Dr. Karl P. Sauvant is the Executive Director of the Columbia Program on International Investment; Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School; Co-Director, Millennium Cities Initiative; Honorary Fellow, European International Business Academy; Chatham House Foundation Fellow; Senior Advisor to the China Council for Investment Promotion; and Member, International Advisory Council, International Center for Corporate Accountability,
Baruch College, CUNY. He is also Guest Professor at Nankai University, China. Until July 2005, Dr. Sauvant was Director of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development (DITE), the focal point in the UN system for matters related to
foreign direct investment (FDI) and technology, as well as a major interface with the private sector. While at the UN, he created, in 1991, the prestigious annual World Investment Report, of which he was the lead author until 2004. In
1992, Dr. Sauvant founded the journal Transnational Corporations, serving as its editor until 2005.
Dr. Sauvant joined the United Nations in 1973 and, as of 1975, has focused his work on matters related to FDI. Since 1988, he was responsible for the Organization's policy analysis work on FDI. In 2001, he became Director of DITE. His responsibilities included managing the Division; promoting international consensus-building in the areas of FDI, technology and enterprise development; providing intellectual leadership for policy-oriented research; and conceptualizing and supervising technical
assistance activities in this field.
Apart from his work for the United Nations, Dr. Sauvant has published extensively on issues related to economic development, FDI and services. His name is associated with some 150 United Nations publications on FDI over the past three decades.
Dr. Sauvant received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He is a national of Germany,
married to Silvana F. da Silva, a national of Brazil.
Joachim Muller is the Director of Resource Management at the World Meteorological Organization. His currently resides in Chambesy, Switzerland.show more