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Kirit S. Parikh

Chairman, Integrated Research and Action for Development

Kirit S. Parikh

Residency Dates: Oct. 9-13, 2023

Public Talk

Indian Climate Policy and the Future of Global Climate Collaboration
Oct. 11, 2023 | Video
Gain valuable insights into the pivotal role India plays in the global fight against climate change and how this harmonious collaboration is paving the way for a sustainable and brighter future. Our expert panel on the topic included Jyoti Parikh and Kirit S. Parikh, two of the Peter F. Cowhey Center on Global Transformation (CCGT) Global Leadership Fellows, along with faculty panelists Joshua Graff Zivin and Achyuta Adhvaryu (moderator).


Kirit S. Parikh is the chairman of Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe), a nonprofit think tank that works on policies in the areas of energy, climate change, urban issues, agriculture  and poverty.  He was honored with Padma Bushan, the third-highest civilian award, by the president of India in March 2009 and was a recipient of the Nobel Prize awarded to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) authors in 2007.

Parikh has held many roles in the Indian government as a member of the Economic Advisory Councils, National Committee for Environmental Planning and Coordination and National Committee on Science and Technology. He was the principal architect of India’s official integrated energy policy and also the expert group report on low-carbon strategy for inclusive growth.

Parikh holds a doctorate in civil engineering and a master's in economics from MIT. He has authored, coauthored and edited 30 books in the areas of planning, poverty and development, food and agriculture policies, general equilibrium modeling, trade policy, energy modeling and planning, energy policy, energy economics, climate change, inclusive growth and strategies for low carbon development.