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Arunabha Ghosh PhD, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

Arunabha Ghosh, PhD, has been CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) since its founding in August 2010. CEEW has been consistently ranked (third year running) as South Asia’s leading policy research institution across several categories. With work experience in 37 countries and having previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York) and WTO (Geneva), co-author of four books and dozens of research papers and reports, Arunabha advises governments, industry, civil society and international organizations around the world. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leader, and fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Dr Ghosh was invited by the Government of France as a Personnalité d’Avenir to advise on the COP21 climate negotiations. He has been actively involved, since inception, in developing the strategy for and supporting activities related to the International Solar Alliance, which was launched by the governments of India and France in November 2015. He serves on the Executive Committee of the India-U.S. PACEsetter Fund, which invests in promising decentralized energy solutions. He has presented to heads of state and legislatures across the world; and is a member of Track II dialogues with seven countries.

Arunabha’s co-authored essay “Rethink India’s energy strategy” in Nature, the world’s most cited scientific journal, was selected as one of 2015’s 10 most influential essays. Widely published, he is most recently a co-author of Climate Change: A Risk Assessment (2015) and Human Development and Global Institutions (Routledge, 2016). Another forthcoming book is The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy (2016). He has been an author of three UNDP Human Development Reports. He writes a monthly column in the Business Standard, and has hosted a documentary on water in Africa and one on energy in India.

Dr Ghosh is a founding board member of the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) and is a board member of the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development, Geneva. He holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford (Clarendon Scholar; Marvin Bower Scholar), an M.A. (First Class) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Balliol College, Oxford; Radhakrishnan Scholar); and topped Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.