Emil Salim "is on the faculty of economics at the University of Indonesia. Previously, he was the State Minister for Population and Environment (1978-1993). He currently serves as a member of many international and national committees including the United Nations High Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development. He serves as Chairman of National Economic Board, an economic expert team to President Abdurachman Wahid. He was the economic expert team to President Suharto on debt and development issues of the nonaligned countries and the Indonesian Peoples' Assembly. He was Co-chairman of the World Commission on Forestry and Sustainable Development.
"Dr. Salim also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for a number of leading Indonesian environmental organizations including the Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation, the Foundation for Sustainable Development and the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute. He received his master's degree and his doctorate in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in the United States." 
- Science and Policy Advisory Council, Global Footprint Network
- Former Commissioner, World Commission on Environment and Development 
- Founding Member, Earth Council Alliance