Mridula Ramesh(2021)

Mridula Ramesh is the author of critically acclaimed The Climate Solution: India’s Climate Change Crisis and What We Can Do About It, and the founder of the Sundaram Climate Institute, which focuses on waste and water management. She is an active angel investor in cleantech start-ups, with a portfolio of over 15 start-ups. Ramesh sits on several angel investment groups and is involved in initiatives to spur entrepreneurship to build climate resilience. A graduate with distinction from Cornell University (with majors in Chemistry and Microbiology), with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, she worked at McKinsey in Silicon Valley before returning to India. She teaches a class on climate change at the Great Lakes Institute of Management and is a regular columnist for Firstpost and has written for The Hindu, Live Mint, Bloomberg Quint, and Conde Nast. She is the Executive Director of Sundaram Textiles and lives and experiments in Madurai in a net zero-waste house with her husband and two children. She is part of the Advisory Committee, UNDP India National Circular Economy Project, part of the Board of Trustees of World Wildlife Fund, India, and the Chairperson of the Board of Governors, of NIT, Andhra Pradesh.