Rajendra Pachauri is an economist and an environmental scientist who has served as the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002. As an economist and environmental scientist of immense repute, Rajendra Pachauri is also the Director General of the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, an institution devoted to researching and promoting sustainable development.
To honor his contributions to the environment, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India′s highest civilian award, in January 2001, for his contribution to the field of environment. Dr. Rajendra Pachauri a has also written about 21 books, numerous papers and articles. Rajendra K. Pachauri was awarded ‘NDTV Global Indian of the Year’ for the year 2007. On December 10, 2007, Dr.Rajendra Pachauri accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC, along with co-recipient Al Gore.
In the acceptance speech at the awards ceremony, he repeatedly emphasized his concerns regarding the implications of climate change for the world′s poorest nations, referring to studies that: “…have raised the threat of dramatic population migration, conflict, and war over water and other resources, as well as a realignment of power among nations. Some also highlight the possibility of rising tensions between rich and poor nations, health problems caused particularly by water shortages and crop failures.
“One of the most significant aspects of the impacts of climate change… relates to the equity implications of changes that are occurring and are likely to occur in the future. In general, the impacts of climate change on some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world could prove extremely unsettling.”
Dr.Rajendra Pachauri went to North Carolina State University, USA for higher studies. He did his MS in Industrial Engineering (1972), PhD in Industrial Engineering and PhD in Economics. From Aug’ 1974 to May’ 1975, he served as Assistant Professor, and Visiting Faculty Member (during the summer of 1976 and 1977) in the Department of Economics and Business. When he returned to India, he jbecame a Member of the Senior Faculty of the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad. Thereafter, he became the Director of the Consulting and Applied Research Division.
Rajendra Pachauri was a Visiting Professor of Resource Economics at the College of Mineral and Energy Resources, West Virginia University. He was also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Resource Systems Institute (1982), and Visiting Research Fellow at the World Bank, Washington DC (1990). Due to his extensive knowledge and expertise, Dr Rajendra Pachauri has been nominated for innumerable international and national committees and boards.