My Partner and Friend, Eberhard von Koerber
by Ashok Khosla, Co-President of the Club of Rome with Eberhard von Koerber from 2007-2012
Eberhard’s friendship was among the most treasured and cherished gifts I have ever received. Over the twenty years we were colleagues, then collaborators and then inseparable partners, it was not long before we became as close as life-long brothers.
We shared much more than our very different life experiences would have predicted. The distances between the cultures we inherited, the divergences in the professional career paths we chose and the dissimilarities in the personal networks we had built around the world were not inconsiderable. He came from a German upbringing, a hugely successful business career and with a vast set of relationships with leaders in governments, international businesses and philanthropic institutions. I was an Indian, with a grounding in science and environmental activism and mostly involved in the work of NGOs and non-profit civil society institutions. In other words, we were virtually opposites in every respect.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the sudden and unexpected passing of one of our longest serving and most dedicated members, former Club of Rome co-President (2007 – 2012)
Dr. jur. Eberhard von Koerber
11th June 1938 – 3rd August 2017
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