Richard Benedick is a major figure in global environmental affairs and career diplomat who has served in Iran, Pakistan, France, Germany and Greece. He is senior advisor at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and president of the National Council for Science and the Environment, an organization of more than 500 universities, scientific societies, industry and civic groups dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision-making.
He was chief negotiator and a principal architect of the historic Montreal Protocol to protect the stratospheric ozone layer, and has served as special advisor to secretaries-general of United Nations conferences on environment, development and population issues. His book “Ozone Diplomacy: New Directions in Safeguarding the Planet,” was selected for an anthology of 20th century environmental classics. In 2002, he was elected to the American Academy of Diplomacy, an association of 100 former cabinet secretaries, ambassadors and statesmen who have made notable contributions to American foreign policy.