The foundation board is IRGC’s main strategic, oversight and decision-making organ. Board members hold honorary office on an individual basis.
Members of the IRGC Foundation Board (in alphabetical order):
Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Granger Morgan is Carnegie Mellon University and Hamerschlag Professor of Engineering and Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the H. John Heinz III College. He is Co-Director of the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making and of the Electricity Industry Center. He is founding Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the AAAS, IEEE and SRA.
His research interests are focused on policy problems in which technical and scientific issues play a central role. Methodological interests include problems in the integrated analysis of large complex systems, problems in the characterisation and treatment of uncertainty, problems in the improvement of regulation, and selected issues in risk analysis and risk communication. Application areas of current interest include global climate change, strategies for deep decarbonisation of the energy system and economy, the future and resilience of the electric power system, risk analysis including risk ranking, health and environmental impacts of energy systems, security aspects of engineered civil systems, national R&D policy, and a number of general policy, management, and human resource problems that involve science and technology.
Vice President for Research
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Andreas Mortensen obtained his engineering diploma in 1980 from the Ecole des Mines de Paris and his PhD from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1986.
He is currently Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Mechanical Metallurgy and, since January 2017, Vice President for Research at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). At EPFL he has also served as Dean for Doctoral Studies, Director of the Institute of Materials, Dean for Research and Vice Provost for Research. Prior to joining EPFL he was, from 1986 to 1996, a member of the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, holding successively the titles of ALCOA Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor.
He was also a postdoctoral researcher at Nippon Steel in 1986, and an invited Professor at the Ecole des Mines in Paris. His research focuses on the processing, microstructural development and mechanical behaviour of advanced metallic materials such as metal matrix composites and microcellular metals.
Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva
Antoine Flahault MD, PhD in biomathematics, is Professor of public health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva where he is Director of the Institute of Global Health at Campus Biotech (since January 2014). He is founding Director of the French School of Public Health (EHESP, Rennes, 2007-2012), Co-Director of the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin (Université Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité), Co-Director of the European Academic Global Health Alliance (EAGHA), and President of the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).
He has conducted research in the mathematical modelling of communicable diseases, chaired the WHO Collaborative Centre for Electronic Disease Surveillance, coordinated research on Chikungunya in the Indian Ocean and the French Caribbean Islands (Inserm Prize, 2006; was scientific curator of a large exhibition Epidemik, la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris, Rio and Sao Paulo, 2009-2013). He was elected corresponding member at the Académie Nationale de Médecine (Paris). In 2016 he chaired the World Health Summit, the M8 Alliance, and the Geneva Health Forum. He has more than 260 scientific publications referenced in Medline.
Head of High Level Risk Forum
Stephane Jacobzone is an OECD official, with responsibility for the OECD High Level Risk Forum. He has worked in several OECD areas, including regulatory and risk management, public governance, as well as health and social issues. He contributed to the establishment of the High Level Risk Forum (HLRF), as follow-up to the activities on risk launched in the context of the OECD International Futures Programme. In that capacity, he oversaw the preparation of the G20 methodological framework on risk assessment and financing, as well as various activities on strategic crisis management, risk and crisis communication. Mr Jacobzone recently coordinated a report on achieving public sector agility at times of fiscal consolidation. He also coordinates the OECD Public Governance Committee. He led multidisciplinary regulatory reform reviews in Australia, Mexico, Brazil, France, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. In prior assignments, Mr Jacobzone supported the launch of the OECD health project, including assessing the economic implications of ageing and the diffusion of new health technologies for public finances and health systems as well as the regulation of pharmaceuticals. An alumnus of the Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE, France, and Research Fellow at CREST-INSEE, Mr Jacobzone also taught at the French Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Ecole Nationale d’Administration and ENSAE, and participated in the US National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Academic Director IRGC@EPFL
Bruno Oberle has investigated and shaped the interface between environmental policy, economic development and social balance from the perspective of the state regulator, acting as entrepreneur and also as scientist. He has dealt with both sectoral and national issues, working at the highest level of international policymaking. Oberle studied environmental science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich where he was awarded a doctorate.
From 2005 to 2015, Bruno Oberle was Director of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, an agency with an extensive portfolio ranging from environmental protection to the prevention of natural hazards, from climate policy to forestry and from air quality to the licensing of chemicals. He acted as Secretary of State for the Environment, representing Switzerland in international institutions and negotiations. He also acted as mediator, particularly for matters concerning the financing of international policies. Since 2016, Bruno Oberle has been Professor of Green Economy and Resource Governance at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
Ortwin Renn is Scientific Director at the International Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam (Germany). He also serves as Scientific Director of the non-profit company DIALOGIK, a research institute for the investigation of communication and participation processes. Renn is Adjunct Professor for Integrated Risk Analysis at Stavanger University (Norway) and Affiliate Professor for Risk Governance at Beijing Normal University. Ortwin Renn has a doctoral degree in social psychology from the University of Cologne.
His career includes teaching and research positions at Clark University (Worcester, USA), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and the Center of Technology Assessment (Stuttgart). His honours include the National Cross of Merit Order, an honorary doctorate from the ETH Zurich, an honorary professorship at the Technical University Munich and the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA).
Ortwin Renn has published more than 30 monographs and over 150 peer-reviewed articles. His most prominent publication is the book Risk Governance. Coping with Uncertainty in a Complex World (London: Earthscan 2008).