“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Kavita Surana's research interest is in the intersection of clean energy, climate change, and innovation, with a particular focus on public policy in countries looking for ways to address challenges such as energy access or environmental degradation while ensuring economic development.
She is a consultant on energy and climate to the World Bank and other organizations and previously worked on electricity markets and power generation investments at ICF International. Kavita developed her own innovative technologies for solar cells at the French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) during her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (INP-Grenoble), France. She was an Erasmus Mundus scholar at Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France and holds a B.Sc. in Physics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India.Last Updated: Jul 10, 2017, 4:13pm