- Professor of Economics, Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, Delhi NCR
Dr Kasturi Das is an economist, a trade and climate policy practitioner, and an educator with more than two decades of professional experience conducting research, advisory, advocacy, teaching and academic administration. In her professional journey spanning multiple countries, she has been engaging with government departments, think tanks, inter-governmental agencies, diplomatic missions, development sector organizations, media, corporates, industry confederations, management schools, not-for-profit organizations and communities.
Kasturi is presently a Professor of Economics at the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad (IMTG), Delhi-NCR, India. In 2019, she was hosted by the University of Oxford as a Chevening Research, Science and Innovation Leadership (CRISP) Fellow of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office.
She is a Member of the High-Level Advisory Committee on Trade and Environment of the Department of Commerce, Government of India. As a Member of World Economic Forum’s Expert Group on Trade and Climate, Kasturi contributed towards drafting of the policy options paper released in Davos in 2016. She was a Ford Fellow at University of Cambridge; and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK)’s Governance of Clean Development Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia.
Kasturi has published in Nature, the American Journal of International Law, Global Environmental Change, among other noted journals, made academic presentations in numerous high-level conferences, conclaves and training programmes globally. Kasturi has consulted with multiple international institutions such as the University of Oxford’s Martin School, United Nations, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), etc.
At IMTG, as the Founding Head of the I’M The Change Initiative on Sustainability & Social Responsibility, Kasturi conceptualised, designed and developed an innovative, service learning initiative and got it executed for three consecutive years – working with students, faculty, and dozens of NGO partners, reaching out with modest targeted interventions to thousands of peoples belonging to under-served communities. Under her leadership, I’M The Change won the Innovations the Inspire Challenge 2018 of AACSB International; got selected as a UN-PRME Champion; and won Gold Award at Indian Management Conclave Awards 2017. Kasturi is a Gold Medallist in MSc-Economics from the University of Calcutta, India. She has a PhD in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi., and she has been a member of Climate Strategies since 2015.