Speaker's Profile 

Nambi Appadurai

Director and Strategy Head of the Climate Resilience Practice, World Resources Institute, India

Nambi Appadurai currently serves as the Director and Strategy Head of the Climate Resilience Practice of World Resources Institute, India. He has 18 years of experience in the social development sector. His research interests intersect the areas of climate risk management, adaptation, climate policy, institutional development, and governance.

Appadurai’s current work focuses on integrating adaptation into development processes at the national, sub-national, and community levels, with an emphasis on key sectors like agriculture, water, and urban development. He has extensive experience in applying participatory tools and approaches to promote ‘Community Based Adaptation’ in the Asian and African contexts. 

Prior to joining WRI, Nambi worked with the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai as the Director of the Climate Change Programme. His international career includes stints with the World Bank, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR). In the past, Nambi served as a member of the official Indian delegation to UNFCCC Conference of Parties’ meetings and participated as an expert member of several scientific committees constituted by various ministries of the Government of India and state governments. He is one of the Coordinating Lead Authors of the Adaptation chapter of HIMAP. 

He has a doctoral degree in Public Policy from the Maxwell school of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York and two post-graduate degrees, one in Development Studies from Cambridge University, UK and the other in Public Management from University of Madras. He has a bachelor’s degree in Physics. He has published widely on development and environmental themes and won several awards in the fields of social research and environment.