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.

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