Speaker 2015 Annual Meeting


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

Arunabha Ghosh is CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), an independent, policy research institution in India. Arunabha conceptualised and has led CEEW (,since its founding in August 2010, to the top-ranked climate think-tank in India for the last two years in a row. CEEW has been ranked best in India (and South Asia) in several categories two years running in the Global Go To Think Tank Index. With experience in 35 countries and having worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP and WTO, Arunabha advises governments, industry and civil society around the world on: energy and resources security; renewable energy; water governance; climate governance; energy-trade-climate linkages; and international regime design. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader, and fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He is also a founding board member of the the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN).He writes a monthly column, Inflexion Points, in the Business Standard.
Dr Ghosh is member of Track II dialogues with the United States (co-chair of the taskforce on economic relations for the Aspen Strategy Dialogue), Bhutan, Israel, Pakistan and Singapore. He formulated the Maharashtra-Guangdong Partnership on Sustainability. Dr Ghosh is associated with Oxford’s Global Economic Governance Programme and Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise &the Environment. He was Global Leaders Fellow at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and at Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations. He was Policy Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (New York) and worked at the World Trade Organization (Geneva). He is on the Board of the International Centre for Trade &Sustainable Development.
Arunabha’s publications include: Materials, Markets, Multilateralism; Three Mantras for India’s Resource Security;Understanding Complexity, Anticipating Change (India’s first report on global governance, submitted to the National Security Adviser); National Water Resources Framework Study (for India’s 12th Five Year Plan); Strategic Industries and Emerging Technologies (for the National Security Advisory Board);Laying the Foundation of a Bright Future (first evaluation of India’s solar mission);Making the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit Count;India’s Resource Nexus (also for NSAB);Governing Clean Energy Subsidies; RE+: Renewables Beyond Electricity; Urban Water and Sanitation in India; Institutional Reforms for Improved Service Delivery in Bihar (on irrigation); Harnessing the Power Shift (on climate finance); International Cooperation and the Governance of Geoengineering (for the IPCC); Collective Action for Water Security and Sustainability;and three UNDP Human Development Reports. He has also led research on trade, intellectual property, financial crises, development assistance, indigenous people, extremism and conflict.
Dr Ghosh has presented to heads of state, India’s Parliament, the European Parliament, Brazil’s Senate, and other legislatures; trained ministers in Central Asia; and hosted a documentary on water set out of Africa. His op-eds have appeared in the Times of India, The Hindu, India Today, Indian Express,Financial Express, Mint, Seminar, and Tehelka. He has delivered public lectures in several countries, and commented on All India Radio, ABC (Australia), BBC, CNN-IBN, NDTV (India) and Voice of America, among other broadcasters.
Arunabha has been consulted by the Asian Development Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat (London), DFID (UK), IDRC (Canada), International Energy Agency, International Finance Corporation, IPCC, Oxfam International, Transparency International, UK Ministry of Justice, USAID, and the World Bank. He co-chaired the international governance working group for the UK Royal Society’s Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative. He has been an Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.
Arunabha holds a doctorate and M.Phil. in international relations from Oxford (Clarendon Scholar and 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 University.