Director, Climate Policy
Dr. Someshwar is research faculty at Columbia University, New York. At the Earth Institute, he is also Director, Climate Policy at the Center for Sustainable Development, and Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN). At Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) he teaches the graduate level course “Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice”.
An expert in climate and sustainable development policy, Dr. Someshwar has led numerous multidisciplinary efforts to build resilience to climate risks in developing countries, particularly in Asia. He advises governments on identifying and implementing climate and sustainable development action priorities, and served as an advisor to UNDP's Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery to integrate climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction efforts. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Arghyam, an Indian philanthropy in the area of groundwater and sanitation. Previously he was at the Rockefeller Foundation and at the World Bank. Dr. Someshwar received his Ph.D. in environment and public policy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was a Bell MacArthur fellow at Harvard University.