Where are you from?
I am Indian and was raised both in India and Indonesia. I proceeded to the US for college where I also obtained my M.S. degree. Prior to Singapore, I was working in Washington, DC.
What sparked your interest in public policy?
During my time at the World Bank in Washington, I gained a deep appreciation for the profound impact that international policies and governance can have on national development strategies. I was fortunate enough to witness the energy policy discourse among the governments of various nations and realized the importance of understanding what goes behind making effective policies, especially those that aim to reconcile multiple development outcomes such as energy security and environmental conservation.
Why did you choose to pursue a PhD at LKYSPP?
With my interest in investigating renewable energy policies and practices in Asia, the LKYSPP was a natural first choice. The school’s reputation for excellence has put it among the top public policy schools of the world and so I knew that I would be receiving a world class degree set in the Asian context, which would be the perfect stepping-stone towards my ambition of becoming a specialist on renewable energy sustainability in Asia.
What do you enjoy the most about your studies or research work at LKYSPP?
So far, it has definitely been the richness of experience that all the students and faculty bring with them.
Want to share any highlights such as awards, special events, professional presentation of your work?
- World Bank Spot Award (2008)
- Recipent of DuMond Scholarship (2005) and Mario Einaudi Travel Fellowship Grant (2005) for Cornell University M.S. Thesis entitled, “Institutional Dynamics within an Ecoagricultural framework: A Study of Rubber Agroforests in Jambi, Indonesia.”
- Inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2000-2003)
What are your career goals?
As aforementioned, I would eventually like to become a regional specialist on energy sustainability in Asia, and contribute my abilities to an international development organization.