Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1982-1994)
Date and Place of Birth:
7 May 1939, The Netherlands
Mr. Lubbers went to Cansius School in Nimega and studied Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The title of his thesis “The influence of differing productivity trends in various countries on the current account of the balance of payments” shows that he was interested in monetary affairs. Mr. Lubbers planned an academic career but because of familiar circumstances, he had to join his brother in the management of Hollandia B.V. the family-owned company.
Professional Experience and Political Career:
After being manager of Hollandia, Mr Lubbers continued to assume many posts in the same sector; he became President of the Catholic Businessmen in the metal industry’s Organization.
Then, he was member of the Catholic People´s Party (KVP) and became Senior Deputy Parliamentary Leader of the Christen Democratic Alliance (CDA).
He was Minister of Economics Affairs of the Netherlands from 1973 until 1977. He was Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1982 to 1994 and is, since 1992, an active member of the international Earth Charter Commission, and reaches out with the message of the Earth Charter for a sustainable and peaceful world.
Since 1992, he taught Globalization at the University of Tilburg, sharing his time with many other jobs, including, the post of International President of WWF.
On January 2001, and until 2005, he became United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Today, he devotes a lot of time on chairing the Energy Research Centre in the Netherlands, which is about energy saving, renewable energy, clean fossils (climate change) and Atoms for Peace (nuclear technology) and the Rotterdam Climate Initiative.