Diana Ürge-Vorsatz is a Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, at the Central European University (CEU). and Vice Chair of Working Group III (Mitigation) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California (Los Angeles and Berkeley). She served as the Acting Head of Department in 2002-2003 and directed the PhD program in 2003 – 2004. She was a Visiting Professor at the International Christian University of Tokyo and a Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).
DUV was a Coordinating Lead Author in both the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports (AR4 and AR5) of the IPCC. She served on the United Nation’s Scientific Expert Group on Climate Change, and led the buildings-related work in the Global Energy Assessment. She has worked on and directed many research projects for organisations including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Global Environment Facility, UNEP, the World Energy Council, OECD, the World Bank. She has been serving on the Governing and Advisory boards of several organizations, including Innogy (RWE), the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund (KLIEN), the European Climate Foundation (ECF), and the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), and the NGO Clean Air Action Group (Chair). She is regularly invited to high-level review panels, such as for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; the EU’s Joint Research Centre, and several panels in the European Research Council. She has delivered over 50 keynote speeches worldwide, appears on a weekly basis in the media. She received the Hungarian Republic’s Presidential Award “Medium Cross” in 2008, as well as the “Role Model” award in 2009.