Area: Economic Environment and Policy
Kasturi is an economist, a trade and climate policy practitioner, and an educator with more than two decades of professional experience conducting research, advisory, advocacy, teaching and academic administration. In her professional journey spanning multiple countries, she has been engaging with government departments, think tanks, inter-governmental agencies, diplomatic missions, development sector organizations, media, corporates, industry confederations, management schools, not-for-profit organizations and communities. Kasturi joined IMTG as an Associate Professor of Economics in July 2013 and is presently a Full Professor of Economics. In 2019, she was hosted by the University of Oxford as a Chevening Research, Science and Innovation Leadership Fellow of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office. She is a Member of the High-Level Advisory Committee on Trade and Environment of the Department of Commerce, Govt. of India. As a Member of Climate Strategies, she co-led a recently completed project on making trade policy work for climate. As a Member of World Economic Forum’s Expert Group on Trade and Climate, Kasturi contributed towards drafting of the policy options paper released in Davos in 2016. She was a Ford Fellow at University of Cambridge; and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK)’s Governance of Clean Development Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia. She has published extensively including in the ‘Nature’ journal, ‘American Journal of International Law’, ‘Global Environmental Change’, among other top journals. She has delivered invited talks, lectures and presented research papers in numerous high-level conferences, conclaves and training programmes globally. Kasturi has consulted with multiple institutions across geographies including the University of Oxford’s Martin School, United Nations, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), to name a few. At IMTG, as the Founding Head of the I’M The Change Initiative on Sustainability & Social Responsibility, Kasturi conceptualized, designed and developed an innovative, service learning initiative and got it executed for three consecutive years – working with students, faculty, and dozens of NGO partners, reaching out with modest targeted interventions to thousands of peoples belonging to under-served communities. Under her leadership, I’M The Change won the Innovations the Inspire Challenge 2018 of AACSB International; got selected as a UN-PRME Champion; and won Gold Award at Indian Management Conclave Awards 2017. Kasturi is a Gold Medalist in MSc-Economics from the University of Calcutta (CU).
• PhD in Economics, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
• Gold Medalist for securing the First position (with First Class) in the MSc (Economics) Examination of the University of Calcutta, India.
More than two decades of professional experience conducting research, advisory, advocacy, teaching and academic administration.
• Trade and International Business
• Climate Change Policy
• Trade-Climate Interface
• WTO-related Issues
• Intellectual Property Rights
• Business Sustainability
• Responsible Management Education
Economics, International Business, Business Sustainability, Climate Policy , Trade Policy