Dr. Leena Srivastava

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Dr. Leena Srivastava

Advisory Board Member

Dr Leena Srivastava assumed the position of Deputy Director General for Science of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Vienna, Austria in November 2019. In her new role, she provides interdisciplinary scientific leadership to the institute to ensure that IIASA research stays at the forefront of scientific endeavor for sustainability.


Prior to this, for about seven years, Srivastava was the Vice Chancellor of the TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS) in New Delhi, India. TERI SAS is a research University with about 180 Phd students and close to 500 Masters students. It specialized in providing specialized education in sustainability studies.

Srivastava started her career in The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and worked there for more than three decades, exiting as the Executive Director. TERI is an independent not-for-profit research institution, with a staff size of nearly a 1,000 people, working in the areas of energy, environment and sustainable development. At TERI, Dr. Srivastava worked on a range of issues covering energy and environment policy/planning, energy economics and climate change.


During her career, Dr. Srivastava served on several Corporate Boards, Government Committees and Boards/Councils of international organisations. Some of these are: Member of the President’s Climate Change and Sustainability Advisory Board of ADB; Co-Chair of the Science Advisory Group on Climate Change to the UN Secretary General; Member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All;Member of the Expert Committee to formulate India’s Energy Policy, and Member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India. She served on the sustainability advisory boards of multinational companies – The Coca Cola Company, Caterpillar Inc and Suez Environment. She also served on the Boards of Reliance Infrastructure, Torrent Pharmaceuticals, Shree Cement and Bharti Infratel.


She was a coordinating Lead Author of the 3rd IPCC Report and cross-cutting theme Anchor on “Sustainable Development” for the 4th IPCC Report. She serves on the Boards/research advisory councils of various academic institutions of international repute.


She has a PhD in Energy Economics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and has a number of publications to her credit. She was on the editorial boards of various international journals dealing with energy and environment issues.