Senior Fellow and Associate
László Pintér is a professor with the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. He joined IISD in 1994 and served as the Director of the Measurement and Assessment Program between 2003 and 2010. During his time at the Institute he conceptualized, contributed to and led projects with emphasis on the state of the environment and sustainability reporting, sustainable development indicators and scenarios, performance evaluation, and integrated assessment in place-based, sectoral or global contexts. He brings a mentality strongly rooted in systems-thinking and a strategic approach, illustrated by his work on national sustainable development strategies.
Pintér established strategic collaborations with major international partners such as the United Nations Environment Programme, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and with Environment Canada, Agri-Food Canada and the United Way. During 2000–2001 he spent 10 months as a Practitioner Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, where he carried out research on the relationship between the design and effectiveness of global integrated environmental assessment systems. He often serves as an advisor to various international bodies, but also values opportunities to contribute to and learn from practical sustainability initiatives face-to-face at the community level.
At CEU, Pintér lectures on sustainable development, integrated environmental assessment and adaptation at the Masters and PhD levels, and leads summer courses on adaptive management and green industry, in addition to advising a growing number of graduate students. He also serves as a member of CEU’s Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining IISD he worked in the biotech industry as Marketing Director for Diagnostic Technology, Inc. in the United States and as Marketing Director for Deltaco RT in Hungary. Pintér’s doctoral thesis “Making Global Integrated Environmental Assessment and Reporting Matter” focused on analyzing the factors that contribute to the effectiveness and influence of forward-looking, global, multi-sectoral integrated assessments, looking particularly at the case of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook.
- Member, Advisory Group, The Integrated Assessment Society.
- Member, Advisory Board, Global Progress Research Network , Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
- Member, Advisory Board, International Network of Resource Information Centers (Balaton Group).
- Member, Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, Global Energy Sustainability Observatory / HELIO International.
- PhD – Forestry and Natural Resources (2002): University of Minnesota.
- Master of Natural Resources Management (2002): University of Manitoba.
- Master of Science – Agronomy (1988): St. Stephen Gödöllõ University of Agricultural Sciences, Hungary.