Director, IIASA Energy Program
Dr. Keywan Riahi is the director of the Energy Program of IIASA and visiting professor, Energy Systems Analysis of the Graz University of Technology, Austria. His main research interests are long-term patterns of technological change and economic development, particularly evolution of the energy system. His present research focuses on energy-related sources of global change, and on future development and response strategies related to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Riahi leads a number of international research efforts, including EU funded project on ‘Linking Climate and Development Policies-Leveraging International Networks and Knowledge Sharing (CD-LINKS’)’. He is also member of Scientific Steering Committee of Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium and other international and European scenario activities. His work within international modeling comparison projects, such as Stanford-based Energy Modeling Forum, focuses on climate and energy policies for rapid transformation toward environmental, economic and social sustainability.
Since 1998, he served as lead author and review editor to various international assessments, such as Global Energy Assessment, The World in 2050 and reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, including the IPCC’s Third, Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports, the Special Report on Emissions Scenarios, the Special Report on Emissions Scenarios, the Special Report on CO2 Capture and Storage, and the Special Report on Renewable Energy.
Riahi has been acknowledged as a Highly Cited Researcher worldwide by Thomson Reuters (2017 and 2016).