Harris Gleckman
Adjunct Professor

B.A., Brandeis University
M.A., Brandeis University
Ph.D., Brandeis University


Trained as a sociologist, Harris Gleckman’s professional experience crosses the disciplines of international policy, environment, economics, international law, and trade As Chief of the Environment Unit at the UN Centre on Transnational Corporations, Dr. Gleckman worked on multinational corporations and the environment and the 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development. At UNCTAD, he worked in the Geneva office of the UN Secretary-General and as an economic advisor to the G77 in New York during the run up to the 2005 Heads of State Summit. His responsibilities in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs crossed between building linkages between the UN and the WTO, examining the policy gap between the UN economic development institutions and the Security Council, coordinating three days of high level informal dialogues at the 2002 Financing for Development Conference, and directing outreach program to economic and trade ministries.

After the United Nations, Gleckman has worked with the Institute for Environmental Security (The Hague, 2005-2008) on legal-economic means to constrain the illicit flow of natural resources from conflict zones, with the United Nations University (Tokyo) on post-conflict economic and environmental development models, with the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (Montreal, 1995-97); and with the UNFCCC (Bonn and Copenhagen, 2009) on the relationship between macro-economic developments and climate change. He is Director of Benchmark Environmental Consulting, based in Chappaqua, NY and Portland, ME.

Dr Gleckman is also senior fellow at the University of Massachusetts (Boston)’s Center for Governance and Sustainability. At UMass, he is examining the World Economic Forum’s proposals for a new global governance system and creating an international platform for dialogue about governance options