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Michael Ben-Eli

Founder, Sustainability Laboratory

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Dr. Michael Ben-Eli is founder of the Sustainability Laboratory, established in order to address urgent sustainability challenges facing the planet by creating and demonstrating effective tools for catalyzing positive change. Exemplifying The Lab’s signature approach is its flagship project, Project Wadi Attir, with the Bedouin community in the Negev.

As an international management consultant, Michael pioneered applications of Systems Thinking and Cybernetics in management and organization. Over the years he worked on synthesizing strategy issues in many parts of the world and in diverse institutional settings, ranging from small high technology firms, to multinational enterprises and international multilateral organizations.

In recent years, he has focused primarily on issues related to sustainability and sustainable development, is author of the widely acclaimed five core sustainability principles, and has been working to help inspire leaders in business, government, community, and youth accelerate a peaceful transition to a sustainable future. In 2016, he was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame, and recognized with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Ben-Eli graduated from the Architectural Association in London and later received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Cybernetics at Brunel University. He was a close associate of R. Buckminster Fuller, with whom he collaborated on projects involving research on advanced structural systems and exploration of issues related to the management of technology and world resources for the advantage of all.

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