Aditya Valiathan Pillai | Associate Fellow

Aditya Valiathan Pillai is an associate fellow at the Initiative for Climate, Energy and Environment. He studies how states arrange their climate change institutions and the politics of regional electricity trade in South Asia. In his previous role as a program officer at The Asia Foundation, he managed the Foundation’s support to South Asian civil society on transboundary river issues in the Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra, which spanned over forty organizations and themes from climate change adaptation to inland waterway cooperation and energy. He also anchored the Foundation’s research and action on the water-food-energy nexus in the region.

His research interests lie in the political and institutional underpinnings of natural resource governance and climate change in South Asia. Prior to this, he examined the nebulous role of state power in transboundary river management at the Centre for Policy Research. He has a master’s degree in international security from Sciences Po in Paris.