Paul Raskin is the founding President of the Tellus Institute and founding Director of the Great Transition Initiative. He also founded the Stockholm Environment Institute-US Center in 1989 and the Global Scenario Group in 1995. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Columbia University.
His research and writing has centered on the search for pathways to a sustainable and just future. He created the LEAP and WEAP models for integrated energy and water planning that are now used in 170 and 150 countries, respectively. His PoleStar System provides a data-rich platform for integrated scenario analysis at global, regional, and national scales.
His publications include the Global Scenario Group’s Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead and the 2015 sequel, Journey to Earthland: The Great Transition to Planetary Civilization. He also was a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the UNEP Global Environment Outlook, the Earth Charter, and other international efforts.