Lakshmi works at the intersection of research, policy and implementation in the areas of renewable energy, environmental governance, livelihoods, and sustainable development. She holds a PhD in sustainable energy transitions from Technical University of Denmark (with a focus on solar PV in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda), a research Masters in Environment and Development from Ambedkar University Delhi (with a focus on sustainable forest livelihoods in India), and a Bachelors in Economics (Hons) from the University of Delhi.
She is currently a co-lead for TEMARIN, a three-year Danida advisory project aimed at accelerating diffusion of climate technologies and strengthening domestic markets in Kenya and Uganda. Her other areas of work include socio-political aspects of climate change, renewable energy policy evaluation, circular economy, and developmental impacts of technology diffusion, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Previously, she was a sustainability and social impact consultant at ERM India. She has worked with private companies, development banks, and private equity funds on improving sustainability performance through social impact assessment, land/labour due-diligence, stakeholder engagement, human rights risk assessment, CSR, and community development. She is familiar with World Bank Safeguards, IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles, and UN Guiding Principles.