Arunabha Ghosh

Chief Executive Officer, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

DR ARUNABHA GHOSH 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; and among the world’s 20 best climate think-tanks in 2016. With work experience in 38 countries and having previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York) and WTO (Geneva), Arunabha advises governments, industry, civil society and international organisations around the world. He is the co-author or co-editor of four books and dozens of research papers and reports. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and in 2016 was appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Energy. He is an Asia Society 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 decentralised energy solutions. He has advised the Prime Minister’s Office, several ministries, state governments and international organisations on a range of subjects. He has presented to heads of state and legislatures across the world; is a member of Track II dialogues with seven countries; and formulated the Maharashtra-Guangdong Partnership on Sustainability. 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 ten most influential essays. Widely published, he is most recently co-author of Energizing India: Towards a Resilient and Equitable Energy System (SAGE, 2016); Human Development and Global Institutions: Evolution, impact, reform (Routledge, 2016); and Climate Change: A Risk Assessment (FCO, 2015). He is also the co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy (2016). He has been a co-author of three UNDP Human Development Reports, including the pathbreaking Beyond Scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis (2006). 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 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.