Graeme Maxton

17.09.2021 | 11:00 – 11:30 CET
Energy, climate change and the endless push for economic growth: Why we need a different mindset, not new technology
Graeme Maxton, Climate change economist, author and former secretary general of the Club of Rome (online)


Graeme Maxton is an internationally renowned climate-change economist, best-selling author and speaker on the challenges facing humanity – climate change, poverty, unemployment and inequality. His areas of expertise include international economic development, as well as geopolitics, climate change, sustainable business, energy, the automotive industry, the impact of aging on growth and the factors that inspire positive long-term human development.

A trenchant critic of modern economic thinking, Graeme Maxton is the author of seven internationally acclaimed books on climate change, energy, economics and the automotive industry, published in more than 20 different language editions. He is an Advisory Board Member on the UN’s Energy Pathways Project, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board at Population Matters.

His two most recent book on climate change, A Chicken can’t lay a Duck Egg: How Covid-19 can solve the climate crisis (written with Dr Bernice Maxton-Lee) and Globaler Klimanotstand (Global Climate Emergency), were both published in 2020 and explain how societies can overcome hurdles which stop them responding effectively to climate change and use the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic to make radical social and economic changes and slow the pace of climate change. Graeme’s previous book Change! Warum wir eine radikale Wende brauchen (why we need a radical turnaround), published in 2018 was a No. 1 Amazon best-seller in Germany. He is also the co-author of Reinventing Prosperity: Managing economic growth to reduce unemployment, inequality and climate change (2016). The book was written with Jorgen Randers, one of the authors of 1972 book The Limits to Growth.

He is a former Full Member of the Club of Rome, where he was Secretary General between 2014 and 2018. Previously he was Regional Director with the Economist Group in Asia, a strategy consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, in banking with Citibank and American Express, and a visiting professor at Cass Business School in London from 1988 until 2004, where he taught courses on European business, economics, retail banking and corporate strategy. He has also written regularly for The Economist, The Guardian, The South China Morning Post, the Irish Times and the BBC as well as a wide range of other international and academic publications.