Advisory & Consulting

Oxford, 2018 - 2023

Vivid Economics, 2015-2018

Green Industrial Strategy for Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines, GIZ, 2018-2019

Supported the development of green industrial strategies for Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines. Engagement with local energy ministries, government, and private sector. In partnership with Climateworks Australia. 

Guyana’s Green State Development Plan, United Nations Environment Program, 2018

Assessed Guyana’s trade, macroeconomic fundamentals, and sustainability to advise on its green development plan. Conducted growth diagnostics to see how the Guyanese economy could sustainably diversify and outlined the sources of finance to enable the transition. Considered the critical question of how Guyana will handle its newly discovered oil reserves. Work fed into the national Green State Development Plan.


Pay As You Go Market Attractiveness Index for Solar Power, International Finance Corporation, 2018. 

Supported the development a market attractiveness index for off-grid PAYG energy services across 12 Sub-Saharan African countries. Set out the fundamental economic principles of the market and provided a source of information for policy makers and investors on the potential for PAYG markets to expand.

Water sector reform, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2018.

Undertook a quick scoping review to understand how competition in the UK water sector could be better structured to increase affordability and resilience.

Synthesising opportunities for carbon pricing and low-carbon development in Turkey, World Bank, 2018. 

Co-authored a synthesis paper that aggregated evidence from analytical studies on the potential role of carbon pricing in Turkey. The report provided recommendations for senior policymakers. Sugandha also wrote a series of op-eds to release findings through more popular mediums.

Modelling economic, fiscal and sectoral impacts of carbon pricing in Turkey, World Bank, 2017 – 2018. 

Undertook computational general equilibrium (CGE) modelling to assess the macroeconomic and sectoral impacts of carbon pricing policies in Turkey. Led the modelling workstream, liaised with local stakeholders, delivered training sessions to government officials and drafted key reports and presentations.

Blueprint for Business Leadership on the Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Global Compact, 2017. 

Undertook extensive stakeholder consultations with international organisations, civil society groups and corporate entities to understand how businesses can be SDG leaders. Conducted an assessment of corporate actions across each of the SDGs. Co-authored the ‘blueprint’ for business leadership on the SDGs. 

Natural capital accounting in the Lake District, National Trust, 2017.  

Used natural capital accounts to assess options for land-use change in a catchment in the Lake District. Considered how the net economic value of the catchment changes across multiple scenarios including one that factored in the effects of Brexit on farm subsidies. Devised a new methodology to value flood defence and used bio-economic modelling to value carbon sequestration and raw material production. Advised on the optimal land mix and highlighted ways in which the transition could be managed.  

Facilitating investment in renewable energy in Peru, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2016.

Identified legal and fiscal barriers to investment in renewable energy in Peru; mapped the potential for low cost, locally appropriate technologies; and specified pilot initiatives for quick implementation in rural areas.  

Assessing the feasibility of natural capital accounting, Confidential UK utility, 2016. 

Undertook a literature review of natural capital accounting methods across different ecosystem services. Determined the feasibility of natural capital accounting for a public utility in the UK. Developed a method to value ecosystem impacts for one of the utility’s major projects.  

Evaluating infrastructure investment opportunities in Africa, Climate and Development Knowledge Network, 2016. 

Quantified infrastructure investment gaps across several verticals (health, education, energy etc.) for sub-Saharan African countries. Created an ease of business index. Mapped infrastructure gaps against ease of business to identify the best infrastructure investment opportunities.

Sizing the Green Economy in Asia, Asian Development Bank, 2016. Assessed the current and future potential of the green economy in Asia using trade, patent and output data. Drafted ADOU working paper and co-authored theme chapter on low carbon growth for ADB’s 2016 annual outlook report.  

Commercial impacts of carbon prices, European private client, 2016. 

Developed a sector-wide questionnaire for a key industrial sector in Europe to assess the competitiveness implications of the EU ETS.  Identified sectors at risk of carbon leakage using a bespoke model that incorporated trade intensity and cost increases due to carbon pricing.

Climate Resilience and Private Sector Growth in Egyptian Agribusiness, EBRD, 2016. 

Assessed strategies to foster private sector growth in Egyptian agribusiness and increase climate resilience. Undertook qualitative and quantitative assessments through stakeholder interviews, scenario analysis and market sizing analysis.  

Transformational development and water resources in drylands, Overseas Development Institute, 2016. 

Assessed how mega infrastructure projects have direct and indirect effects on water resources in semi-arid regions. Undertook a case study on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.  

Catalyst Demand, Private Client, 2015. 

Gathered quantitative and qualitative data to determine demand for catalysts across countries. Found limits for NOx, SO2 and PM by sector and country and prepared a country document outlining relevant laws.

Climate Finance Nigeria, Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility, 2015. 

Edited and provided feedback on concept notes prepared by the Nigerian Infrastructure Advisory Facility for accessing climate finance.

Select Media

How are energy contracts affecting the transition to net zero? Economics Observatory. 2023. 

Building back better with Tim Dobermann. Indian Express. Print Edition. May 2021. 

Making India’s post-Covid recovery green will help tackle growing environment challenges and generate jobs. with Brian O'Callaghan. Times of India. Print Edition. November 2020.

Can Carbon Markets Work? Discussant for David Victor and Danny Cullenward's Book Launch at the Blavatnik School of Government.  

Did the Paris Climate Agreement Lead to any Meaningful Changes? with Freddi Otto and Richard Millar. Futuremarkers Podcast. November 2019

Low-Carbon Industrial Strategies for Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines with ClimateWorks Australia and Vivid Economics. Discussion Papers. July 2019. 

Green Technology: Can India Win the Green Race? with Rajat Kathuria. Op-Ed in Financial Express. New Delhi. April 2018. 

Meeting the Low Carbon Growth Challenge with Shikha Jha, Minsoo Lee, David Raitzer, Sam Fankhauser and Alex Kazaglis. Theme Chapter for Asian Development Outlook 2016. Asian Development Bank.