Dr. Ananth Chikkatur (Ph.D., Physics, MIT) is currently with the consulting firm ICF International, working in the energy and environmental sector. After completing his doctorate in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2002, Dr. Chikkatur spent a year in India to learn firsthand about energy and development issues. In 2004, Dr. Chikkatur joined Harvard Kennedy’s School’s Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) project as a post-doctoral Research Fellow, and joined ICF in December 2008. In 2007, he taught a class on “Sustainable Development” as an Adjunct Lecturer in Boston University’s Department of International Affairs.
Dr. Chikkatur’s research at ETIP mainly focused on devising better policies for advancing cleaner coal-power technologies in India. In addition, he worked on broader energy policies in India, including promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He worked with the Indian Planning Commission on a project to assess policy issues in the Indian coal and coal-power sectors. At ICF, Dr. Chikkatur has worked on several power sector and carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, including projects for the U.S. EPA and the European Commission. He has managed a project to design a natural gas pipeline grid for India, and worked on and managed several power sector modeling projects based on ICF’s proprietary energy models. His interests include technology innovation, cleaner coal-power technologies, energy efficiency, small-scale/rural energy systems, and the politics of, and responses to, climate change.