In June 2009 three new co-directors were elected by the Steering Committee to run the International Energy Workshop:
Dr. Geoffrey Blanford, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA
Dr. Geoffrey Blanford is Program Manager for EPRI's research on Global Climate Change Policy Costs and Benefits. The program conducts analysis of the economic and environmental implications of domestic and international climate policy proposals, with emphasis on the principles of efficient policy design, the role of technology, and the value of R&D. Dr. Blanford's research activities include development of the MERGE model for integrated assessment and its application to issues such as technology policy and international climate agreements.
Before joining EPRI, Dr. Blanford worked for the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) and the Energy Modeling Forum at Stanford University, and at the Joint Global Change Research Institute in College Park, MD. He has served as an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Dr. Blanford earned a BA degree in mathematics from Yale University and an MS degree in operations research from Columbia University. He received a PhD degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University.
Dr. Massimo Tavoni, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Italy
Dr. Massimo Tavoni is deputy coordinator of the Climate Change Economics units both at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC). From 2008 to 2010 he was post doctoral research associate at Princeton University, and before then researcher at FEEM and CMCC. His research is about energy and climate change economics, and specifically the modeling and evaluation of international climate mitigation policies. He is also interested in the interplay between energy, climate and environmental policies. Massimo has published extensively in the peer reviewed literature, including work that was featured in "Time" magazine's list of “The 50 Best Inventions of 2009”. He is a lead author for the 5th assessment report of the IPCC, the co-director of the annual International Energy Workshop and lecturer for the PhD in “Science and Management of Climate Change” at the University of Venice. He is also deputy editor for the journal Climatic Change. Massimo holds a Laurea cum Laude in Engineering from the University of Bologna, an MSc in Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in Political Economics from the Catholic University of Milan.
Dr. Bob van der Zwaan, Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)
Dr. Bob van der Zwaan is senior scientist at the Policy Studies department of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) in Amsterdam and at Columbia University's Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy (Earth Institute) in New York, and is adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna. He is a member of the Council of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and lead author for Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 4th and 5th Assessment Reports). He has been visiting professor at several universities, most recently at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Stockholm, 2010), and held research positions at Harvard University (2002-2005), the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1999-2001), Stanford University (1999-2000), and the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (1997-1999). He was trained in economics (MPhil, 1997, University of Cambridge, King’s College), physics (PhD, 1995, CERN and University of Nijmegen; MSc, 1991, University of Utrecht) and international relations (Certificate, 1994, IUHEI, University of Geneva). His research interest covers the fields of energy and environmental economics, integrated assessment and long-term energy scenario modeling, climate change and technological innovation. He is (co-)author of around 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and contributor to, or author/editor of, a dozen books or book chapters.