Karl P. Sauvant
Lecturer in Law and Research Scholar
Jerome L. Greene Hall, Room 645
435 West 116th Street
New York NY 10027
Karl P. Sauvant, Ph.D., is Resident Senior Fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable
International Investment (VCC), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the
Earth Institute at Columbia University; Adjunct Senior Research Scholar
and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School; Fellow, Academy of International
Business; Honorary Fellow, European International Business Academy; and Senior
Advisor, Investment Advisory Committee, China International Investment Council
(formerly the China Federation of Investment Promotion Agencies). He is also
Guest Professor at Nankai University, China.
Until February 2012, Dr. Sauvant was the
Founding Executive Director of the VCC. There, he sought to make the VCC a
leading forum for discussions by scholars, policymakers, development advocates,
students, and other stakeholders of issues related to foreign direct investment
(FDI) in the global economy and the regulatory framework governing it,
focusing in particular on the contribution of FDI to sustainable development.
Toward that objective, he launched the Yearbook
on International Investment Law and Policy
, the Columbia FDI Perspectives
, the Columbia
, the annual International Investment Conference, the
Investment Law and Policy Speaker Series, and the Emerging Markets Global
Players project. He teaches a seminar on FDI and public policy and has
published widely in the international investment area. Until October 2011, he
was also the co-director of the Millennium Cities Initiative at the Earth Institute,
responsible for helping African cities attract investment.
Until July 2005, Dr. Sauvant was
Director of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD’s)
Investment Division (DITE), the focal point in the U.N. system for matters related
to FDI, as well as a major interface with the private sector. His
responsibilities included managing the Division; promoting international
consensus-building in the areas of FDI, technology and enterprise development;
providing intellectual leadership for policy-oriented research; and
conceptualizing and supervising technical assistance activities in this field.
Dr. Sauvant had joined the United Nations in 1973 and, as of 1975, focused his
work on matters related to FDI. In 1988, he became responsible for the
Organization's policy analysis work on FDI. In 2001, he became Director of
DITE. While at the U.N., he created, in 1991, the prestigious annual World
Investment Report, of which he was the lead author until 2004. In 1992, Dr.
Sauvant founded the journal Transnational Corporations, serving as its
editor until 2005. He provided intellectual leadership and guidance to a series
of 25 monographs on key issues related to international investment agreements,
which were published in 2004/05 in three volumes, and he edited, together with
Dr. John H. Dunning, a 20-volume Library on Transnational Corporations
(published by Routledge). His name is associated with a great number of United
Nations publications on FDI over his three decades of service in the U.N.
Dr. Sauvant has published extensively on issues
related to economic development and various aspects of foreign direct
Dr. Sauvant received a Ph.D.
degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He is a national of
Germany, married to Silvana F. da Silva, a national of Brazil.