Martin Khor

Martin Khor Kok Peng (November 9, 1951 – 1 April 2020)[2][1][3] was the Executive Director of the South Centre (an intergovernmental organisation of developing countries based in Geneva, Switzerland) from 1 March 2009 to 2018. He replaced Dr. Yash Tandon who was the Executive Director of the South Centre from 2005 to 2009. Khor was also a journalist, economist and the former Director of the Third World Network, which is based in Penang, Malaysia.

Martin Khor
Martin Khor (cropped).jpg
Khor in 2013
Member of the UN Secretary General
In office
1997 – April 1, 2020
Succeeded bypending
Executive Director of South Centre (organization)
In office
March 1, 2009 – July 1, 2018
Preceded byYash Tandon
Succeeded byCarlos María Correa
Personal details
Martin Khor Kok Peng[1]

November 9, 1951
Penang, Malaysia
DiedApril 1, 2020(2020-04-01) (aged 68)
Penang, Malaysia
Cause of deathComplications of cancer
Resting placeMount Erskine
EducationCambridge University
Universiti Sains of Malaysia
Martin Khor (2012)

Khor was born in Penang, Malaysia. He was active in the civil society movement. He attended the World Social Forum (WSF 2003, 2002), European social forum (2004)[4] and in 1999 and 2000, the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

He was also a member of the UN Secretary-General's Task Force on Environment and Human Settlements since 1997, and a member of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry's National Committee on Multilateral Trade Issues in Malaysia.[5] He was a Vice-Chair of the Working Group of Experts on the Right to Development under the UN Commission on Human Rights.[6]

He took part in the Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy.[7]

Khor sat on the board of directors of the International Forum on Globalization.[8]

Khor was a columnist for The Star from 1978 to 2019.[9][1]

He studied at Cambridge University and the Universiti Sains of Malaysia. He was an economist there. [10][11]

Illness and deathEdit

Khor had been fighting cancer since 2015, and he had returned to Penang to fight it. He passed away on April 1st, 2020. His wake was held at the funeral parlor at Mount Erskine on the following day and his funeral was held on April 2nd at the same location. He had a daughter and a wife at the time of his death and Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan paid tribute to him.[1][2][10][12]


  • about the WSF "That is a new global relationship between countries that promote the weak rather than the strong"

WSF 2003

  • about the patent system and intellectual property in general "One of the solutions is finding ways to promote innovation and to reward good work without necessarily using the intellectual property system, because it may not be the right system to provide rewards all the time."

Scenarios for the future

Selected worksEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Trisha, N (April 1, 2020). "Former Third World Network director Martin Khor dies of cancer (updated)". The Star. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Dermawan, Audrey (April 1, 2020). "Condolences pour in for late Martin Khor". New Strait Times. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "Martin Khor - Library of Congress". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2020-04-01.
  4. ^ Bach, Amandine. "The third European Social Forum, 14-17 October 2004, London". Archived from the original on February 28, 2005.
  5. ^ Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy Members Archived 2007-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "How can Financial Crises be Prevented? In Focus: Financial Market Regulations". Archived from the original on 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2007-06-27.
  7. ^ "Mobilising political will - Report from the Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-22.
  8. ^ "Staff & Board of Directors". Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  9. ^ Jin, Soo EwE (January 30, 2010). "Up close & personal with Martin Khor". Star Publications. Archived from the original on February 3, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  10. ^ a b Singh, Sarban (April 2, 2020). "Tok Mat pays tribute to civil society advocate Martin Khor". The Star. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  11. ^ "Martin Khor Memoriam" (PDF). South Centre. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  12. ^ "Welcome to Third World Network". Archived from the original on 2020-04-08. Retrieved 2020-04-07.

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