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Prof. Bernard Lietaer

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PROF. BERNARD LIETAER (Belgium), financier, scientist, writer and professor, “the architect of euro”, developer of alternative curriencies, consultant to a number of governments and Professor in the Erasmus Mundus program at the Sorbonne in Paris; Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources of the University of California at Berkeley. Member of the Board of the EU Chapter of  Club of Rome; Fellow at the World Academy of Arts and Sciences; of the World Business Academy; and of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts; Founding Member of the Global Futures Forum.

Prof. Bernard Lietaer has over 25 years experience in international management consulting and advisor to several Latin American governments and European Institutions, as well as major multinational corporations in oil, chemicals, banking, mining, and manufacturing in four continents. He was the Head of Organization and Electronic Data Processing Department of the National Bank of Belgium (the Belgian Central Bank); and he was the President of the national Electronic Payment System, the world’s most comprehensive and cost effective of such systems according to the BIS (Bank of International Settlements ). He was also a co-founder, Director, General Manager and Currency Trader for  GaiaCorp. One of the funds was during that time period the world’s top performing managed currency fund as well as the top performing off-shore fund. The profits went to Gaia Trust, one of the first foundations specializing in environmental issues.

Today in addition to teaching and writing, Prof. Lietaer is working with transformation of the monetary system. He is consulting organizations, municipalities and governments on development of alternative currency projects. He also speaks at conferences and events about the features of alternative currencies and how these could be employed in solving global issues and making the world more sustainable.

Bernard is an author and co-author of 15 books, some are translated to 18

languages: Rethinking Money (San Francisco; Berrett-Koehler, February 2013), Money and Sustainability: The Missing Link (UK: Triarchy Press, 2012); People Money: The Promise of Regional Currencies (UK: Triarchy Prss, 2012); Creating Wealth: Growing local economies with local currencies  (New Society Publishers, 2011), Future of Money: Creating New Wealth, Work and a Wiser World (London: Random House, January 2001).

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