Addressing the plenary session of the World Conference on Higher Education, Paris, October 1998. From 2002-14 Adjunct Professor with Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs, Dr Lawrence was formerly Principal Technical Adviser, and Deputy Director, Social Development Division of the United Nations Development Programme in New York. He helped design, and was the first Director, Global Hub, of the worldwide subRegional Resource Facilities (SURFs) system, which was a first step in integrated knowledge management in UNDP. Part of this process was introduction of e-dialog into global conferences.  He is now actively involved with the work of United Nations agencies and other multilateral agencies in social development, and specializes in human development, program management, and relationships between education and livelihood. He consults regularly with governments, and private and public organizations in the US and overseas. A former senior research psychologist with the Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina, he has authored more than 100 publications in books and technical journals, and has programmatic and policy experience in over eighty countries in all world regions. He has a strong interest in electronic networking for social development, and has contributed to using these new information technologies for opening up the functioning of the UN system to wider participatory involvement (see Virtual Teams: Reaching Across Space, Time and Organizations with Technology by Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps. John Wiley, New York 1997; and Gurstein, Michael. Community Informatics. Idea Publishing. Hershey, Pennsylvania, 2000).

In addition to several virtual networking contributions to the UN system summarized in the online Journal TECHKNOWLOGIA July/August 2001 , he has instructed for the UNDP Virtual Development Academy, and served as HRD consultant to the UN System Staff College. His original work on Integrated Human Resources Development Strategies for the UN system is outlined in the Expert Group Report ST/TCD/SER.E/25 1994, p 24-25

As with many of us, he has both an Indoor Resume - available on request - and a (different, less formal!) Outdoor Resume.

As former Outward Bounder, familyman, accomplished fiddler, mountain climber, explorer, skier, sailboarder, kayaker and mountainbiker, he uses spare time actively. He lectures widely, and taught management in international affairs for several years at Columbia University, New York. Married to Dr Sonia Balet, former Dean of the Business School, and Academic Dean, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, he has two children, Lisa and John, and grandson Robert. He is also proud godfather to Rachel, and Charlotte. For contact, or more details,  please email him at