Dr. R.K. Pachauri has been the Chief Executive of TERI since 1981, designated initially as Director and since April 2001 as Director-General. Since 1998, he has also been Chancellor, TERI University. In April 2002 he was elected as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was established by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme in 1988. IPCC along with former Vice President Al Gore has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2007. He has been appointed as Senior Adviser, Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI) from July 2012 prior to which he was the Founding Director of YCEI (from July 2009 to June 2012). Dr. Pachauri has a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Economics.
He has been on several international and national committees including membership of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, the Advisory Board on Energy (ABE) which reported directly to the Prime Minister of India, a Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and several others. He has been President (1988) and Chairman (1989-90) of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). He has been President of the Asian Energy Institute since 1992. In April 1999, he was appointed Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan and held this appointment till April 2012. He has been active in several international forums dealing with the subject of climate change and its policy dimensions.
Dr. Pachauri was awarded the ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2001 by the President of India and he was also bestowed the “Officier De La Légion D’Honneur” by the Government of France in 2006. He was 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. He has been conferred with the ‘Commander of the Order of Leopold II’ by the King of the Belgians in July 2009; the ‘Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland’ by the Prime Minister of Finland in February, 2010, ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’ by His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan in April 2010 and Mexican Order of the ‘Aztec Eagle’ by the President of Mexico in June 2012.