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Abhishek Jain

Abhishek Jain

Fellow & Director - Powering Livelihoods

Abhishek built and leads The Council’s practices on energy access, rural livelihoods, and sustainable food systems. He is directing 'Powering Livelihoods', a $3 million initiative to transform India's rural economy with clean energy solutions. He co-conceptualised and leads CEEW’s flagship research effort, Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity – Survey of States (ACCESS), the largest panel survey on multidimensional energy access in India. In over nine years of experience, Abhishek has focused on various issues including decentralised renewable energy, energy access, LPG for cooking, fossil fuel subsidies, power sector, rural livelihoods, and sustainable agriculture.

Abhishek has published in leading international journals including Nature Energy and has written book chapters for Springer and other publishers. He regularly writes in leading national dailies and advises senior government officials.

He is a Chevening Fellow and an alumnus of the University of Cambridge and IIT Roorkee. Before moving into public policy, Abhishek worked with Nestlé India to reduce its environmental footprint.

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  • What I believe in


    Life is what happens to you, when you are busy planning other things.




    What Others say


    I believe Abhishek is the perfect public policy professional. He is a potent mix of intelligence, empathy, sincerity, creativity, and a can-do spirit. His unrelenting drive and vision make both, CEEW and the planet better.


    Mihir Shah

    Strategic Communications Lead