Peter Meisen is president and co-founder of the Global Energy Network Institute, a nonprofit research and educational institute dedicated to exploring global solutions for peace and sustainable development. A 1976 graduate of the University of California at San Diego in applied mechanics and engineering sciences, he focuses on the strategy of linking electrical networks between countries and continents, with an emphasis on tapping renewable energy resources. GENI’s commitment to the generation and distribution of renewable power has received broad acclaim from sources as diverse as Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary General of the United Nations; Ruud Lubbers, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands; and Noel Brown, special advisor to the Group of 77 Developing Nations.
In 1983, Meisen co-founded Self Help and Resource Exchange, currently the largest private, self-help food distribution program in the United States. International rural development programs in Mexico and Guatemala are taking advantage of micro-credit lending, community organizing, and family health and nutrition strategies promoted by SHARE.
Meisen writes and speaks internationally. Among his articles are: “Asking the Right Question for Spaceship Earth” (Asia Engineer), “Linking Electricity for Peace: A Compelling Global Strategy” (Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society) and “No Cure for a Sick World” (Chemistry and Industry).