



The Secretariat was organized around the themes of the Conference agenda. Working routines were devised using the latest management techniques available at the time, which were fine-tuned during the spring of 1971.

Stockholm Conference Secretariat

Maurice Strong, Secretary General

Marc Nerfin, Chef de Cabinet
Michael Zammit Cutajar,
assistant to Nerfin, Author, Stockholm liaison
Michel Dina-Lobé, Programme Director Committee 1,
covering human settlements, education, information, social and cultural aspects
Luis Perez Arteta, Programme Director Committee 2,
covering natural resources management, development and environment
Peter S. Thacher, Programme Director Committee 3,
covering identification and control of pollutants of broad international significance, international organizational implications
Peter B. Stone,
Public Information Officer
Albert Khazoom,
Executive Officer
Vladimir N. Kunin,
Senior Scientific Adviser
Arslan Humbaraci,
Director of External Relations
Whitman Bassow,
Senior Public Affairs Adviser

In addition to the core staff, the Secretariat hired a considerable number of very qualified consultants and advisers. These individuals, who played a key role in developing the substantive content of the Conference and represented Strong in travels abroad, included the following persons:

Gamani Correa, Chairman, Academy of Sciences, Sri Lanka – senior economic adviser, Chairman Founex Seminar, later Secretary General of UNCTAD
Richard N. Gardner, US, Professor Columbia University – adviser on institutional follow-up
Shiv Gupta, India, Professor, Management and Behavioural Science Center, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, US – adviser on systems issues, head of team analysing national reports
Mahbub ul Haq, Pakistan – later Pakistan Minister of Finance and creator of Human Development Index – adviser on economy and development
Enrique Iglesias, Uruguay – adviser on environmental problems in developing countries with focus on Latin America, later Executive Secretary of Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA)
Barbara Ward, UK – adviser on intellectual and conceptual framework and the lead author on the state of the environment (“Only One Earth”)
Carroll Wilson and William Matthews, US, Professors MIT – advisers on issues related to Action Plan, Wilson was US member of the Advisory Committee on the Application of Science and Technology to Development (ACAST)
Claude Pineau, Canada – adviser African issues
Salah Dessouki, United Arab Republic – Representative of Arab countries
Christian Garnier, French, Institute de l´Environnement, Paris – adviser Stockholm Agenda Area 4 for education, information, social and cultural aspects
James Wolfensohn, US – investment banker, adviser on business sector issues, later President of the World Bank
Diego Cordovez, Ecuador – adviser on institutional issues, later Foreign Affairs Minister of Ecuador and Assistant Secretary-General of the UN
David Runnals, Canada – special adviser to Maurice Strong, later President of the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD)