Lawrence Bloom
Board Member (posthumous)

Lawrence Bloom

Posthumous (1943 – 2021)

Lawrence Bloom was Secretary General of the Be Earth Foundation, a UN Inter Governmental Organisation which advises, assists and enables in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals on behalf those Countries with which it has Treaties

He was the Chairman of the Global Strategic Advisory Boards of Dakia Global Enterprise LLC, a Holding Company creating a significant hotel subsidiary and other major initiatives and Rothbadi & Co an Institutional Advisor on leveraging Blockchain.

Lawrence was Chair of Be Energy a green energy company specializing in the conversion of waste and plantation timber to sustainable energy projects.

He was recently voted by SALT magazine as among the top 25 most Conscious Global Leaders, and in 2016 received an award at the UN from the Humanitarian Innovation Forum for Conscious Leadership.

Lawrence was appointed the first Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Urban Management and he is a current alumna of all Agenda Councils. He is former Chairman of the UN Environmental Programme, Green Economy Initiative, Green Cities, Buildings and Transport Council. Lawrence also served as an active a member of the Corporate Responsibility Advisory Group of the ICEAW.

His passion was to support what is breaking through that which is breaking down, in the current system. He considered this action will enable the emergence of a societal model and a society, whose understanding around the interconnectedness of all things will harmonize conscious economics, social well-being and environmental responsibility into a healthy, thriving and abundant culture.

Lawrence is a Fellow and Prizeman of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)*.
He began his career in property with Johnston Evans, surveyors, in 1959. In 1964 Lawrence joined DeGroot Collis, a major firm of surveyors and valuers, and in 1967 became a salaried partner, running their Holborn Office.

In 1970 he set up his own consultancy, Lawrence Bloom King & Co (subsequently Bloom King Main) in the City of London. It was the first of a ‘new breed’ of practice challenging the existing exclusive structure. Through a new and dynamic approach, the firm soon became the leading small agency in the City. During this time Lawrence acted for the IPC Group, Touche Ross, Legal & General, and many other major financial institutions and developers. He was a frequent keynote speaker at property seminars presented by The Financial Times and Investors Chronicle. He also sat on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Estates Times.

In the early 1980s he arranged the sale of Trust Securities, the owners of Stockley Park, a commercial park near Heathrow Airport, to the financial consortium that developed it into one of the most successful parks of its kind.

By the mid 1980s Lawrence was a director of Land Investors, where he was responsible for building the new headquarters of the National Bank of Kuwait in the West End of London, and the Bayerische Landesbank adjoining the Broadgate Development in the City of London. He then moved on to become Managing Director (and subsequently Deputy Chairman) of Land & Property Trust, where he managed a £150m property portfolio.

In 1990 Lawrence was headhunted by the new Japanese owners of the Inter-Continental Hotel Group, who appointed him to take charge of its worldwide property portfolio, then valued at US$2.9bn. He sat on the five-strong Executive Committee with the Chief Executive, Legal, Operational and Financial Directors. He prepared a paper for separating the asset base from the operational arm of the organisation, and was responsible for planning major developments.

In collaboration with the CEO John van Praag, Lawrence helped prepare an environmental manual with the group’s technical services division, subsequently endorsed by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales and adopted by all the major 5-star hotel groups worldwide. This initiative is now operational in more than 4.5 million hotel bedrooms globally and is currently being extended to new-build hotels.


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Lawrence Bloom, is the Chair of the United Nations Environment Programme and the former chairman, current Council Member, of the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Urban Development, Davos.

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