Dr Arunabha Ghosh is a public policy professional, adviser, author, columnist, and institution builder. He is the founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), consistently ranked (four years running) as one of South Asia's leading policy research institutions; and among the world’s 20 best climate think-tanks in 2016. With experience in 41 countries, he 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/editor of four books and dozens of research papers and reports. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, appointed to WEF’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 led CEEW into a leading think-tank soon after its founding in August 2010. He has been actively involved in the design of the International Solar Alliance since inception. He conceptualised and is a founding board member of the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN), an industry body for hundreds of decentralised energy entrepreneurs. He is board member of the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development, Geneva.
Dr Ghosh has advised India’s Prime Minister’s Office, several ministries, state governments and international organisations on a range of subjects. He was invited by the Government of France as a Personnalité d’Avenir to advise on the COP21 climate negotiations. He also advised on HFC negotiations under the Montreal Protocol. He is a member of Track II dialogues with seven countries; and formulated the Maharashtra-Guangdong Partnership on Sustainability. He serves on the Executive Committee of the India-U.S. PACEsetter Fund. He has presented to heads of state and legislatures across the world on varied topics including global governance, international relations and human development, climate, energy, natural resources and water, trade and intellectual property, development assistance, conflict and extremism.
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 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, hosted a documentary on water in Africa, and featured in a National Geographic documentary on energy.
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.