Curriculum Vitae


  • 2001    Venia Legendi: Energy Economics, Austrian Minister of Science.
  • 1999    Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.) Honoris Causa in Engineering Sciences, Russian  Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
  • 1984    Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.) in Economics and Computer Science (Dr.soc.oec), University of Vienna, Austria. Dissertation: “Growth to Limits: Long Waves and the Dynamics of Technology”
  • 1980    Masters Degree (M.A.) in Economics and Computer Science (Mag.soc.oec), University of Vienna, Austria. Thesis: “Dynamik der Energiesubstitution”
  • 1971    Bachelors Degree (B.A.) in Economics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. Thesis: “Social Welfare and Resource Allocation in a Planned Economy”

Language Skills

  • English, German, Croatian and Serbian, Russian

Professional Appointments

  • 2009–2018      Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 2001–2014      University Professor, Energy Economics Chair at the Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria.
  • 2005–2012      Director of Global Energy Assessment (GEA), IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 2008–2009      Acting Deputy Director IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 2006–2008      Leader of the Energy Program, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 2000–2008      Leader of the Transitions to New Technologies Program, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 1993–2003      Guest Professor at the Thermal Energy Institute, Technical University of Graz, Austria
  • 1991–2000      Leader of the Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies Project, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 1993–1993      Visiting Scholar, Research Institute on Innovative Technologies for the Earth (RITE), Kyoto, Japan.
  • 1985–1990      Leader of the Dynamics of Change Project, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 1987–1988      Acting Leader of the Technology, Economy and Society Program, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 1987–1988      Vice Dean, Young Scientists Summer Program, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 1984–1986      Research Scholar, Science and Technology Program, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 1973–1984      Researcher, Energy Systems Program, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 1971–1973      Researcher, Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Reactor Physics, Research Center Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • 1969–1970      Research Assistant, Economics Department, Princeton University, USA.


  • 2007    Recipient with a number of scientists of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for the research contribution to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
  • 2005    Recipient with a number of scientists of the 2005 Sheikh Zayed (former UAE President) Environmental Award for the research contribution to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment under the personal leadership of Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General.

Other Activities (selection)

  • Since 1990      Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Contributor, Energy and Industry Subgroup of the First Assessment Report (AR1) (IPCC-EIS, 1990); Convening Lead Author, Second Assessment Report (AR2), Working Group II; Coordinating Lead Author of the Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (SRES); Lead Author of the Third Assessment Report (AR3), Working Group II & III; Coordinating Lead Author, Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), WGIII; Lead Author, Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), WGIII
  • 2003–2006      Lead Author of IGU (International Gas Union) Reports on Future role of natural gas, sustainable development and strategic impact for IGU, Netherlands and Japan
  • 2003–2005      Coordinating Lead Author: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
  • 1998–2000      Convening Lead Author of the World Energy Assessment, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York, NY, USA, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), New York, NY USA, and World Energy Council (WEA), London, UK

Advisory board and Committee Membership (selection)

  • 2014 – Present, Co-Chair, Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Carbon Project (GCP), CSIRO, Canberra, Australia (2004– 2013, Scientific Steering Committee Member)
  • 2014 – Present, Member of the Science Advisory Panel for the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI), College Park, MD, USA.
  • 2014 – 2014, Member of the SENSE Research School Review Panel, Netherlands
  • 2011 – Present, Member of OMV (Austrian oil company) Advisory Group on Sustainability.
  • 2011 – Present, Member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Technical Group on Sustainable Energy for All, United Nations, New York, USA.
  • 2009 – 2011 Member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change, United Nations, New York, USA.
  • 2010 – Present, Member of the Steering Committee, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), Paris, France
  • 2010 – Present, Member of the International Advisory Board of the Helmholtz Programme on Technology, Berlin, Germany
  • 2010 – Present, Board Member, Mitigation program of the Global Network for Climate Solutions (GNCS), Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York, USA.
  • 2009 – 2015, Member Committee on Scientific Planning and Review, International Council for Science (ICSU), Paris, France
  • 2008 – 2016, Member, Advisory Council of the German Government on Global Change (WBGU), Berlin, Germany
  • 2008 – Present, Member of the Global Energy International Prize Committee, Russian Research Center ‘Kurchatov Institute’, Moscow, Russia
  • 2007 – Present, Member of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC), coordinated by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria, Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) at Stanford University, USA, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan


  • 2015 – Present, Guest Editor, Environmental Research Letters
  • 2014 – Present, Editorial Board, Ecosystem Health and Sustainability
  • 2012 – Present, Editorial Board, The Scientific World Journal
  • 2013 – Present: International Advisory Board, Energy Policy
  • 2012 – Present, Editorial Board Member, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
  • 2011 – Present, Editorial Board, Energy Strategy Reviews
  • 2000 – Present, Advisory Board Member, International Journal on Climate Policy
  • 2010 – Present, Advisory Board Member, Technological Forecasting and Social Change
  • 2009 – Present, Editorial Board Member, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
  • 2006 – 2015, Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Energy Sector Management

Publications (selection)

Books (selection)

  • Kromp-Kolb, H., Nakicenovic N., Steininger, K. (eds.) 2014: Österreichischer Sachstandsbericht Klimawandel 2014 (AAR14). Austrian Panel on Climate Change (APCC), Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien, Österreich, 1096 Seiten. ISBN 978-3-7001-7699-2.
  • Johansson, T., Nakicenovic, N., Patwardhan, A., and Gomez-Echeverri (Editors) 2012: GEA, 2012: Global Energy Assessment – Toward a Sustainable Future, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York, NY, USA and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria.
  • Nakicenovic, N. (Contributor) 2010: Energy for a Sustainable Future. The Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climte Change (AGECC). Summary and Recommendations; 28 April 2010, New York, United States. Available at:
  • Nakicenovic, N. (Contributor) 2010: World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The World Bank, Washington, DC., USA. (ISBN: 978-0-8213-7989-5).

Papers and Special Journal Issues (selection)

  • Nakicenovic, N., Lempert, R.J., Janetos, A.C., (eds): 2014, Special Issue of Climatic Change on the framework for the development of new socioeconomics scenarios for climate change research. Climatic Change 122(3): February 2014.ISSN: 0165‐0009
  • Nakicenovic, N., and Nordhaus, W., (eds): 2011, The economics of technologies to combat global warming, Energy Economics, Special Issue, Volume 33(4), July 2011, 565‐708. doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2011.02.001
  • Nakicenovic, N., and Riahi, K. (eds): 2007, Integrated assessment of uncertainties in greenhouse gas emissions and their mitigation, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Special Issue, 74(7), September 2007, 234 pp.
  • Nakicenovic, N., (ed.): 2000, Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Scenarios: Five Modeling Approaches, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 63(2‐3), 105‐388. (ISSN 0040‐1625; Cit. index: SCI)