Worldwatch Institute Names New Leaders

Robert Engelman Is Executive Director, Ed Groark Board Chair; Christopher Flavin Named President Emeritus

Washington, D.C.—The Board of Directors of the Worldwatch Institute has named Robert Engelman as the Institute’s new Executive Director and Ed Groark as the Board’s new Chair.

Engelman is a veteran researcher, author, and former journalist who had served as Worldwatch’s Vice President for Programs since 2007, providing strategic direction for the organization’s research. Groark, who founded and led information technology service companies, is a long-time member of the Board.

Christopher Flavin, who has served as Worldwatch’s President since 2000, was named President Emeritus and will continue researching and writing at the Institute, where he has worked since 1977. Both Engelman and Flavin will serve on the Institute’s Board of Directors. Groark succeeds Tom Crain, former managing director of a global investment management firm. Crain had been Chair since 2008 and remains on the Board.

“I am deeply honored to be asked to lead the Institute and its creative and dedicated staff,” Engelman said. “I will give all I can to move the Worldwatch Institute successfully and prosperously into the coming months and years. As I do, I want to acknowledge the leadership of Chris Flavin over the past decade. Chris brought to the Institute a strong focus on environmental innovation. His intellect and foresight have kept Worldwatch on the cutting edge of the trends that are changing our world.”

Flavin will focus his upcoming work for the Institute on energy and climate policy. “This is a pivotal time for the global energy economy,” Flavin said. “Worldwatch is poised to provide leadership on the way forward.”

The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization that is working to speed the transition to an environmentally sustainable world that meets human needs. Since its founding in 1974 by Lester Brown, Worldwatch has been among the world’s most well-respected environmental research organizations. Earlier this year, in a report on “global go-to think tanks,” the University of Pennsylvania named Worldwatch among the top three environmental think tanks in the world.

Worldwatch’s recent work in sustainable agriculture, low-carbon development strategies, rights-based approaches to population, energy and environment in China, and the green economy has been featured in hundreds of media outlets and is relied upon around the globe by those seeking to build a more sustainable world. The Institute’s flagship annual report State of the World is currently published in 27 countries and 16 languages.