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Walter R. Stahel      

Editor of the Risk Management Newsletter of The Geneva Association

A consultant on the policies and strategies of a sustainable development to the European Commission in Brussels, he participated at its 'Futures 2010' project (on the panels ‘natural resources and the environment’, ‘European technology map’, ‘financing the societal bills’), as well as on ETAN and STRATA projects on research policy, risk management and global climate change, and on the issue of sustainable and competitive production. He is an associate member of ESTO, the European Science and Technology Observatory. He has worked as a consultant on strategic issues for:

  • a number of large industrial companies (including BP, COruS, Cookson Plc in the UK; Eastman Kodak in the USA, Fuji-Xerox in Japan);
  • small and medium sized enterprises in Germany, Austria and Japan;
  • national and regional governments in Europe (UK House of Commons, London; Ministry of the Environment Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart; Federal Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Vienna; Federal Ministry of Research and Education, Bonn, Germany; Ministère de la Recherche, Paris),
  • professional organisations (including the UK Design Council, the U.S. IDSA (Industrial Designer Society of America), the Austrian ‘WIFI’ (office of economic promotion), and CIDA Chinese Industrial Designer Association).

Stahel regularly lectures at universities and conferences in Europe, Asia and the USA on subjects ranging from the insurability of risks as the borderline between State and the economy, risk management and loss prevention to eco-design, waste prevention and strategies for a more sustainable development. He was Manager of the IFG Forum 1992/93 and its award programme (International Design Forum Ulm – the successor of the IHG Ulm) on the theme of ‘Common utilization versus singular consumption’.

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