Governing Board

John Schellnhuber, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research close

Mercator 2009
Mercator 2009

John Schellnhuber has been Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) since he founded the institute in 1992. He is Professor for Theoretical Physics at the University of Potsdam and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, USA. Professor. Schellnhuber is currently Co-Chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and Chair of the Standing Committee on Climate, Energy and Environment of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). He has been a long-standing member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and serves as a principal advisor to the European Commission President Barroso.


Peter Chen, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology more

Peter chenPeter Chen is Professor of Physical Organic Chemistry at the ETH Zürich since 1994.  From September 1, 2007 until September 30, 2009, he was Vice President for Research and Corporate Relations.  He is a member of the Executive Board of the Swiss National Science Foundation, in charge of national programs. In addition to other mandates, he is a Director of Clariant Ltd, a leading specialty chemicals company.  He is the Director of “Society in Science,” an international fellowship program. In his research he investigates reaction mechanisms in organic and organometallic chemistry using physical techniques add well as computational chemistry tools.


Ian Short, Institute for Sustainability more

Ian Short is Chief Executive of the Institute for Sustainability, an independent charity established in 2009 to accelerate the delivery of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable cities.  The Institute works with a diverse range of partners in the UK and internationally to deliver innovative demonstration projects in real world settings.  Ian is also a member of the Mayor of London’s Smart London Board. Ian was previously Deputy CEO of LTGDC, a public/private organisation leading regeneration in east London, prior to which he worked for Lehman Brothers for ten years where he was senior vice president with responsibilities including global project management.