Ambuj Sagar, the Vipula and Mahesh Chaturvedi Professor of Policy Studies, is the founding Head of the School of Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Ambuj’s interests broadly lie at the intersection of science, technology and development. His recent work has focused on innovation policy for meeting sustainability and inclusivity challenges, energy innovation policy and strategies (in areas such as biofuels, clean cookstoves, coal power, automobiles, and institutional mechanisms such as climate innovation centers), climate change policy and politics, capacity development, and higher education policy.
He is a Board member of the Indo-US S&T Forum and a member of the Indo-German Expert Group on a Green and Inclusive Economy. He also was a Board member of the US-India Educational Foundation (2011-15), member of the US-India Track II Dialog on Climate and Energy (2010-15) and member of the Indian Planning Commission’s Expert Committee on a Low-Carbon Strategy for Inclusive Growth (2009-11). He also has been consultant/advisor to various Indian Govt. ministries as well as many multilateral and bilateral agencies.
Ambuj did his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi. He subsequently received an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and then an M.S. in Materials Science, a Ph.D. in Polymer Science, and an M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Assistant Dean for Strategic Planning at the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences before joining IIT Delhi’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Delhi.