Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), is also Professor of Earth System Science at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Professor Kabat has over 25 years experience leading interdisciplinary and international research teams investigating global environmental change, with focus on climate hydrology and water cycles. He is author and co-author of over 200 refereed publications including 9 books and co-editor of six special issues of peer reviewed international journals. Between 1994 and 2010, Professor Kabat has been chairing several Scientific Steering Committees of the major global environmental change programs, dealing with both the physical and the biogeochemical aspects of the earth system.
He is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as one of the Lead Authors of the IPCC, co-recipient of The Zayed International Prize for the Environment (2006) as one of the authors of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and a recipient of the Dahlem Foundation International Prize (Berlin, 1998), and NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre Prize (Maryland, USA 1997).