Founding Head, School of Public Policy; Vipula and Mahesh Chaturvedi Professor of Policy Studies

Ambuj is the Deputy Director (Strategy & Planning) and the Vipula and Mahesh Chaturvedi Professor of Policy Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.  He previously was the founding Head of the School of Public Policy. 

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.

Ambuj has been on numerous national and international expert groups and also has been consultant/advisor to various Indian Govt. agencies as well as many multilateral and bilateral agencies.  He was a Lead Author in WGIII of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report and currently is a member of the Independent Group of Scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General to prepare the Global Sustainable Development Report 2023 and a member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (which is the group that sets the hands of the Doomsday Clock).

He was a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Assistant Dean for Strategic Planning at the (now) Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences before joining IIT Delhi.


BTech Mechanical Engineering (IIT Delhi); M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (University of Michigan); M.S. in Materials Science, Ph.D. in Polymer Science, M.S. in Technology and Policy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Research Interests:

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy; Energy Innovation Policy; STI and Sustainable Development; Climate Policy; Higher Education Policy


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