- Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary
- Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Szent István University, Gödöllő, Hungary
- MSc. Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary
Zoltán Illés joins SPEA as a visiting scholar from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where he is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. Previously, he has served as Hungary’s State Minister of Environmental Protection, Nature Conservation and Water Management; an advisor on Central European environmental issues at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.; Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director of the Hungarian Institute for Environmental Management; Senior Advisor to the Ambassador of the European Union in Hungary on environmental protection; and was the former Deputy Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Hungary.
Illés was a member of Hungarian Parliament for 12 years. During that time he was chairman of the Committee on Environmental Protection in Hungarian Parliament for four years. He was also the chairman of the committee of 28 environmental ministers during the Hungarian presidency of the European Union.
He was a Fulbright Scholar and Humphrey Fellow and earned a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and an MSc. in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Budapest as well as a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Szent István University in Gödöllő, Hungary. He was also a post-doctor associate at Yale.