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Rajendra Pachauri is the the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Directo-General of the Indian Energy and Resource Institute (TERI).
Dr Pachauri has been with TERI since 1982, when he joined as Director and was then redesignated as Director-General in April 2001. Since 1998, he has also been Chancellor, TERI University.
Under Dr Pachauri's leadership, TERI today has emerged as one of the few action-oriented interdisciplinary institutions in the world and one that firmly believes that its research and findings must result in implementation to improve the human condition . It has developed into a hands-on, solution oriented change agent undertaking need-responsive research, opinion creation and capacity building.
His career commenced with the Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, where he held several managerial positions. Dr Pachauri then went on to join the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, USA, where he obtained an MS in industrial engineering in 1972, a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in economics. He also served as Assistant Professor in 1974-75 and was later a Visiting Faculty Member in the Department of Economics and Business. On his return to India in 1975, he joined the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, as Member Senior Faculty and went on to become Director, Consulting and Applied Research Division.
Prominently known for his research on environmental issues, Dr Pachauri has received both national and international acclaim for his efforts in building awareness and understanding about man-made climate change including laying the foundation for measures required to adapt to and mitigate these changes and their policy dimensions.
In April 2002, Dr Pachauri was elected the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as position to which he was re-elected in September 2008. IPCC along with former Vice President Al Gore was awarded the “Nobel Peace Prize” for the year 2007.
He has been conferred with the “Padma Vibhushan”, second highest civilian award, for his services in the field of science and engineering in January 2008 by the President of India and received the 'Officier De La LégionD'Honneur' from the Government of France in 2006. He has also been conferred with ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star' by His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan, the ‘Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland' by the Prime Minister of Finland and the ‘Commander of the Order of Leopold II' by the King of the Belgians.
Dr Pachauri's wide-ranging expertise has resulted in his membership of various international and national committees and boards. At the international level, his current positions include Member, Advisory Board for the Clinton Climate Initiative, USA, January 2010 onwards; Member of a High Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures, UNESCO, France, December 2009 onwards; President, Asian Energy Institute 1992 onwards. In addition, he is also on the board of the Global Humanitarian Forum recently founded by the former UN Secy Gen Kofi Annan. On the national level, Dr Pachauri has been on the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Climate Change, June 2007 onwards.
He also has associations with academic and research institutes and has also authored 23 books and several papers and articles. Since 1999, he has been an appointed Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Environment Agency, Government of Japan. In July 2009 he was also appointed Director, Yale Climate and Energy Institute, USA.