Abhishek Jain is a Senior Programme Lead at the Council on Energy, Environment & Water. He leads the council’s research and work in the area of ‘energy access’. His research focuses on energy access for consumptive, community, and productive applications, fossil fuel subsidies reform, and circular economy. He is keenly looking at avenues and use of ICT and big data for public policy.
With close to six years of professional experience, Abhishek has worked on multiple issues at the confluence of energy, economics, environment and sustainable development. Most recently, he has co-led the largest energy access survey in India. He also conducted the first independent evaluation of the world’s largest direct benefit transfer scheme. He has researched and published in the areas of energy access, clean cooking energy, rationalisation of LPG and kerosene subsidies, deployment strategies for solar pumps, and electricity sector reforms for India, to name a few. He regularly presents at various national and international forums, and writes in leading national dailies.
In his previous avatar, Abhishek has worked as an energy and environmental engineer with Nestle India. He holds an MPhil in Sustainable Development from University of Cambridge and an engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. Abhishek is a recipient of Chevening Scholarship from British government, and is an honorary scholar of Cambridge Commonwealth Trust.