Ivan L. Head
President of The International Development Research Centre, a leading Canadian organisation in environment and development research, which aids developing countries in land reclamation and management of river basins and arid areas.
AED Board Member Ivan Head died November 2, 2004, at age 74.
Dr. Head was founding director and a senior fellow of the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues at the Universityof British Columbia, where he was a professor of law and political science from 1991 to 1999. Before that he was president of
Dr.Head joined the AED Board in 1997. In an address titled “On the Hinge of History,” delivered in commemoration of AED’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2001, he noted “the greatest threats to the well-being of humans worldwide are the widespread and deepening political, social, and economic disparities between persons living in countries in the South as compared to those living in the North.” He dedicated much of his life to narrowing that gap.
Under his leadership, the IDRC funded research that helped African countries find ways to restructure their economies to lessen the impact of huge debt loads.
“Dr.Head’s interest in and enthusiasm for the work of AED was always evident,” said AED president Stephen F.Moseley. “We will miss this special advocate for the poorest people in developing countries.”