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The Council on Energy, Environment and Water is one of South Asia’s leading not-for-profit policy research institutions. CEEW uses data, integrated analysis, and outreach to explain – and change – the use, reuse, and misuse of resources.

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  • Integrated

    Be it of disciplines, cultures, teams, or points of view - synergies and respect drive our research, outreach and behaviour.

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    Focus on understanding global challenges and implications for India's development. All research outputs internationally relevant.

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    Funding and findings are mutually exclusive. Non-partisan. Editorial independence is sacred.

A Gathering of Minds

  • Jamshyd N. Godrej

    Mr Jamshyd N. Godrej is the Chairman of the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA.

    Mr Godrej is the former Chairman of Aspen Institute India (now known as Ananta Aspen Centre), Chairman & Trustee of Ananta Centre. He is the President of World Wide Fund for Nature - India. He is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and Chairman of India Resources Trust. He is a Director of World Resources Institute, USA and Director of Global Footprint Network, USA. He is also a Trustee of the Asia Society, USA. He is a member of the Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Committee. He is the Past President of Confederation of Indian Industry and also the Past President of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association.

    Mr Godrej is the Chairman of the CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre. The Centre is housed in a LEED Platinum demonstration building which is the first green building in India and the greenest building in the world at the time when it was rated. The Green Business Centre is a Centre of Excellence for green buildings, energy efficiency, energy conservation, non-conventional energy sources, water policy, water conservation, etc.

    Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. manufactures and markets refrigerators; washing machines; air conditioners; office furniture; home furniture; security equipment for banks (such as safes, strong room doors, bank lockers, etc.) and for commercial establishments and homes; locks and latches, forklift trucks and warehousing equipment; process equipment for chemical, petrochemical, refineries and allied industries; precision tools for sheet metal, zinc, aluminium; real estate development.

    The Godrej group are leaders in home appliances, consumer durables, office equipment, industrial products, consumer products and services.

    Mr Godrej is an ardent yachting enthusiast and has done extensive cruising along the west coast of India, the Baltic and North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea. The President of India conferred on Mr Godrej the Padma Bhushan on 3rd April 2003.

  • Tarun Das

    Mr Tarun Das is currently the Founding Trustee of Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW). Mr Das has spent his entire working career in industry associations, starting in November 1963 with the predecessor body of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and was the Director General and Chief Executive of CII from April 1967 to May 2004 and Chief Mentor from June 2004 to October 2009.

    Strategic Dialogues

    He is Co-Chair of the Indo–US Strategic Dialogue (Track II) and of Indo-US-Japan Strategic Dialogue (Track II). He is also a member of the India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue (Track II) and the India-China Strategic Dialogue (Track II).


    He is a Lifetime Trustee of The Aspen Institute, USA; Member, Board of Governors, East West Centre, USA; Member, International Council, The Asia Society, USA; President, Aspen Institute India; Managing Trustee, Indian Business Trust for HIV/AIDS; Vice President, World Wide Fund- India; Member of the Board of GIVE India Foundation; Member, Board of Trustees, Public Interest Foundation; Member, Board of Governors, National Council of Applied Economic Research.


    He is a member of the Advisory Group for G-20, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He is also a member of the Expert Group set up by the Planning Commission on Government-Industry Consultations and member of the Expert Group to formulate a jobs plan for the State of J&K. Earlier, he chaired the Planning Commission Task Force on Skills Development. He is also a member of the Council of IITs.


    He is non-executive Chairman, Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd; Member of the Board of Directors of West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) and of John Keells Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka. He was a member of the Government-nominated Board of Satyam Computers in 2009. He is also on the International Advisory Board of ACE Insurance, USA; Member, India Advisory Board of VOITH (Germany); JCB (UK).


    He is an Honours Graduate in Economics and Commerce from Calcutta University, India and Manchester University, UK. He has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctorate in Science by the University of Warwick, UK and has been conferred an Honorary CBE by Her Majesty the Queen for his contribution to Indo-British relations. He has also been conferred the 2004 Singapore National Award (Public Service Medal) by the Singapore Government for his contribution to strengthening economic ties between India and Singapore. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2006, one of the highest Civilian Awards, for his contribution in the field of Trade and Industry, by the President of India.

  • Gautam Thapar

    Mr Gautam Thapar is Chairman & CEO of India's foremost diversified corporation, the Avantha Group.

    The Group has business interests in diverse areas, including pulp and paper, power transmission and distribution equipment and services, food processing, farm forestry, chemicals, energy, infrastructure, information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services.

  • Anil Kakodkar

    Dr Anil Kakodkar joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in 1964, following the one year post graduate training with top rank in Nuclear Science and Technology in the then Atomic Energy Establishment. He became the Director of BARC in the year 1996 and was the Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy, during the years 2000 -2009. Currently he is DAE Homi Bhabha Chair Professor at BARC.

    Kakodkar has worked for the development of the atomic energy programme in India throughout his professional life. Undeterred by the restrictions imposed by the international community, he succeeded in developing various systems for the pressurized heavy water reactor, in building the Dhruva reactor starting from the conceptual stage, in rehabilitation of Madras Atomic Power Station Units 1&2 both of which at one stage appeared to be on the verge of being written off following failure of the moderator inlet manifolds, in conceptualization and development of Advanced Heavy Water Reactor that realizes the next generation objectives through innovative configuration of present day technologies besides use of thorium.

    Kakodkar has been a key contributor to India’s strategic programme. He was among the chosen few involved in the first successful Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Experiment that India conducted on May 18, 1974 at Pokhran. And later, he played a key role in the series of successful Nuclear Tests conducted during May 1998, again at Pokhran. India also demonstrated nuclear submarine powerpack technology under Kakodkar’s leadership.

    Kakodkar’s sterling leadership led to a significant boost to India’s nuclear power programme notwithstanding the uranium supply constraints. As a result and with the completion of projects already underway, India’s nuclear generation capacity is set to reach 10,000 MWe as well as poised for a rapid scale up thereafter. The comprehensive and robust programme under Kakodkar’s leadership has earned India a distinctive status as a country with advanced nuclear technology.

    Notable also are his innovative contributions to human resource development activities. Establishment of NISER (National Institute of Science Education and Research), DAE-Mumbai University CBS (Centre for Basic Sciences) and HBNI (Homi Bhabha National Institute) are expected to result in a fresh wave of human resource development, generating greater experimental capabilities and bringing in linkage between basic research and technology development for the acceleration of India’s multifaceted atomic energy programme.

    A committee under his Chairmanship has worked out a detailed report for greater autonomy of IITs and taking them to world class level. He also chairs an empowered committee to take the process forward. He also led a committee set up by Government of Maharashtra to look at higher education in the State. The committee has made important recommendations that could lead to a paradigm change for improvement of higher education in the State. Another high-level committee under his Chairmanship has made comprehensive recommendations for improvement of safety on Indian Railway.

    Notable also are his innovative contributions to human resource development activities. Establishment of NISER (National Institute of Science Education and Research), DAE-Mumbai University CBS (Centre for Basic Sciences) and HBNI (Homi Bhabha National Institute) are expected to result in a fresh wave of human resource development, generating greater experimental capabilities and bringing in linkage between basic research and technology development for the acceleration of India’s multifaceted atomic energy programme.

  • S. Ramadorai

    Mr S. Ramadorai is currently Chairman, National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) and National Skill Development Corporation.

  • Montek Singh Ahluwalia

    Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia was the Deputy Chairman of the Indian Planning Commission, with the rank of Cabinet Minister, from July 2004 to May 2014. Mr Ahluwalia started his career in the World Bank in 1968 as a Young Professional and left the World Bank in 1979 to join the Government of India in 1979 as Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance. From 1979 to 2001, he served in the Government of India in a number of positions – Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, Commerce Secretary, Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs, Finance Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Member of the Planning Commission and Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.

    In 2001, Mr Ahluwalia was appointed the First Director of the newly created Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund. He resigned from that position in June 2004, to take up the position of Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission.

    Mr Ahluwalia earned his B.A. (Hons) degree in New Delhi and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where he earned his M.A. and M. Phil degrees from Oxford University. He was awarded an Honorary D. Phil by Oxford University in 2008. His published work includes numerous papers in professional journals and contributions to books.

    He was awarded the prestigious “Padma Vibhushan”, India’s second highest civilian honour, by the President of India in 2011 for his outstanding contribution to economic policy and public service.

    Mr Ahluwalia is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and is a Distinguished Practitioner in the Blavatnik School in Oxford University. He was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Stern School of Business, New York University in 2015. He is currently on the Board of the Public Health Foundation of India.

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Tracing our Journey

  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
Jan For the sixth year in a row, CEEW ranked as South Asia's Top Think Tank with an annual operating budget of less than USD 5 million. The Council also ranked as South Asia's Top Energy and Resource Policy Think Tank
July The CEEW Centre for Energy Finance was jointly launched by Union Minister H.E. Dharmendra Pradhan and Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency at The Council's annual flagship conference Energy Horizons.
Jan CEEW featured in nine categories of ‘Global Go To Think Tank Index’ for third consecutive year
Jan Andhra Pradesh's Chief Minister released our study on Zero Budget Natural Farming
June Launched 'Women in Sustainability' on World Environment Day
Aug Released a first-of-its-kind independent evaluation on the role of electricity access on health outcomes in rural Chhattisgarh
March Railways Minister released ‘Energising India: Towards a Resilient and Equitable Energy System’
Oct Supported the successful and historic conclusion of many years of negotiations to phase down HFCs
Sep Minister of Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy released ACCESS Report, based on India’s largest energy access survey
Dec Showcased climate leadership during COP21 climate negotiations in Paris
March Hosted Dr. Ernest Moniz, US Energy Secretary, for a dialogue on Scaling Decentralised Clean Energy in India
June CEEW ranked number one climate think- tank in India for second consecutive year by ICCG
March Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, CEEW, nominated Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum
Nov Published report on urban water and sanitation in India
May Published the first independent assessment of India's National Solar Mission
Aug National Security Adviser of India delivered the keynote lecture at CEEW's Second Anniversary
Sep Published a 584-page National Water Resources Framework Study for India’s 12th Five Year Plan
Dec Submitted the first-ever report on India and Global Governance to National Security Advisor at PM's Office
Jan Idea for a think-tank to integrate energy, water and environment conceived
Oct Conceptualised and enabled the Maharashtra-Guangdong partnership on sustainability
  • Year-in-Review

  • FAQs

    What was the idea behind conceiving CEEW?

    The founding board envisioned CEEW as an India-based, globally engaged policy research organisation which would analyse and advise on critical questions on energy, environment and water, not as disparate issues but as inter-connected concerns. These concerns had local impacts, as well as global ramifications. The Council was founded in 2010 to also serve as a platform for people with different skills to come together, pursue their interests and build careers in public policy.

    More FAQs here.

  • Funding

    The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit policy research institution, devoted to research on all matters affecting the use, reuse, and misuse of resources. We maintain our independence through a diversity of funding sources such as donations and grants from private and philanthropic foundations, multilateral organisations, government grants, corporations, and public institutions.

    Learn more about our donors, funding sources, and FCRA fund receipts here.