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, RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE) and Politecnico of Milan, Italy

Massimo Tavoni is the Director of EIEE. He is also associate professor at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano. He coordinated the Climate Change Mitigation programme at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) between 2015 and 2018. He has been fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University, and post doctoral fellow at Princeton University. His research is about climate change mitigation policies, and has appeared in major scientific journals. He is a lead author of the IPCC (5th and 6th assessment reports), co-directs of the International Energy Workshop and was deputy editor for the journal ‘Climatic Change’. He is a recipient of a grant from the European Research Council (ERC). He has advised several international institutions on climate change matters, including the OECD, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank.


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.