Born in Nainital, India, Rajendra K. Pachauri (August 20, 1940) was elected chief of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (http://www.ipcc.ch/) in 2002. The IPCC was established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for understanding climate change, its potential impacts, and options for adaptation and mitigation.
Pachauri also serves as the head of The Energy Research Institute (http://www.teriin.org/), a developing-country institution devoted to sustainable development.
He otained an M.S. in industrial engineering in 1972, a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, and a Ph.D. in economics from North Carolina State University.
In acknowledgement of his environmental contributions, Pachauri was awarded the Padman Bhushan in 2001 -- one of India's highest civilian awards that recognizes distinguished service to the nation.