Jim MacNeill "enjoys nearly four decades of experience as a policy advisor to leaders of governments, industry and international organizations in the fields of energy, natural resources, management, environment and sustainable development. Until recently Chairman of the World Bank’s Independent Inspection Panel in Washington, D.C., he is a member of several boards including the Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole, Mass., the Wuppertal Institute on Climate and Energy Policy, Germany, and as Chairman Emeritus, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Canada. He also serves on the Jury of the Volvo Environment Prize, Sweden.
"From 1983-87, Mr. MacNeill was Secretary General of the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) and lead author of the Commission's world-acclaimed report, "Our Common Future." He served for seven years as Director of Environment for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and was the Canadian Ambassador and Commissioner General responsible for the UN Conference on Human Settlements in Vancouver in 1976. He was a founding member of the Japanese Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and the China Council. Earlier, he was a Deputy Minister (Permanent Secretary) in the Government of Canada.
"Mr. MacNeill holds a graduate diploma in economics and political science from the University of Stockholm and bachelor degrees in science (math and physics) and mechanical engineering from Saskatchewan University. He is the author of many books and articles and the recipient of a number of honorary degrees and awards, national and international, including the Order of Canada, his country's highest honor." 
- Member, Caspian Development Advisory Panel
- Advisory Board, Earth Charter International 
- Founding Member, Earth Council Alliance 
- "Jim MacNeill", (Biographical note), Undated, Accessed June 2007.