Terry F. Yosie, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the World Environment Center in Washington, D.C. The World Environment Center is a global, nonprofit, non-advocacy organization whose mission is to advance sustainable development through the business strategies and operations of global companies in partnership with national governments, multilateral institutions, nongovernmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. For more information on the World Environment Center and WEC's Climate Adaptation Initiative, go to www.wec.org.
Terry F. Yosie, Ph.D., joined the World Environment Center in October 2006 as the president and CEO. In this capacity, he develops and implements strategies to achieve this global nonprofit, nonadvocacy organization's mission to implement sustainable development through the business operations of large global companies in partnership with government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC's principal areas of focus have included clean production, climate change, energy efficiency, enterprise development, greening the supply chain and technological innovation
Terry has held senior-level nonlobbying management positions in government, corporate and consulting organizations. He served as vice president at the American Chemistry Council from 1999-2005, providing leadership to upgrade the chemical industry's environmental, health, safety and security performance. He managed a global CEO Task Force in 2004-2005 to develop the Responsible Care Global Charter to improve chemical industry performance in 52 countries. He represented the industry as a delegate to the 2002 U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.
Terry is currently a member of the National Research Council Committee that published a major study "Science and Decisions: Advancing Risk Assessment" (December 2008). He is the author of more than 55 professional publications and co-editor of a book entitled, "Sustainable Environmental Management." He received his doctorate degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981 and has been designated by the university as one of its Most Notable Alumni.
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