Ürge-Vorsatz is a professor and Ph.D. program director at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. She presently holds an International Policy Fellowship at the Center for Policy Studies. After obtaining an M.S. in physics from Eotvos University of Sciences, Budapest, she earned a Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and Berkeley and was a Fulbright Scholar from 1993 to 1996 at the University of California, Berkeley. After four years of research and dissertation writing at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Ürge-Vorsatz returned to Europe and has been devoting her research, publication and teaching activities to the promotion of sustainable energy policy for the Central and Eastern European region for almost a decade. She has worked on and directed several international research projects for organizations including the European Union, the European Parliament, the GEF, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank. In addition, she has served as a consultant to the Hungarian Government on environmental, energy and climate change policy design issues. Ürge-Vorsatz is a coordinating lead author for the residential and commercial mitigation chapter of the Fourth Assessment report by the IPCC. She has authored over 60 publications and has been serving on several international advisory and governing bodies, including the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE), Hungarian Energy Efficiency Cofinancing Program, CLASP (Collaborative Appliance Labelling and Standards Programme), and the IPCC.