Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is currently the Principal Mentor of the POP Movement (Protect Our Planet) and President of the World Forum on Sustainable Development (WSDF). Dr. Pachauri is former Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is also the former President and founding CEO of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), based in New Delhi.
Dr. R.K. Pachauri earned a doctorate in industrial engineering and economics from North Carolina State University. He was educated at La Martiniere College in Lucknow and at the Railway Institute of India in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar. He served as an assistant professor and visiting professor at the NC State Department of Economics and Business. He was Visiting Professor of Resource Economics at the College of Mineral and Energy Resources at the University of West Virginia. Upon his return to India, he was in the Indian Administrative Staff School, Hyderabad, as Senior Professor and Director of the Division of Consulting and Applied Research. He joined the Institute of Energy and Resources (TERI) as Executive Director in 1982 and ran the organization until 2016. He was also Principal Visiting Ally at the Resource Systems Institute, East West Center, Honolulu and Allied Visiting Research at the World Bank , Washington. In 2002, Pachauri was elected Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to assess information relevant to understanding climate change . He chaired the IPCC until 2015 and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 on behalf of the Group. In 2009 he was appointed Founding Director of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, having served until 2012 and was Senior Adviser to the Institute until 2014. He was also Professor of Sustainable Development Practice at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at the University of Yale, for the period from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2014. Dr. Pachauri holds 25 honorary doctorates from leading universities around the world. He has been honored by the governments of France, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Japan, Mexico and has received the second highest civilian award in India from the President of India.
Dr. Pachauri has extensive experience in international affairs and has served in numerous international and Indian agencies in several areas.