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 full 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, TNO Energy Transition (TNO)
E-mail: bob.vanderzwaan@tno

Dr. Bob van der Zwaan senior scientist at the Energy Transition department of TNO, Professor of Sustainable Energy Technology at the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam, and Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna. From 2007 to 2013 he was visiting senior research scientist at Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy (Earth Institute) in New York. He is co-director of the International Energy Workshop (IEW), 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 held several visiting professorships, most recently at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Stockholm, 2010) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IFW, 2008), and held research positions at Harvard University (Cambridge, 2002-2005), the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1999-2001), Stanford University (Paolo Alto, 1999-2000), the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI, Paris, 1997-1999) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, Geneva, 1992-1995). He was trained in economics (MPhil, 1995-1997, University of Cambridge, King’s College), physics (PhD, 1991-1995, CERN/NIKHEF, University of Nijmegen; MSc, 1987-1991, University of Utrecht) and international relations (Certificate, 1993-1994, IUHEI, University of Geneva). His research includes the fields of energy and climate change, integrated assessment modelling, environmental economics, and technological innovation. He is (co-)author of over 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles (2400 citations, h-index=30), and contributor to about a dozen books.