Rajendra K. Pachauri

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  • Has degrees in industrial engineering and economics, not in any field related to climatology or climate science
  • Held positions at the University of West Virginia’s College of Mineral and Energy Resources, an institution heavily connected to the coal mining industry
  • Acted as director for the Indian Oil Company
  • Strategic Adviser to Pegasus Capital
  • Former Adviser, Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Associate Fellow, Asia Society

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri was born in Nainital, India, on August 20, 1940. He was educated at La Martiniere College in Lucknow and at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar.1 In 1970, Pachauri began working with the Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, where he held several managerial positions.  He later attended the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA, where he obtained an MS in Industrial Engineering in 1972, a PhD in Industrial Engineering and a PhD in Economics, and also served as Assistant Professor from August 1974 to May 1975 and Visiting Faculty Member in the Summer of 1976 and 1977 in the Department of Economics and Business.2

He has also been a Visiting Professor, Resource Economics at the College of Mineral and Energy Resources, West Virginia University from August 1981 to August 1982; Senior Visiting Fellow, Resource Systems Institute, East — West Center from May to June 1982; and Visiting Research Fellow, The World Bank, Washington, DC from June to September 1990.  In 1994, the United Nations Development Programme appointed him as a part time Adviser in the fields of Energy and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, a position he held until 1999.3

On his return to India, he joined the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, as Member Senior Faculty between June 1975 and June 1979, and went on to become Director, Consulting and Applied Research Division from July 1979 to March 1981. He joined TERI (Tata Energy Research Institute) as Director in April 1981.  Since April 2001, he as acted as Director-General of TERI, a non-profit organization that “provides professional support in the areas of energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources to government departments, institutions, and corporate organizations worldwide”.4

Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. vice president Al Gore, addresses the European Parliament in Brussels December 3, 2009. Pachauri took part, together with Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, in a hearing on global warning and food policy launching a campaign  called " Less Meat = Less Heat".    REUTERS/Yves Herman

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. vice president Al Gore, addresses the European Parliament in Brussels December 3, 2009. Pachauri took part, together with Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, in a hearing on global warning and food policy launching a campaign called " Less Meat = Less Heat". REUTERS/Yves Herman

On April 20, 2009, Pachauri was elected as Chairman of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), established by World Meteorological Organization and United Nations Environment Programme in 1988. He has been active in several international forums dealing with the subject of climate change and its policy dimensions.5

A 2007 article from Reuters describes Pachauri as “forging a global consensus” regarding “climate change”:

Since his appointment, Pachauri, who is known for his diplomatic skills, has managed to forge a global consensus on one of the most debated issues in the world — climate change.

The IPCC made the strongest-ever link this year between mankind’s activities and global warming — gaining widespread publicity around the world.

“It was not an easy job reaching a consensus on research by 2,500 scientists from more than 130 countries,” said Nitin Desai, former U.N. Under-Secretary-General for economic and social affairs and an expert on climate change.

“His skills as a diplomat and a consensus builder are what sealed the deal,” he said about the report which stated it was more than 90 percent likely that mankind’s activities were the main cause of warming in the past 50 years.6

In 2007, the IPCC and Al Gore were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”7

In his acceptance speech, Pachauri mentioned his Hindu beliefs and how they apply to climate change:

Coming as I do from India, a land which gave birth to civilization in ancient times, where much of the earlier tradition and wisdom guides actions even in modern times, the philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” which means “the whole universe is one family,” must dominate global efforts to protect the global commons.8

Personal Life

He is a strict vegetarian, partly due to his beliefs as a Hindu, and partly because of the impact of meat-production on the environment. 9 He is also an avid cricket player.10

Affiliations and Awards1112

  • Founding Member & Chairman (1980–83), Coordinating Committee, Cooperative International Network for Training and Research in Energy Planning (CINTREP) (Secretariat: UNESCO, Paris) – 1980–87
  • Member, Task Force on Energy Planning and Modelling, United Nations University, Tokyo, 1982.
  • Member, Board of Governors, Trireme Scientific & Industrial Research Foundation, September 1987
  • Member, Executive Committee of the India International Center, 1985 onwards
  • Member, Governing Council of the India Habitat Center, New Delhi, October 1987 onwards
  • Member, Court of Governors, Administrative Staff College of India, 1979-81
  • President (1988), Chairman (1989 — 90), International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), Washington, D.C.
  • President, International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), Washington, DC, 1988.
  • President (1988) and Chairman, International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), Washington, DC,1989–90.
  • Member, World Energy Council London, Advisory Board of Commission on “Energy for Tomorrow’s World – the realities, real options and the Agenda for Achievement”, 1990–1993.
  • Member, Board of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), 1991–1996.
  • Member, World Resources Institute (WRI) Council, 1992
  • President, Asian Energy Institute, 1992
  • Member, World Resources Institute (WRI) Council, 1992–1997.
  • Chairman, Work Group A – World Energy Council (WEC) Committee on Developing Countries, 1993–1995.
  • Chairman, Work Group A — World Energy Council (WEC) Committee on Developing Countries, 1993 — 1995
  • Member, Climate Institute Advisory Board, Washington, DC, September 1994–1997
  • Member, Board of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), 1991 — 1997
  • Member, FEOP (Far East Oil Price) Advisory Board, Oil Trade Associates, Singapore, April 1997 onwards
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Environment Agency, Government of Japan, April 1997–March 1999
  • External Advisor, Unilever Environmental Group, Unilever, London, 1998-2002
  • Director, Board of Directors of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited, 1999-2002
  • Member, India–China Eminent Persons’ Group, Government of India and the People’s Republic of China, February 2001 onwards.
  • Member, Biotechnology Advisory Panel, DuPont, USA, 2000-2002.
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Environment Agency, Government of Japan, 1999-2002
  • Chairman, The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Heritage Foundation, Darjeeling, 1999
  • Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, 2001
  • School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, USA, as McCluskey Fellow during 6 September — 8 December 2000
  • Padma Bhushan, 2001
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Thermal Power Corporation, 2001
  • Member, Board of Directors, GAIL India Ltd, 2002
  • Associate Fellow, Asia Society, USA, November 2006 onwards
  • Member, Veolia Environment Sustainable Development Visiting Committee, France, April 2006 onwards 
  • Adviser, International Advisory Board, Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan, April 1st, 2006 to March 31st, 2009.
  • Member, Board of Overseers, International Research Institute of Climate and Society, New York, January 2006 onwards.
  • Member, Global Board of Advisors, Siderian Ventures, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 2007 onwards
  • Member, International Advisory Board, World Energy Congress 2013, Daegu, Korea, June 2007 onwards
  • Member, Advisory Senate for the Ice Organization, May 2007 onwards (for three years)
  • Member, Policy Advisory Panel on SNCF, Paris, April 2007 onwards
  • Member, LEAD International Advisory Council, UK, April 2007 onwards
  • Coordinator, An International Commission on Education for Development Policy and Practice, USA, 1st March 2007 to 1st March 2008
  • Member, Gulf Research Centre (GRC) Foundation Council, Dubai, March 2007 onwards
  • Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC, shared with Al Gore, 2007
  • Padma Vibhushan, 2008
  • Member, External Advisory Board, The University of British Columbia, Canada, December 2008 onwards
  • Member, Veolia Institute’s Foresight Committee, The Institut Veolia Environnement, France, November 2008 onwards
  • Member, International Advisory Board for the Climate Protection Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), November 2008 onwards
  • Member, Expert Committee, UGC-Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Awards, University Grant Commission, New Delhi, November 2008
  • Member, Leadership Group on Water Security, Asia Society, USA, November 2008 onwards
  • Member, Saltire Prize Challenge Committee, Edinburgh, October 2008 onwards
  • Member, Summit’s Senior Advisory Group, The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), USA, August 2008 onwards
  • Member, The National Economic and Social Council (NESC), Kenya, July 2008 onwards
  • Member, Governing Board, UNESCO International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 2008 onwards
  • Member of the Board, Glitnir Globe – The Sustainable Future Fund, Iceland, June 2008 onwards
  • Chairman, Indochina Sustainable Infrastructure Fund, LP, Vietnam, June 2008 onwards
  • Member, Advisory Board of the Global Economic Symposium, Germany, June 2008 onwards
  • Member, VIP Recommendation Board for the Green Energy and Green Livelihoods Achievement Award, Sierra Club, USA, June 2008 onwards
  • Member of the Board, International Risk Governance Council, Geneva, Switzerland, May 2008 onwards
  • Member, World Economic Forum’s Network of the Global Agenda Council, Geneva, Switzerland, April 2008 onwards
  • Member, Advisory Group, The Rockefeller Foundation, USA, April 2008 onwards
  • Honorary Member, Science Centre, Japan, April 2008 onwards
  • Member, Board of the Credit Suisse Research Institute, Zurich, April 2008 onwards
  • Member, Singapore’s first International Advisory Panel (IAP) on Energy, Government of Singapore, April 1st, 2008 to March 31st, 2010.
  • Member, National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) National Advisory Council, Colorado, USA, February 2008 onwards
  • Member, Advisory Board, Green Commandos, India, August 2009 onwards
  • Member, The New York Academy of Sciences International Board, New York, August 2009 onwards
  • Member, Patronage Committee, the ZERO Race, July 2009 onwards
  • Member, East-West Centre (EWC) 50th Anniversary – Honorary Committee, USA, 25th June 2009
  • Member, International Advisory Committee for the New Gyeongbuk Committee, Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, Republic of Korea, June 2009 onwards
  • Member, International Steering Committee, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) and the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, Australia
  • Member, Global Advisory Committee for Earth Day 2010, Earth Day Network, USA, April 2009 onwards
  • Strategic Advisor for the ‘Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P., New York, February 2009 onwards
  • Chairman, Asian Development Bank’s Advisory Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, April 2009 onwards
  • Member, Honorary Committee, The H. John Heinz III Centre for Science, Economics and Environment, USA, April 2009 onwards
  • Special Advisor to the Energy for All Partnership, Asian Development Bank (ADB), March 2009 onwards
  • Member, MDP-International Advisory Board (IAB), The Earth Institute at Columbia University, USA, January 2009 onwards
  • Member, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Order of the Rising Sun – Gold and Silver Star, 2009

Affiliation with Professional Journals

  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, India in Global Affairs (IGA), Delhi, Sakaal Group of Publications, Pune
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Chinadialogue(London)
  • Member, Advisory Panel, Human Development Report 2007, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Environmental Research Letters, Institute of Physics Publishing, University of California.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Innovations: Technology / Governance / Globalization, School of Public Policy, George Mason University and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Regulation and Governance, TERI.
  • Editor-in-Chief, Resources, Energy, and Development, TERI.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Energy Policy (Butterworth).
  • Member, Editorial Policy Board, The Energy Journal (IAEE).
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, TERI Information Digest on Energy and Environment, TERI.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Energy in Southern Africa (South Africa 1993–99).
  • Member, Advisory Board, Joint Implementation Quarterly, Foundation JIN (The Netherlands).
  • Member, Advisory Board of Editors, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change (Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands).
  • Member, Board of Contributing Editors, Environment (Washington DC).
  • Member, Editorial Board, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, (Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands).
  • Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Energy (Academic Press, California).
  • Member, Editorial Board, Climate Policy. (January 2001–December 2002, Elsevier Science Limited, England.)
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) Book Series.

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Source notes:

  1. R.K. Pachauri Biography.  I Love India.  http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/r-k-pachauri-1032.html []
  2. U.S. Climate Change Science Program.  Biography: R. K. Pachauri. http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/bios/pachauri.htm []
  3. Ibid. []
  4. Ibid. []
  5. Ibid. []
  6. Nita Bhalla. UN climate panel head formed global consensus. Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL11184002._CH_.2400 []
  7. Nobel Peace Prize 2007. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2007/press.html []
  8. Chair of UN Climate Panel Says Nobel Peace Prize Signals a “Clarion Call for the Protection of the Earth”. Democracy Now. http://www.democracynow.org/2007/12/11/chair_of_un_climate_panel_says []
  9. Nita Bhalla. UN climate panel head formed global consensus. Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL11184002._CH_.2400 []
  10. Dr. R. K. Pachauri – Cricket. http://www.rkpachauri.org/cricket.php []
  11. R.K. Pachauri Biography.  I Love India.  http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/r-k-pachauri-1032.html []
  12. U.S. Climate Change Science Program.  Biography: R. K. Pachauri. http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/bios/pachauri.htm []
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