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Sunil Mani

Sunil Mani

Programme Lead

Sunil is an analyst with an inclination for data and numbers. He holds a deep interest in studying the energy access and efficiency issues, and the social and economic effect of policies that target this intervention.

In the past four years, Sunil’s work at The Council has centred around collecting and using primary data to understand and improve the energy access situation at the household and community level in India. His latest research—India Residential Energy Survey (IRES) 2020—is the largest pan-India survey on energy access and consumption patterns in Indian homes. IRES2020 surveys nearly 15,000 households spread across 21 largest states of India, that together account for 97 per cent of the Indian population.

He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Shiv Nadar University (SNU). During his postgraduate studies, he worked on academic projects related to infant mortality, child health, maternal health, family planning and caste discrimination in India.

An unfortunate city-dweller, Sunil takes any chance he gets to escape to the mountains. He loves to trek in the Himalayas and has covered Dayara Bugyal (12000 ft.), Sahastratal (16000 ft.), Tapovan (14000 ft.) and Sunderdhunga Glacier (14000 ft.).

  • 1movie a week
  • 4trips a year
  • 10,000steps a day
  • What I believe in


    Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.


    T. S. Eliot

    What Others say


    Sunil's passion for data and his sincerity to interpret it with utmost honesty is motivating. He has all the patience in the world to help one navigate through the concepts of econometrics and simplify them for anyone to understand. What few people know of Sunil is his ability to hold very engaging conversations, and not just about economics or data.


    Sasmita Patnaik

    Programme Lead