13 December 2023 – The Club of Rome, a platform of diverse thought leaders who identify holistic approaches to complex global issues, has appointed Carlos Alvarez Pereira as its new Secretary General as of 1 January 2024.
Previously vice-president of The Club of Rome, Alvarez Pereira is a senior professional combining more than 30 years of experience in research and innovation, entrepreneurship, and business management, with a passion for complexity thinking and transdisciplinarity.
In his new role, Alvarez Pereira will be responsible for the implementation of The Club of Rome’s strategy and ensuring that the day-to-day operations of the organisation are run effectively.
“Having been a member of The Club of Rome since 2016, and on the Executive Committee for the last six years, I have a head start on grasping our current operation and activities within the new vision for The Club of Rome that we inaugurated in 2018. Over recent years we have seen the activities and visibility of The Club of Rome increase tremendously, and I look forward to bringing it to the next level of relevance in the 21st century.” Comments Alvarez Pereira.
The Secretary General will provide the executive and operational support needed to enable the presidents to be outward focused expanding the degree of engagement of the organisation. The Secretary General will work on deepening the thematic agenda with a core on systems change, establishing and developing strategic partnerships and taking care of operational management.
“I am looking forward to collaborating with Carlos in his new role as Secretary General. The Club of Rome has diversified and expanded its reach over the last 5 years and we recognise that we need more operational and organisational support to ensure we continue to flourish and fulfil our mission and vision. We see this role as essential in further strengthening The Club of Rome’s impact through its hubs, its national chapters and members.”Comments Sandrine Dixson-Declève, co-president of The Club of Rome.
“Carlos is a strategic thinker with a wealth of knowledge and experience – specifically related to The Club of Rome, its work and the external environment within which it operates. He will be a great asset to the team. By overseeing the day-to-day operations, it will enable the team and members of the Executive Committee to fulfil their respective roles more effectively.” Commented Paul Shrivastava, co-president of The Club of Rome.
Alvarez Pereira previously founded and until 2020 chaired the Innaxis Foundation and Research Institute, which specialised in the modelling of complex systems and deep learning applications. He has held a number of senior roles at several consulting companies, some of which he founded, in Spain, Switzerland, France and Germany in the domains of digital technologies, systems integration and strategic advice. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the International Bateson Institute, the UNESCO Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability and of the Scientific Council of the Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Insitute on Transitions (MAK´IT), and he is a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS). With an MSc in Aerospace Engineering, Alvarez Pereira has been a lecturer and researcher in Applied Mathematics at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and gives keynote lectures on systems thinking at EPFL (Switzerland).