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Radhika is a Manager with the Climate-Aligned Industries team and Director of RMI’s Center for Climate-Aligned Industries. Radhika has extensive experience in finance, strategy, project management, international development, and policy.
Most recently, Radhika was managing a global coalition of over 30 leading organizations to spur innovation in the air conditioning industry through the Global Cooling Prize—a competition awarding up to $3 million to innovators who develop a Room AC (RAC) technology that has 5X less impact that a typical RAC in the market today. Such a technology when scaled has the potential to mitigate up to 0.5 degree in global warming by 2100. Radhika was responsible for instituting the prize and led the overall prize design, governance and communications strategy. At RMI, Radhika previously led the “Finance the Future” initiative which looks to scale clean energy and energy-efficiency financing within the U.S. residential sector. She has also worked within the Buildings program at RMI on projects with the U.S. Department of Energy to promote deep energy efficiency retrofits in federal buildings using Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) arrangements as well as led the financial and business model analysis for a proposed retrofit requirement scenario for commercial and residential buildings at the point of sale for a major city in the U.S.
Prior to joining RMI, Radhika worked as a sustainability strategy consultant to over thirty Fortune 500 corporations in India and has successfully engaged businesses to catapult solutions for sustainable development.
Radhika has a Master’s in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, as well as MBA in Finance and engineering bachelor’s from leading institutions in India.
MA, International Policy Studies, Stanford University
MA, Business Administration, TERI University
EDF Climate Corps Fellow, 2015