01 July 2019

Elena Rovenskaya appointed as IIASA Acting Deputy Director General

Current IIASA Advanced Systems Analysis Program Director and Evolution and Ecology Acting Program Director, Elena Rovenskaya, has agreed to assume the role of Acting Deputy Director General until the newly appointed candidate, Leena Srivastava, will take up the position of IIASA Deputy Director General for Science later this year.

Elena Rovenskaya

Elena Rovenskaya

Rovenskaya graduated from the Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia in 2003. She received her PhD from the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics at the same institution in 2006. The title of her PhD thesis was "On solving the problem of finding the optimal compatibility parameter value for a class of equations in a normalized space".

In 2005, Rovenskaya participated in the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program and she has been collaborating with researchers at IIASA since 2006, first through the Dynamic Systems Program and later with its successor, the Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA) Program. In 2014, she became the Director of the ASA Program and in 2018, she also took up the role as Evolution and Ecology (EEP) Acting Program Director. In these functions, Rovenskaya leads a team of more than 50 international interdisciplinary scientists who focus on the latest developments in applied mathematics, operations research, and statistics to provide more efficient and effective tools for addressing policy relevant problems. Rovenskaya’s own scientific interest relate to analytical models and decision support tools relying on optimization and decisions under uncertainty.

Commenting on her new position, IIASA Director General and CEO Albert van Jaarsveld says: “I am extremely pleased that Elena has agreed to step into the role of Acting Deputy Director General as an interim measure. She is a well-regarded and highly experienced scientist who has the skills and experience required to take on this important role in an interim capacity and provide the required support to the Directorate and IIASA science community.”

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Rovenskaya, E. , Sedighi, E., Komendantova, N. , Strelkovskii, N. , Karabashov, N., Atakanov, N., Chekirbaev, U., Zheenaliev, Z., et al. (2018). Industrial Development of Kyrgyzstan: Background. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-18-011

Rovenskaya, E. (2017). Overview of the ASA research. In: IIASA Institutional Evaluation 2017, 27 February-1 March 2017, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.

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