GEF Special Briefing on Global Energy Assessment:   An update and brief on its contents and preliminary findings

January 24, 2011

9:00 - 15:00

 Pradeep Monga, Ged Davis, Nebojsa Nakicenovic,Keywan Riahi,
Shonali Pachauri, and Luis Gomez-Echeverri,

Robert Dixon (team leader of GEF CC team)

Lunch will be served!!


The GEA in brief:  The Global Energy Assessment is a major multi-year initiative that brings together some 500 analysts and reviewers from different regions of the world to contribute independent, scientifically based, integrated, and policy-relevant analysis of current and emerging energy issues and options.

Agenda:  This will be a one-day brief with presentations by GEA Staff 

-   Brief Introductory remarks by GEF, UNIDO and GEA
-   Overall presentation of the contents of GEA and preliminary findings
-   Presentation on the scenario work and different policy options
-   Presentation on the work on energy access
-   Presentation and discussion on outreach and policy dialogues

Short CVs of the UNIDO and GEA Team:

Dr. Pradeep Monga is the Director of the Energy Branch at UNIDO and in his capacity is the leader of the energy work at the agency.

Ged Davis is Co-President of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA). In addition, he is currently an advisor to a number of international institutions, and has wide experience of global business, energy and environment matters. He was until March 2007, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, responsible for global research, scenario projects, and the design of the annual Forum meeting at Davos, Switzerland. Before joining the Forum Ged spent 30 years with Royal Dutch Shell, which he joined in 1972. He was the Vice President of Global Business Environment for Shell International in London, and head of Shell’s scenario planning team.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic is Deputy Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology, and Director of the Global Energy Assessment(GEA). Among other positions, Prof. Nakicenovic is member of the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change; Member of the Advisory Council of the German Government on Global Change (WBGU); Member of the Advisory Board of the World Bank Development Report 2010: Climate Change; Member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) Committee on Scientific Planning and Review, and Member of the Global Carbon Project. Member of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) Expert Panel on Sustainable Energy Supply, Poverty Reduction and Climate Change. Prof. 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.

Keywan Riahi is a Senior Research Scholar and Acting Leader of the Energy Program. In addition he holds a position as Visiting Professor in the field of energy systems analysis at the Graz University of Technology, Austria. Professor Riahi is the author of many scientific journal articles and has coauthored and guest-edited books and Special Journal Issues in the fields of energy and climate change. Since 1998 he has served as a Lead Author to various Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including the IPCC's Third and Fourth Assessment Reports, the IPCC's Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (SRES), and the Special Report on CO2 Capture and Storage (SRCCS). Professor Riahi’s main research interests are the long-term patterns of technological change and economic development and, in particular, the evolution of the energy system. His present research focuses on energy-related sources of global change and on future development and response strategies for mitigating adverse environmental impacts, such as global warming and acidification.

Shonali Pachauri is an energy and environmental economist. She joined the Population and Climate Change Program at IIASA in October 2005. Presently she is working with the Energy (ENE) and World Population (POP) Programs. Dr. Pachauri also serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA). Dr. Shonali Pachauri received her Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in 2002, following which she worked as a Post Doc with the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics at ETHZ. She also holds a master's degree in environmental and resource economics from University College London. Her research interests include the analysis of the socio-economics of energy access, use and choice, resource use and access in relationship to lifestyles, poverty and development, energy demand and fuel choice modeling as well as the analysis of embodied energy of household consumption in developing countries.

Luis Gomez-Echeverri joined IIASA in January 2009 as the Associate Director of the Global Energy Assessment. He has worked for the United Nations for over 30 years in a variety of positions, countries and regions, mostly with the UNDP and the UNFCCC. Mr. Gomez-Echeverri's last full-time position at UNDP was as Deputy Assistant Secretary General and Acting Director of the Bureau for Development Policy (BDP), at UNDP New York. Prior to this, he was with the Secretariat of the UNFCCC, where he was the Director of Implementation and responsible for programs supporting the implementation of the Convention particularly on issues of finance and was also the Coordinator of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). He is presently a lead author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.