Hoesung Lee, a Korean professor of economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development, was on 6 October 2015 elected as the Head of the Inter-governmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) at its 42nd session in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Lee was elected by 78-56 votes in a run-off with Jean-Pascale van Ypersele of Belgium. A total of six candidates had been nominated for the post.
He succeeded RK Pachauri of India, who stepped down in February 2015 after a female researcher accused him of sexual harassment.
Lee has served various roles including his role as an executive member of the Korean Academy of Environmental Sciences; as a member of the Asia Development Bank President’s advisory board; as a council member of the Global Green Growth Institute and as an editorial board member of the UK based Climate Policy.
He was the founding president of the Korea Energy Economic Institute and the former president of the International Association for Energy Economics. He also served Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in various capacities, including his post of the Working Group III Co-Chair.
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Who: Hoesung Lee
When: 6 October 2015