GGGI director-general talks about sustainable development

By Kim Se-jeong

Frank Rijsberman, 62, director- general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), proudly calls himself a sustainable development practitioner.

Based in Seoul, the GGGI is an international organization committed to strengthening green growth strategies of developing countries using the model of Korea.

His current job gives him an opportunity to help member countries, mostly developing countries, come up with ways to turn their economies to more sustainable paths.

For example in Thailand, his organization is helping a local city recycle e-waste from appliances and mobile devices. In Cambodia, his organization worked to help the government generate cleaner energy, instead of building a coal-fired power plant.

Previously, he developed a strategy to give people in India access to toilets while working for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation between 2010 and 2012. He also worked for the International Agricultural Research Consortium, an organization dedicated to giving people equal access to decent food and getting them out of poverty.

At Google, his work was related to improving public health and adapting to climate change. He also headed the International Water Management Institute.

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