Friday, 1 January 2010

North vs Pachauri

Now, if I was recruiting someone to be the head of my UN's Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, I'd want someone who really knew their stuff, someone who was signed up to all the mailing lists, Facebook groups, international institutes, organisations and companies. Dr Richard North of EUReferendum would have you think that these are vested interests and that Dr Pachauri is lining his pockets on the back of all this climate change stuff.

The good Dr North makes a compelling case, listing thirty or forty organisations that Dr Pachauri holds positions in that funnel money into his various TERA-branded business/charities. Including but not limited to:-
  • Director and Head of Tata Energy Research Institute
  • Director General TERI
  • Strategic Advisor to Pegasus Capital Advisors LP
  • Member Senior Advisory Board of Siderian Ventures
  • Board member of the Nordic bank Glitnir
  • Chairman of Indochina Sustainable Infrastructure Fund
  • Board member of the Credit Suisse Research Institute
  • Member of the Advisory Group for the Rockefeller Foundatio, USA
  • Member of the board International Risk Governance Council, Geneva
  • Chairman of Advisory Group at the Asian Development Bank
  • Member of the Policy Advisory Panel for SNCF
  • President of the Asian Energy Institute
  • Director to GloriOil Limited
  • Scientific Advisor
  • Chairman of IPCC
  • Far East Oil Price Advisory Board
  • Member of International Advisory Board of Toyota Motors
  • Member of the Climate Change Advisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG
  • Chairman International Association for Energy Economics
  • Independent Director of National Thermal Power Corp
  • Part-time Directory of National Thermal Power Corp
  • Director of Indian Oil Corporation
  • Director of Gail India Ltd
  • Member of National Environmental Council, Government of India
  • Member of International Solar Energy Society
  • Member of World Resources Institute
  • Member of the World Energy Council
  • Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India
  • Member of the Oil Industry Restructuring Group, for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India
  • Director of Consulting and Applied Research Division at the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad
  • Visiting Professor, Resource Economics at the College of Mineral and Energy Resources, West Virginia University
  • Visiting Research Fellow at The World Bank, Washington, DC
  • McCluskey Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
  • Board chairman Climate-Risk centre, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
So, SPECTRE TERI-Europe has 27 Albert Grove, in Merton, South London listed as its UK office. Dr North sites this as being jointly owned by Dr Pachauri and Dr Rita Kumar and also the home of Dr Kumar and a gentleman known as Nicholas Robins.

I happened to be just passing the suburb of Merton in South London earlier today and thought it would be a bit crazy and stalkerish if I went to have a look at this 27 Albert Grove address that Dr Pachauri and Dr Kumar have as their UK offices, and I've got to say, it looked a bit pokey. Maybe there's some kind of secret underground villainous headquarters and the address above is just a cover.


  1. you could probably have achieved the same revelation with GoogleStreetView...

  2. actually, scratch that - the car didn't make it down that street...

  3. Good heavens, that's really posh now, how dare the Indians live over there?