Klaus Leisinger

Klaus Leisinger

Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development

Dr. Klaus Leisinger is president and CEO of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, which has has consultative status with the Social and Economic Council of the United Nations. He studied economics and social sciences at the University of Basel in Switzerland, earned his doctorate in Economics, and did his post-doc in Sociology. 


In addition to his position at Novartis, Klaus Leisinger is Professor of Sociology at the University of Basel. He continues to pursue his academic and practical field work on a wide range of development-related topics, among them business ethics, corporate responsibility, human rights and business as well as general topics of international development and health policy in less developed countries. He has contributed to the academic debate widely through articles in peer reviewed journals and books in several languages.

Klaus Leisinger serves as invited lecturer or guest professor at several Swiss and German universities, as well as at the University of Notre Dame, the MIT Sloan School of Management (Cambridge), and at Harvard University. He is member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in Theology by the University of Fribourg in Switzerland in November 2004.