The Executive Director
The Executive Director of the South Centre is Mr. Martin Khor of Malaysia. He joined the South Centre as its Executive Director on 1 March 2009. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Third World Network (TWN), a leading developing-country civil society organization involved in research and publications in trade, environment and development issues. He was also the Editor of the South-North Development Monitor (SUNS). He is a member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy.
Previously, he served as a member of the Board of the South Centre (1996-2002), the Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy, the International Task Force on Climate Change (2003-2005), the Commonwealth Expert Group on Democracy and Development (2002-2003), the United Nations Secretary-General’s Task Force on Environment and Human Settlements in the United Nations System (1998), and the intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on the Right to Development under the UN Commission on Human Rights (as Vice-Chairman in 1996 and as a member in 1997).
He was educated in Economics in Cambridge University (U.K.) and the Universiti Sains Malaysia. He has authored many books and papers on trade, sustainable development, intellectual property rights, and development. Formerly, he had also worked as Research Director of the Consumers’ Association of Penang and as a lecturer in the Universiti Sains Malaysia.