László Pintér, PhD

The Reflexive Community


László Pintér is currently Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and Senior Fellow and Associate at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Canada. Prior to joining the faculty of CEU in 2010 he had been working full time with IISD since 1994, serving as Director of IISD’s Measurement and Assessment Program between 2003 and 2010.

László is a sustainable development and environment expert, author, speaker and practitioner with background in analyzing strategically important sustainable development issues at the global and sub-global levels. He is best known for his work on sustainable development indicators and strategies, integrated assessment, sustainability reporting and synthetic global outlooks. He works worldwide with governments, multilateral organizations, companies and communities that seek to translate sustainability from theory into practice. Currently one of his main interests is in the implementation strategies of sustainable development goals and related transition pathways that could help keep the Earth System and human society in a safe operating space. He passionately believes the battle for global goals will be won by the coordinated, inspired, everyday action of many at the local level.

László has a PhD from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba and an MSc in Agronomy from St Stephen’s University in Hungary. During 2000-01 he spent a year as Practitioner Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, studying the design of the UN’s Global Environment Outlook that he continues contributing to until today as a coordinating lead author. László lives with his family in Winnipeg, with frequent travels to Hungary and many other corners of the world.