AIESEC Peacebuilder

70th Anniversary Edition

Gunter Pauli


AIESEC Experience

Gunter was the National President of AIESEC in Belgium and held a position at AIESEC International shortly after.

Contributions to AIESEC’s Vision of Peace and Fulfillment of Humankinds Potential

Gunter has been an advocate for the environment and sustainability. He founded the Zero Emissions Research Initiative, a global network of 2,800 scientists, professors, and intellectuals continuously rethinking innovations to make business and operational processes as durable as possible. He also released a book called The Blue Economy that tackles how sustainable practices can shift a society of scarcity to abundance.


Gunter Pauli was born in 1956. He is a graduate from St. Ignatius Loyola's University in Belgium, Economics (1979) and outstanding AIESEC Alumnus, he later obtained his MBA from INSEAD (1982) in Fontainebleau, France. He also has an honorary master in Systemic Design from the Politecnico di Torino(Italy) and an honorary doctorate in economics from the University of Pecs (Hungary). Pauli has lived on 4 continents, is fluent in 7 languages, is a resident of Japan since 1994 and spends most of his time in South Africa. He is married to Katherina Bach and is the father of 5 sons (Carl-Olaf, Laurenz-Frederik, Philipp-Emmanuel, Louis-Hadrien, and Francesco-Aurélio) and 1 (adopted) daughter (Chido). He has been active as an entrepreneur setting up a dozen companies, a lecturer at the Politecnico di Torino and the University of Pecs, and commentator in culture, science, politics, sustainability, innovation, and the environment for different media. He is a member of The Club of Rome, The Young President's Organization, and Chairman of Novamont SpA.

He built the first ecological factory in the world when a shareholder, Chairman, and CEO of Ecover, that under his leadership became a worldwide acclaimed ecological building, being completed in 1992.

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