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Hazel Henderson      

Futurist, Evolutionary Economist & Sustainable Development Expert

Hazel Henderson D.Sc.Hon., FRSA, is the founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC and the creator and co-executive producer of its TV series. She is a world-renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of The Axiom and Nautilus award-winning book "Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy" and eight other books. She co-edited, with Harlan Cleveland and Inge Kaul, "The UN: Policy and Financing Alternatives," and co-authored with Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda, "Planetary Citizenship."

Her articles have appeared in over 250 journals, including Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor; and Challenge, Mainichi (Japan), El Diario (Venezuela), World Economic Herald (China), LeMonde Diplomatique (France) and Australian Financial Review. Her books are translated into German, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, Korean, Portuguese and Chinese.

She sits on several editorial boards, including The State of the Future Report, and E/The Environmental Magazine (USA), Resurgence and Foresight and Futures (UK).

Since becoming a full-time media executive in 2004, Henderson stepped down from her many board memberships, including Worldwatch Institute (1975-2001), Calvert Social Investment Fund (1982-2005), and other associations, including the Social Investment Forum and the Social Venture Network. She remains on the International Council of the Instituto Ethos de Empresas e Responsabilidade Social, Sao Paulo, Brasil; formerly on the International Advisory Council of Forum 2000, she serves on the Program Council of FORUM 2000, Prague, Czechoslovakia, founded by their late President Vaclav Havel; and she is a Fellow of the World Business Academy.

Henderson leads the Transforming Finance initiative, created the Green Transition Scoreboard, co-developed with Calvert the GDP alternative now renamed the Ethical Markets Quality of Life Indicators and co-organized the Beyond GDP conference for the European Commission. In preparation and subsequent to the EC conference, she has funded three Beyond GDP surveys, finding strong support worldwide for ESG metrics in national accounting.

She is an active member of the National Press Club (Washington DC), the World Future Society (USA), a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation and a member of the Association for Evolutionary Economics. She serves as an Honorary Judge of the Youth Citizen Entrepreneur award and the KATERVA Global Awards for Sustainability.

In 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Henderson was honored as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America. In 2012, she was named to the Post Growth Institute (En)Rich List as a top 100 luminary inspiring global prosperity beyond economic wealth; and, honored for her lifetime achievement with the Award for Natural Law and Order from the Maharishi University School of Management and with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Development of ESG & Investing at TBLI Europe. In 2013, she was inducted into the International Society of Sustainability Professionals Hall of Fame.

Speech Topics

Suggested Topics:

  • Social Capital & Economic Development
  • Transnational Corporations & Global Citizenship
  • Spirituality in Business
  • Building a Win-Win World


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