Nigel Roome holds the chair in Sustainable Enterprise and Transformation and is head of the Erasmus Center for Sustainable Development and Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam. He previously held chairs in The Netherlands and Canada, and academic positions in Britain. He is widely published on topics that relate business to the issues of environmental management, sustainable development and global change, including books on management education for sustainability and corporate environmental management (1994); sustainability strategies for industry (1998); and the ecology of information and communications technologies (2002).
Professor Roome\'s career has involved innovations in education and research. He developed the environmental management curriculum in the 1970s and the business and environment curriculum in the 1990s. He has been involved in the foundation of institutes for Corporate Responsibility, Business and Environment, and, Globalization and Sustainable Development.
He has worked with companies, trade associations, professional institutions and the voluntary sector in Europe and North America. Clients include companies in the forest products, chemicals, mining, power utilities and manufacturing sectors. His work with professional bodies includes the American Academy of Management and the American Association for Engineering Education. He has advised with the World Bank, the European Community and governments in Canada, UK and Mexico.
He has a distinguished record of public and community service. Past positions include: Chairman of the UK Environmental Information Committee, member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Committee, Chairman of the Yorkshire Rural Community Council, member of the judging panel for the Canadian Business Environmental Awards, Environment Councillor, advisor to the president of Ontario Hydro and the Office of the Canadian Commissioner for Environment and Sustainable Development, expert to the European Commission\'s \"Futures\" project, and Chairman of the European Commission\'s expert group on competitive and sustainable production systems.