Director, India ZEV Research Centre
Aditya Ramji is an Economist focusing on energy, transportation, and electric mobility. He has a specialization in Energy and Development economics. His key areas of work have been energy policy, energy access, transportation and renewable energy, and climate risks. Aditya has had over 10 years of experience across both policy research and private sector, specifically in the automotive industry.
At UC Davis, he is leading the California-India ZEV Policy Collaboration Program. His work includes focusing on key policy scenarios for ZEV transitions in both developed and emerging economies.
Prior to this he was Lead Automotive Economist and Senior Manager, Managing Director’s Office, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., one of India’s leading automotive OEMs. At Mahindra, he was closely involved with leading the work on electric mobility, mobility solutions, product strategy and planning, as well as representing the company at various national and international forums, including government, on key regulatory and policy issues related to the automotive sector and specifically, electric vehicle transitions.
Prior to joining Mahindra and Mahindra, he worked with two leading think tanks in India – the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), both based in New Delhi. He is also associated with the Centre for Technology and Policy (CTaP), at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras (Chennai).
He has extensive experience across India and other geographies. He has also published in leading academic journals and continues to write regularly for various print and online media. He also authored the first comprehensive energy policy for the Indian Railways in 2015-16. He has also served both the Centre and State governments in India, as well as private sector institutions, on advisory roles, including being Chairman’s Nominee to the Steering Committee on Advancing Local Value-Add (SCALE), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India in 2020-21; India’s transport expert to the UNFCCC COP22 in 2016 (nominated by Ministry of Railways, Government of India); and, Member, Energy and Health Advisory Committee, Indian Council of Medical Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in 2016-17.