Ottmar Edenhofer is a 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 provided the scientific basis for the Paris Agreement.
Edenhofer advises the German government and the World Bank, among others. In March of this year, the EU appointed him, along with 14 other experts, to the European Environment Agency's Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change. He is also a member of numerous national and international committees. The FAZ has repeatedly ranked Edenhofer among Germany's 15 most influential economists. He is among the 1% of the world's best-known scientists based on his significant publications in scientific journals.
In 2020, the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) awarded him the prestigious German Environmental Award for his scientific work.