“Konrad, as I now understand, sought us out as companions in what he considered a shared struggle…”

David W. Reed, Director WWF Macroeconomics Programme Office

Of course, I could not understand at that time that I was to become one of the many beneficiaries of Konrad’s commitment to supporting often untested, but dedicated professionals who were willing to take risks in exploring new paths to protect the environment. He consistently offered guidance and, could I say, protection to other colleagues and me as we explored new intellectual perspectives on a multitude of environmental issues. Konrad, as I now understand, sought us out as companions in what he considered a shared struggle and he remained committed to us for as long as we, in turn, remained faithful to the common cause.

Over the subsequent 17 years, I came to benefit many times from Konrad’s audacity in raising some of the most complex issues linking the environment to economic and social policy. In the course of those years, we worked together on debt-for-nature swaps, investment policy, trade regimes, environmental governance and macroeconomic policy, to mention but a few themes. In so many ways, Konrad helped shape the terms of debate and guide WWF’s Macroeconomics Program Office (MPO) as we engaged the World Bank and the broader international development community.

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