Karnamadakala Rahul Sharma
K Rahul Sharma, a native of India, obtained his BEngg (Electrical Engineering) from R V College of Engineering (Bangalore) where he received the Best Project Award, and MTech (Renewable Energy Engineering and Management) from The Energy and Resources Institute University (New Delhi). He was awarded a Postgraduate Fellowship to the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University in 2011.
Rahul has worked extensively on decentralized energy systems in India and Kenya, with various NGOs and with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), where he was awarded the Roll of Honour for exceptional service. At TERI, Rahul was the Area Convenor of the Centre for Distributed Generation, leading a 12-member team working on solar lighting, mini-grids and energy-development action-research projects. He worked at the Centre for Policy Research (ranked highest among Indian climate think tanks by ICCG in 2014) on analysis of energy-climate models and policies and assisted in drafting a Renewable Energy Act for India in 2015. Rahul has expertise in non-profit sector project management, interdisciplinary research and implementation. He has also been actively involved in the social movement space, with a specific focus on gender and sexuality rights.
Pre-PhD, Rahul has authored 3 book chapters, several peer reviewed articles/conference papers, and public opinion pieces. For his PhD, Rahul is interested in examining the process of policy formulation when informed by multiple objectives and interdisciplinary methods; and the role of decentralization in effectively delivering energy and energy-linked-development services.
Some of Rahul's research is available here:
In The Media
A commentary by professor Anu Ramaswami and PhD candidate Rahul Sharma, on how smart technologies can improve the lives of urban residents, was featured in this article on Mint, one of India's premium business news publications.