Albert van Jaarsveld became the eleventh Director General of IIASA on 1 October 2018.

As Director General and CEO, van Jaarsveld is responsible for the formulation, management, and administration of all research programs and other activities at IIASA. 

Prior to joining IIASA, van Jaarsveld was the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and President and CEO of the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). His career in research, teaching, and leadership includes academic and management positions at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch as Dean of Science, and as Adjunct Professor: Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College, USA.  

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