Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer

Ottmar Edenhofer is professor at the Technical University of Berlin and is considered one of the world's leading experts on the economics of climate change. He is director and chief economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and founding director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) as well as a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering acatech and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

From 2008 to 2015, Edenhofer was one of the co-chairs of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In this capacity, he chaired the Fifth Assessment Cycle and co-edited the reports "Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change" and "Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation". The Fifth Assessment Report formed the scientific basis for the Paris Agreement.

Edenhofer advises Chancellor Merkel, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, German President Frank-Walther Steinmeier and the World Bank, among others. He is also a member of numerous national and international committees. The FAZ repeatedly ranked Edenhofer among the 15 most influential economists in Germany. He is among the 1% of the world's best-known scientists due to his significant publications in scientific journals.

In 2020, the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) awarded him the prestigious German Environmental Prize for his scientific work. This year, Edenhofer will receive the Arthur Burkhardt Prize.

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