Dr Nick King

Position

Chair

Country

South Africa

Dr Nick King is currently an independent researcher/consultant, having recently (Dec 2011) ended his term as Executive Secretary of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

GBIF is an inter-governmental initiative established by the OECD's Global Science Forum to enable free and open access to biodiversity information worldwide via the internet, to improve environmentally sustainable decision-making worldwide.

Born in Kenya and growing up in South Africa, Nick is a former Chief Executive of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Africa largest conservation NGO, and of BioNET-INTERNATIONAL, a UK-based IGO building environmental management capacity in over 140 countries worldwide. Nick's career also includes eight years at the CSIR in South Africa where he was part of the team developing best practices in environmental assessment and management, including EIAs and SEAs.

Nick has a BSc in Biological Sciences, BSc Hons (cum laude) in Biogeography and M.Sc. in Ecology from South Africa, a PhD in Geography obtained on a Fulbright Scholarship to the USA and an LLM in Environmental Law from the UK. He is passionate about both Africa and sustainability.