PARIS21 2021 Annual Meetings: Data as a public good – Building resilience for a post-pandemic world


Alan AtKisson

Assistant Director-General
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)


Alan AtKisson serves as Assistant Director-General of Sida - the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. He also leads the Department of Partnership and Innovation at Sida, a department of over 100 highly skilled professionals who work to advance everyone's right to good life, free from poverty and oppression, through sustainable development. The department manages grant portfolios related to Sida’s work with civil society, research cooperation, capacity development, and multiple training and exchange programs. It also coordinates Sida’s engagement programs with business, investors, other Swedish government agencies, as well as other key international partners; manages Sida’s work with innovative financial instruments such as loan guarantees; and coordinates Sida's work with development-related innovation. Prior to joining Sida, Alan worked principally as a senior advisor and consultant in the field of sustainability, sustainable development, and transformative change. He has over 30 years of international leadership, advisory, research and communications experience; and he has consulted to governments, leading companies, global NGOs, and the United Nations. Over the years he has founded, directed and/or chaired a number of other organizations and initiatives, written numerous books and articles, and developed tools and methods now used around the world in the field of sustainability. Alan has previously served as Executive Director of the international NGO Earth Charter International; director of the new-economics think-tank Redefining Progress; president of the Balaton Group, a pioneering global network of sustainability and systems researchers; and member of the President’s Science and Technology Advisory Council for the European Commission. In recognition for his many contributions as a leader, innovator, and communicator, AtKisson was elected into the International Sustainability Hall of Fame in 2013. He was also elected a Full Member of the Club of Rome in 2015.