Elena Rovenskaya is the Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) Program Director at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. She is also a research scholar at the Optimal Control Department of the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. Her scientific interests lie in the fields of optimization, decision science, and mathematical modeling of complex socio-environmental systems. Rovenskaya authored and co-authored more than 40 publications in reputable academic peer-reviewed journals including Nature Communications, Nature Plants, Scientific Reports, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Sustainability, Ecological Economics, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Ecological Modelling, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, and Journal of Risk Research.
Rovenskaya graduated in 2003 from the Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. She received her PhD in 2006 at the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. In different capacities Rovenskaya has been working at IIASA since 2006. She was appointed a newly created ASA Program Director from January 2021. Currently, this Program includes 85+ scientists and aims to identify, develop, and deploy new systems-analytical methods, tools, and data to help address the most pressing global sustainability challenges with greater agility.