Charles Hopkins holds the UNESCO Chair at York University in Toronto, Canada. He has collaborated with UNESCO, United Nations University, higher education institutions, various ministries of education in Asia, Europe and the Americas in the fields of education and sustainability.
Internationally, Charles has a long relationship with education and sustainability, chairing the writing and adoption processes of several UNESCO ESD Declarations. An awarded education leader with several honorary doctorates and professorships, Hopkins has lectured and presented papers in approximately 75 countries. He is Co-Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute on ESD in Beijing, China.
He has numerous publications and has lectured worldwide on a range of topics from quality education, global citizenship education and educating for a sustainable future. Charles has been awarded three honorary doctorates and seven honorary professorships spanning Europe, Latin America, and Asia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom, the Salzburg Global Citizenship Alliance in Austria and the Sejahtera Center for Humanity and Sustainability in Malaysia.
Prior to his international career, Hopkins was a teacher, principal, regional superintendent and superintendent of curriculum with the Toronto District School Board.