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Dr. R.K. Pachauri is a global personality in the area of energy and climate change, He is currently appointed as the Energy Commission Chair of Energy Economics at the Institute of Energy Policy and Research (IEPRe) in UNITEN.

Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri assumed his current responsibilities as the Chief Executive of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi in 1982, first as Director and since April 2001 as Director General, and Chancellor of TERI University. He also served as the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002.

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IPCC along with former Vice President Al Gore has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2007. He has been appointed as Director of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute from July 2009. He has been very active in several international forums dealing with the subject of climate change and its policy dimensions.

To acknowledge his immense contributions to the field of environment, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India in January 2001. He was also bestowed the Officier De La Legion D Honneur by the Government of France in 2006, He was recently conferred with the Padma Vibhushan, second highest civilian award for his services in the field of science and engineering in January 2008 by the President of India.

Dr. Pachauri has also been associated with academic and research institutes. He taught at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, USA as a McCluskey Fellow. He has also authored at least 25 books and infinite papers and articles.



The 11th March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami had caused vast destruction to the environment, human life and ongoing threat of radioactive emission from the affected Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. The incident at Fukushima raises question on its impact to energy planning and climate change.

Energy and Climate Change

Fossil Fuels such as coal and gas provide most of the energy needs o​f the world today. However, due to their damaging effects on the environment, alternative sources of renewable energy are developed that includes nuclear power as an option.

The Fukushima incident has brought to light on the safety aspect of using nuclear power as an alternative source of energy.


2008: Performance, Leadership and Managing Risk by Mr. James Crown

A presentation on Performance, Leadership and Managing Risk by Mr. James Crown, Chief Executive Officer, Knowledge Group Consulting Sdn. Bhd. at Universiti Tenaga Nasional on 13 June 2008. 

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2009: TNB Nuclear Energy Initiatives, Nuclear Reactor Technology and Fuel Cycle

UNITEN ImechE Student Chapter recently organised a talk on TNB Nuclear Energy Initivatives, Nuclear Reactor Technology and Fuel Cycle. The talk was delivered by Dr. Mohd Zam zam bin Jaafar, Head of Nuclear Energy Taskforce, Tenaga Nasional Berhad. In his talk, Dr Zamzam gave an insight on the latest activities of TNB’s Nuclear Unit in getting the government consensus to make nuclear energy a valid option for generating electricity. In additon, he also stressed on some pertinent issues related to nuclear fuel cycle.

Biodata of Dr Zam Zam bin Jaafar

Dr. Mohd Zamzam Bin Jaafar is currently the Head of Nuclear Energy Taskforce, Tenaga Nasional Berhad. He is also an adjunct Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering UNITEN. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director for Malaysia Transformer Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd. (a subsidiary company of Tenaga Nasional Berhad) where he served for more than three years. Dr Zamzam is no stranger to UNITEN. Before joining MTM, he was holding the post of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Management) for UNITEN.

Dr Zamzam was also the Chief Executive Officer of Pusat Tenaga Malaysia (MALAYSIA ENERGY CENTRE), a not-for-profit company, administered by the Ministry of Energy, Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia from 1 July 1998 until end-March 2002. He served Tenaga Nasional Berhad (formerly National Electricity Board) since 1st Sept 1976 in power station operation, development planning, R&D and corporate planning & business development. Dr Zamzam holds a BSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from Queen Mary (and Westfield) College, London University.

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