John E. S. Lawrence is Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University, New York.
As a noted mountain climber and guide, he led in 1966-7 a New Zealand Antarctic Research Programme expedition to Victoria Land, Antarctica, mapping a previously unexplored region of the Transantarctic Range, and the Lawrence Peaks were named after him by the New Zealand Government In addition to climbing in mountain ranges on all seven continents , he was part of the team which built the North Carolina Outward Bound School and was involved in pioneering early rock climbing in the Linville Gorge and western North Carolina
He is known for his work in international development and has consulted regularly for governments, the United Nations , and Bretton Woods organizations, as well as for bilateral development agencies. He has experience in more than seventy countries in all world regions.
From 1988 to 1998 Professor Lawrence was principal technical adviser in Human Resources Development (HRD) and then deputy director of the Social Development Division in the Policy Bureau of the United Nations Development Program Between 1988 and 2001, he was responsible for re-orienting UN approaches to sustainable livelihood , and for authoring four of the UN Secretary-General's Reports to the General Assembly on Human Resources Development His research and teaching interests include public policy for sustainable human development, and use of information technologies as instruments for social and economic progress. He has published more than one hundred articles, book chapters and technical reports in his field