Professor Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General/Deputy CEO

Nebojsa Nakicenovic is Deputy Director General/Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and former Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology



Among other positions, Prof. Dr. Nakicenovic is Member of the United Nations Secretary General High-Level Technical Group on Sustainable for Energy for All Initiative; Member of the Advisory Council of the German Government on Global Change (WBGU); Member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) Committee on Scientific Planning and Review; Co-Chair, Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Carbon Project (GCP); Member of the Board, Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA); Member of the Working Group of the Austrian Panel on Climate Change (AG-APCC); Member of the Panel on Socioeconomic Scenarios for Climate Change Impact and Response Assessments; Member of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) Steering Committee; Member of the International Advisory Board of the Helmholtz Programme on Technology, and Member of the Earth League.

He has authored more than 300 publications and is also Editorial Board Member of several scientific journals, such as Journal on Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Climate Policy, Energy Policy, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, the International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, The Scientific World Journal, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, and the Journal of Energy Strategy Reviews.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic has been engaged in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in various roles over the past 25 years. It all started with the involvement in the Industry and Energy Subgroup during the First Assessment Report, followed by being a Lead Author on the Policy Paper on Technologies, policies and measures for mitigating climate change (1996). He was Convening Lead Author of the Energy Primer and Lead Author of the Energy Chapter of the Second Assessment Report (1993-1995). In one of his most challenging responsibilities he served as Convening Lead Author of the Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (Nakicenovic et al., 2000) that designed a set of widely used emissions scenarios to this day and was very influential in the development of RCPs and SSPs. The SRES scenarios were constructed to explore future developments in the global environment with special reference to greenhouse gases and aerosol precursor emissions. He was also Convening Lead Author of the Third Assessment Report (Chapter 3: 1999-2001) and Coordinating Lead Author of the Fourth Assessment Report (Chapter 3: 2002-2007); Most recently, he was a Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report (Chapter 5: 2010-2014).

Nebojsa Nakicenovic was a Member of the Steering Committee of the Austrian Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report (APCC), Director of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) (2006-2012). Member of the Advisory Board of the World Bank Development Report 2010: Climate Change, Member of the Mitigation Board of the Global Network for Climate Solutions (GNCS) at the Earth Institute of Columbia University. He was Coordinating Lead Author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2001–2005, Director, Global Energy Perspectives, World Energy Council, 1993 to 1998, Convening Lead Author of the World Energy Assessment: Energy and the Challenge of Sustainability, 1999 to 2000, Member of the International Science Panel on Renewable Energies (ISPRE), 2006 to 2008, Member of the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change and Guest Professor at the Technical University of Graz, 1993–2003.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic holds bachelors and masters degrees in economics and computer science from Princeton University, New Jersey, USA and the University of Vienna, where he also completed his Ph.D. He also holds Honoris Causa PhD degree in engineering from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Among Nebojsa Nakicenovic's research interests are the long-term patterns of technological change, economic development and response to climate change and, in particular, the evolution of energy, mobility, and information and communication technologies.

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