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Janez Potočnik

anez is a very experienced public policy leader and drives SYSTEMIQ’s policy agenda. In addition to his work with SYSTEMIQ, Janez is Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel hosted by UNEP, Chairman of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture and RISE Foundation and a Member of the European Policy Centre's Advisory Council.

After a successful career in national government and academia in Slovenia, Janez joined the European Commission as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research from 2004-2010 and then for Environment from 2010-2014.

Janez was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by London Imperial College and by Ghent University in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration by Findland Aalto University in 2016. In September 2013 he received the United Nations' Champions of the Earth Award.