Martin Khor

Executive Director, South Centre

Martin Khor joined South Centre as executive director on March 1, 2009. Prior to this, he was the director of the Third World Network, a leading developing-country civil society organization involved in research and publications in trade, environment, and development issues. He was also the editor of the South-North Development Monitor (SUNS). He is a member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy.

Previously, he served as a member of the of the board of the South Centre in 1996–2002, the Helsinki Group on Globalisation and Democracy, the International Task Force on Climate Change (2003–2005), the Expert Group on Democracy and Development, Commonwealth Secretariat (2002–2003), the United Nations Secretary-General's Task Force on Environment and Human Settlements in the UN System (1998), and the Working Group of Experts on the Right to Development, the UN Commission on Human Rights (vice-chairman 1996, member 1997).

He was educated in economics in Cambridge University (U.K.) and the Universiti Sains Malaysia, and has authored many books and papers on trade, sustainable development, intellectual property rights, and development. Formerly he had also worked as research director of the Consumers' Association of Penang and as a lecturer in the Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Featured Work

CREDIT: <a href="">Presidency Maldives</a> (<a href="">CC</a>).

JUN 7, 2013 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Briefings: Solar Trade Wars Threaten the Climate Fight

Can countries along the solar supply chain coordinate their domestic subsidies before a trade war erupts that would be bad for business and the environment?

CREDIT: <a href="">Circuito Fora do Eixo</a> (<a href="">CC</a>).

JUN 15, 2012 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Briefings: Rio+20: The Key Issues

Was the real action at the Rio+20 summit outside the negotiating hall, where civil society could share ideas horizontally?

CREDIT: <a href="">Talk Radio News Service</a> (<a href="">CC</a>).

OCT 7, 2009 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Commentary: The Rise of Climate Protectionism

A new and dangerous form of trade and technology protectionism is fast emerging in the name of climate change, and it is poisoning North-South relations ...