Ulka Kelkar

Director - Climate Policy


Ulka Kelkar is the Director of Climate Policy at the Climate Program. She coordinates the team’s climate policy work, which aims to support India’s pathway to a low-carbon economy.  

Ulka has 19 years' experience in interdisciplinary research, capacity building, and outreach on climate change. Before joining WRI she was a consultant climate assessment specialist for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and developed a roadmap for South Asian regional cooperation on adaptation to climate change. She was a Fellow at the Bangalore-based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), where she used behavioural economics to understand what might motivate urban households to switch to renewable energy technologies. She worked for 16 years at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), where she used participatory methods and household surveys to assess how rural communities can adapt to climate change. She collaborated with architects and financial analysts to devise business models for low-cost climate-resilient housing in disaster-prone regions of Bangladesh and Nepal. She worked with the corporate sector on measuring greenhouse gas emissions and developing clean development mechanism (CDM) projects. Her research has been published in journals like Global Environmental Change, Climate Policy, and Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. 

Ulka has a master’s degree in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. 

She lives in Bangalore with her husband, Siddhartha and their daughter, Mandavi. 

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