Director Research, GCEEP; Visiting Professor
MIT, Professor Comillas University, Spain and Florence School of Regulation, Italy
Ignacio J. Pérez-Arriaga is a professor of electrical engineering at UPC, and founded its Institute for Research in Technology, which he served as director for 11 years. He is a permanent visiting professor at MIT (2008-present) in the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR), and serves as director of energy training at the Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, and is a member of the Spanish National Academy of Engineering and a Life Fellow of the IEEE.
He served for five years as commissioner at the Spanish Electricity Regulatory Commission, and was the independent member of the Single Electricity Market Committee of Ireland from 2007 to 2012. He also served as a member of the Board of Appeal of the Agency for the Coordination of Energy Regulators (ACER) in the EU. He has been a consultant for government agencies and utilities in more than 30 countries. He was a review editor of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Prof. Pérez-Arriaga received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT, and the electrical engineering degree from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (UPC) in Madrid, Spain.