The Council is the governing body of the Institute. The Council is responsible for governance oversight, approval of the institute budget, approving strategies and governing principles, areas for IIASA research, as well as ensuring that IIASA activities are in line with institutional objectives, the provisions of the Charter, and the interests of NMOs.

The Council meets twice a year, in June and November. The Charter, the Council delegation of authority, and Council resolutions, document the role of Council, as well as its processes and decisions. The Council appoints the Institute’s Director General (DG), Deputy Director General for Science (DDGS) and the Chief Operations Officer (COO).

Annual reports    IIASA Strategy 2021-2030    IIASA Charter

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Chair

Professor Michael Clegg became the Chair of the IIASA governing Council on 30 September 2017, and is also the Council member for the USA. 

Clegg was elected as IIASA Council Chair in September 2017. He also serves on the IIASA Council, representing the US National Member Organization, the National Academy of Sciences. Clegg was the chair of the institutional review committee, which recently conducted an independent, comprehensive evaluation of IIASA including all structures, processes, and activities. The review’s findings were presented in June 2017, and the council and management are now working to take forward the key recommendations.

Vice Chairs

Dr. Lea Kauppi, Former Director General, Finnish Environment Institute (SKYE)

  • Member country: Finland
  • Member of the Council Executive Committee

Professor Dr. Kazu Takemoto, Director, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, United Nations University (UNU-IAS) and Visiting Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo, Institutes for Advanced Study (UTIAS)

  • Member country: Japan
  • Member of the Council Executive Committee
The following Council Committees carry out the Council work
  • Executive Committee
  • Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Research and Engagement Committee
  • Science Advisory Committee

More details on the roles and the responsibilities of the IIASA Council can be found in the IIASA Charter, which was signed by all founding member countries in 1972 and subsequently by each new member country.

Council members

Professor Dr. Christian Koeberl, Deputy Head, Department of Lithospheric Research, University of Vienna

  • Member country: Austria
  • Member of the Council Finance, Risk and Audit Committee; Member of the Council Executive Committee (ex-officio)

Professor Livia Pelli Palumbo, Director of International Relations, The Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES)

  • Member country: Brazil
  • Council Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

Professor Xincheng Xie, Vice President, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

  • Member country: China
  • Member of the Council Research and Engagement Committee

Professor Mahmoud M. Sakr, President, Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT)

  • Member country: Egypt
  • Member of the Council Membership Committee

Professor Dr. Helga Weisz, Head of Research Domain Transdisciplinary Concepts & Methods, PIK/Professor of Industrial Ecology and Climate Change, Department of Cultural Studies and Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin

  • Member country: Germany
  • Member of the Council Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

Dr. Pradeep Srivastava, Executive Director, Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC)

  • Member country: India
  • Vice Chair of the Council Membership Committee, Member of the Council Executive Committee

Professor Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Head, Bandung Institute of Technology, School of Business and Management


Professor Dr. Eaman Eftekhary, Director, Iran National Science Foundation (INSF) and Professor, School of Mathematics, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM)

  • Member country: Iran
  • Member of the Council Research and Engagement Committee

Professor Itai Sened, Dean, Founding Head of the School of Social and Policy Studies, Head of the Boris Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges,Tel Aviv University (TAU); The Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Member country: Israel
  • Member of the Council Research and Engagement Committee

Dr. Amna Jrrar, The Royal Scientific Society (RSS)

  • Member country: Jordan (prospective member)
  • Member of the Council Research and Engagement Committee

Dr. Kil-Choo Moon, President, University of Science and Technology

  • Member country: Republic of Korea
  • Chair of the Council Membership Committee; Member of the Council Executive Committee

Dra. Maria Elena Alvarez-Buylla Roces, Director General, CONACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia)

  • Member country: Mexico (observer)

Dr. Kirsten Broch Mathisen, Special Adviser, Division for Energy, Resources and the Environment, The Research Council of Norway

  • Member country: Norway
  • Chair of the Council Research and Engagement Committee; Member of the Council Executive Committee

Academician Professor Vladislav Panchenko, Chair of the Council, Russian Foundation for Basic Research

  • Member country: Russia
  • Member of the Council Membership Committee; Member of the Council Executive Committee

Ms. Anna Jurikova, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

  • Member country: Slovakia 
  • Member of the Council Membership Committee

Dr. Ingrid Petersson, Director General, The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS)

  • Member country: Sweden
  • Chair of the Council Finance, Risk and Audit Committee; Member of the Council Executive Committee

Dr. Dorsamy (Gansen) Pillay, Deputy CEO: RISA, Research and Innovation Support and Advancement, National Research Foundation (NRF)


Professor Dr. Olena Borodina, Associate Member of NASU, Institute for Economics and Forecasting, The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU)

  • Member country: Ukraine
  • Member of the Council Membership Committee

Dr. Sarah Webb, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

  • Member country: United Kingdom
  • Vice Chair of the Council Research and Engagement Committee

Professor Dr. Ninh Khac Ban, Director General, International Cooperation Department, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)

  • Member country: Vietnam
  • Member of the Council Finance, Risk and Audit Committee