Prof. Dr. Alexander Likhotal is the President of Green Cross International. He holds doctorates in Political Science from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (1975) and in History from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, USSR Academy of Sciences (1987).
In addition to an academic career as a Professor of Political Science and International Relations, he served as a European Security analyst for the Soviet Union leadership. In 1991, he was appointed Deputy Spokesman and Advisor to the President of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev. After Mr. Gorbachev’s resignation, Professor Likhotal served as his advisor and spokesman and worked at the Gorbachev Foundation as the International and Media Director. Having joined Green Cross International in 1996, he is actively involved in furthering sustainable development agenda.
During the wake of Gorbachev’s perestroika, being already a well-known expert in the field of European security, he received a proposal to become the chief analyst of NATO politics in the International Department of the Central Committee of the CSPU - one of the Soviet foreign policy co-ordination bodies.
He is a member of the International Council for the Earth Charter and Adviser to the Club of Madrid and has launched internationally acclaimed initiative body such as the Earth Dialogues Forum and has spearheaded Green Cross International’s global campaign for the Right to Water.
Mr Likhotal currently holds a lecture appointment at North Eastern University at Boston, where he teaches about the cultural and political implications of business management. His areas of expertise include: Developments in Russia & Eastern Europe, Russia and the New World Order, Russian Foreign Policy Today, NATO and European Security. He was born in Moscow in 1950, married, has one daughter.