Ananth Chikkatur has experience in the energy and environmental sector and has worked on several power sector, natural gas, and carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, including projects for private clients, World Bank, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the European Commission. Dr. Chikkatur has worked on projects to understand natural gas demand in India and Mozambique, and he has managed several power sector modeling projects based on ICF’s proprietary energy models. He currently is working on smart grid-related work for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Chikkatur's research at Harvard Kennedy School focused on devising better policies for advancing cleaner coal-power technologies in India, and he worked with the Indian Planning Commission to assess policy issues in the Indian coal and coal-power sectors. He also worked on broader energy policies in India, including promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). His interests include energy policy, technology innovation, cleaner power generation technologies, energy efficiency, small-scale/rural energy systems, and the politics of—and responses to—climate change.
Dr. Chikkatur has a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachuetts Institute of Technology, and he joined Harvard Kennedy School’s Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) project as a post-doctoral research fellow.