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Rajendra K. Pachauri

Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri
Born Rajendra Kumar Pachauri
(1940-08-20) 20 August 1940
Nainital, United Provinces, British India (now Uttarakhand, India)
Nationality Indian
Alma mater North Carolina State University and La Martiniere Lucknow
Occupation Chief, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Director General, TERI
Religion Hindu
Spouse(s) Saroj Pachauri
Children Rashmi Pachauri-Rajan (daughter)[1]

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri (born 20 August 1940) was the chair of the Nobel Peace Prize.[2][3] He resigned from IPCC following allegations of sexual abuse of a junior colleague at his New Delhi based organization. In July 2015, he was also dismissed as the Director General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) the New Delhi head-quartered environmental think tank that he had led for over three decades.


  • Background 1
  • Career 2
    • Work with the IPCC 2.1
    • 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for IPCC 2.2
    • Commitment to other organisations 2.3
  • Lighting a Billion Lives Initiative 3
  • Controversies 4
    • Sexual Harassment Case 4.1
  • Awards and recognitions 5
  • Other interests 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Pachauri was born in Nainital, India. He was educated at La Martiniere College in Lucknow[4] and at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar. He belongs to the Special Class Railway Apprentices, 1958 Batch, an elite scheme which heralded the beginning of mechanical engineering education in India.[5] He began his career with the Indian Railways at the Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi. He joined the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, USA, where he obtained an MS in Industrial Engineering in 1972, and a PhD with co-majors in Industrial Engineering and Economics in 1974.[6] His doctoral thesis was titled, A dynamic model for forecasting of electrical energy demand in a specific region located in North and South Carolina.[7] He lives in Golf Links, New Delhi.[8] He is a strict vegetarian, largely because of "the environmental and climate change implications."[9]


He served as Assistant Professor (August 1974 – May 1975) and Visiting Faculty Member (Summer 1976 and 1977) in the Department of Economics and Business at NC State. He was a Visiting Professor of Resource Economics at the College of Mineral and Energy Resources, West Virginia University. On his return to India, he joined the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) to assess information relevant for understanding climate change.[11]

Pachauri was on the Board of Governors, Shriram Scientific and Industrial Research Foundation (September 1987); the Executive Committee of the India International Centre, New Delhi (1985 onwards); the Governing Council of the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (October 1987 onwards); and the Court of Governors, Administrative Staff College of India (1979–81) and advises such companies as Pegasus Capital Advisors, the Chicago Climate Exchange, Toyota, Deutsche Bank and NTPC.[12] He has served as member of many societies and commissions. He has been the Member of Board of the International Solar Energy Society (1991–1997), World Resources Institute Council (1992), while Chairman of the World Energy Council (1993–1995), President and then Chairman of the International Association for Energy Economics (1988–1990), and the President of the Asian Energy Institute (Since 1992).[13] He was a part-time advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (1994—1999) in the fields of Energy and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources.[14] In July 2001, Dr R K Pachauri was appointed Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.[14]

Work with the IPCC

On 20 April 2002, Pachauri was elected Chairman of the United Nations established Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.[11]

Pachauri has been vocal on the issue of climate change and said, "What is happening, and what is likely to happen, convinces me that the world must be really ambitious and very determined at moving toward a 350 target."[15] 350 refers to the level in parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that some climate scientists such as NASA's James Hansen agree to be a safe upper limit to avoid a climate tipping point.[16]

2007 Nobel Peace Prize for IPCC

Pachauri and Al Gore on balcony of Grand Hotel, Oslo.

The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former US Vice-President Al Gore, who had earlier criticised Pachauri when he was first elected in 2002.[17] In its press release,[18] the Nobel Prize Committee said:

...the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."[18]

On 11 December 2007, Pachauri (representing the recipient IPCC) and co-recipient Al Gore delivered their acceptance speeches at an awards ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on a day when delegates to a United Nations climate conference were meeting in Bali, Indonesia.[19] Pachauri referenced the Hindu philosophy of "'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', which means 'the whole universe is one family,'" must dominate global efforts to protect the global commons."[20] Returning to this theme throughout his speech, he quoted president of the Maldives in 1987 (Maumoon Abdul Gayoom):

"...a mean sea level rise of two meters would suffice to virtually submerge the entire country of 1,190 small islands, most of which barely rise two meters above sea level. That would be the death of a nation."[20]

Pachauri repeatedly emphasised his concerns regarding the implications of climate change for the world's poorest nations, referring to studies that:

"...have raised the threat of dramatic population migration, conflict, and war over water and other resources, as well as a realignment of power among nations. Some also highlight the possibility of rising tensions between rich and poor nations, health problems caused particularly by water shortages and crop failures...

Commitment to other organisations

Rajendra K. Pachauri is a member of the Fondation Chirac's honour committee,[21] ever since the foundation was launched in 2008 by former French president Jacques Chirac to promote world peace.

Lighting a Billion Lives Initiative

Pachauri conceptualised and launched Lighting a Billion Lives Initiative in 2005 to bring electricity to energy starved rural areas of India through solar energy.[22] The initiative has taken solar energy to remote places like Sundarbans, West Bengal and Thar Desert, Rajasthan.


Christopher Booker and Richard North wrote an article for the Daily Telegraph in January 2010 alleging potential conflicts of interest related to Pachauri's membership of the board of ONGC[23] and to research grants for TERI, a non-profit institution of which Pachauri is director general.[24] They further alleged that financial anomalies existed at TERI Europe.[25] Pachauri denied all allegations.[26][27]

In response to the allegations, the audit firm KPMG carried out a review at TERI's request.[28] The review stated: "No evidence was found that indicated personal financial benefits accruing to Dr Pachauri from his various advisory roles that would have led to a conflict of interest". The report explains its objectives and methodology and states that "Work done by us was as considered necessary at that point in time" and that it is based on the information provided by TERI, Pachauri and Pachauri's tax counsel. In a caveat the review explains that its scope was "significantly different from an audit and cannot be relied on to provide the same level of assurance as an audit".[28] KPMG examined payments made by private sector companies and found that payments amounting to $326,399 were made to TERI itself, not to Pachauri.[29][30] He had received only his annual salary from TERI, amounting to £45,000 a year, plus a maximum of about £2,174 from outside earnings. He received no payment for chairing the IPCC.[31]

On 21 August 2010, the Daily Telegraph issued an apology, saying that it had "not intended to suggest that Dr Pachauri was corrupt or abusing his position as head of the IPCC and we accept KPMG found Dr Pachauri had not made "millions of dollars" in recent years." It stated: "We apologise to Dr Pachauri for any embarrassment caused."[32] The newspaper was reported to have paid legal costs of over £100,000.[31] Pachauri welcomed the Telegraph's apology, saying that he was "glad that they have finally acknowledged the truth", and attributed the false allegations to "another attempt by the climate sceptics to discredit the IPCC. They now want to go after me and hope that it would serve their purpose."[33]

The Guardian stated his view that despite Pachauri being cleared by KPMG of conflict of interest and financial wrongdoing, false claims had been repeated about him by Richard North, the Daily Mail and The Australian.[34]

Following the retraction of a flawed projection regarding glacier melt in the IPCC AR4 working group II report, there were calls for him to step down as head of the IPCC, which he has rejected.[35][36][37][38]

Sexual Harassment Case

On 18 February 2015, Delhi police filed a First Investigation Report (FIR) documenting allegations of assault, sexual harassment, stalking and criminal intimidation, against Pauchauri.[39][40]

On 20 February 2015, Indian newspapers reported an alleged case of sexual harassment, where a 29-year-old research analyst with TERI raised a serious complaint against Pachauri. The Delhi High Court has directed him to join the police probe.[41][42] Pachauri resigned as head of the IPCC on 24 February 2015, denying the allegations.[43] TERI also subsequently announced that Pachauri had "proceeded on leave".[44] Ismail El Gizouli took over as acting head of the IPCC until elections take place in October 2015.

On 25 February 2015, ahead of his bail hearing Pachauri was hospitalised.[45] On March 21, Delhi High Court granted him bail.[46] The Delhi high Court has set 17 July 2015 as the final date for disposal of this case.[47]

On 28 May 2015, Pachauri was found guilty of sexual harassment by an internal disciplinary committee of the The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).[48]

Awards and recognitions

  • In January 2001, he received India's Padma Bhushan award by the Indian Government.[8][10]
  • NDTV Global Indian of the Year for the year 2007.[49]
  • [50]
  • On 14 July 2008, Pachauri received the title UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador.[51]
  • In January 2008, he was awarded the second-highest civilian award in India, the Padma Vibhushan.[52]
  • In November 2009, Pachauri received the 'Order of the Rising Sun – Gold and Silver Star' in recognition of his contribution to the enhancement of Japan's policy towards climate change. He was bestowed with the decoration by Emperor Akihito.[53]
  • In November 2009, Pachauri was rated fifth in the list of "Top 100 Global thinkers" by Foreign Policy magazine, for "ending the debate over whether climate change matters."[54]
  • In February 2010, Pachauri was conferred with Order of the White Rose of Finland from the President of Finland in recognition of his work in promoting international co-operation on climate change and sustainable development.[55]
  • The French government has awarded him the 'Officer of the Legion of Honour'.[56]
  • HEC Paris appointed Pachauri Professor Honoris Causa in October 2009.[57]
  • University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne appointed Pachauri Professor Honoris Causa in September 2012.[58]
  • In July 2013, he was conferred with the Pico della Mirandola Prize by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Mirandola

Other interests

Other than his academic publications, Pachauri also writes poetry and fiction. He is the author of Return to Almora,[59] a romance novel published in 2010. The novel is in the form of the reminiscences of a retired bureaucrat, once an engineering student, about his spiritual and sexual past.[60][61] He co-wrote Moods and Musings,[62] a collection of poems, with his daughter Rashmi Pachauri-Rajan.[1]

See also


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External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website
  • Dr R K Pachauri's — Blog
  • Dr. R.K. Pachauri – biography at
  • Dr. R.K. Pachauri – biography at
  • U.N. Climate-Change Panel Chairman to Stay, 15 October 2010
  • Nobel Prize acceptance speech Video, audio, and print transcript from Democracy Now!.
  • Dr. Pachauri discusses the climate change negotiation process with Climate Change TV
  • Lord Browne interviews Dr Pachauri about climate change, Winter 2007
  • UN scientist backs '350' target for CO2 reductionAFP article (2009-8-25)
  • World Questions Congress' Commitment to Climate Change, Chair of World Climate Change Panel Says U.S. Lobbyists May Stall Obama Agenda
  • Tackling Climate Change The Politic interviews Rajendra Pachauri about the Copenhagen Conference of 2009 – December 2009
  • One on One – Rajendra Pachauri on YouTube – interview with Pachauri on Al Jazeera English (video, retrieved 2010-1-30)
  • Rajendra Pachauri interviewed by Sophie Elmhirst of New Statesman.
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Watson
Chairman of the IPCC
Succeeded by
Hoesung Lee
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