Dr. Uma Rajarathnam

Dr. Uma Rajarathnam

Dr. Uma administers various multi-disciplinary projects with immense dedication. An alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business in the US and the Saïd Business School in Oxford, UK, she has worked with diverse renowned organisations including The Energy and Resource Institute and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute in the past. Her mentoring has greatly influenced a new generation of women to step up, join the energy and environment sectors and lead sustainable change. With her exceptional observational skills, Uma has led initiatives that maximise the use of renewable energy while focusing on delivering value to stakeholders across the globe.


A woman of extraordinary talent, Dr. Uma credits her success to a penchant for knowledge and a passionate belief that energy and water should be available to all in an environmentally sustainable manner. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and a Doctorate degree from the Centre for Energy Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. These have helped her develop a clearer perspective on how to utilise resources in a more efficient manner. Thanks to her huge wealth of knowledge, she has successfully published more than 30 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and books, exhibiting her adeptness and devotion to the cause.


As the leader of various projects focused on energy and environment, Dr. Uma has donned multiple hats during the course of her illustrious professional journey. Through her 30 years of experience, she has become a brilliant business leader and project manager, the head of Enzen’s innovation arm and an inspiring mentor for younger talent.

Dr. Uma has partnered with eminent international bodies and her work has been considered as a benchmark in the development of energy efficiency. Her assignments with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, along with other projects with the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, are all much acclaimed. The present time calls for immediate action to protect the environment, so Dr. Uma’s focus is on taking measures towards creating a cleaner world, while delivering positive impact to communities. These include optimising energy use, promoting the use of green energy and running programmes focused on creating smarter and healthier cities. During her time at Enzen, she’s led several transformation programmes which have helped save 30 million units of electricity and reduced carbon emissions by 28,000 tonnes. In addition, her work has positively impacted the lives of 1.2 million people across the globe.

Dr. Uma’s boundless efforts have been duly recognised and rewarded. Her work on climate change was an eye-opener and was instantly recognized as a significant contributor towards the UN International Panel for Climate Change which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Dr. Uma’s concentrated work in the field of energy and environment has also brought her many laurels in the form of the Fulbright Indo-American Environment Leadership Programme Fellowship and the Chevening Rolls-Royce Fellowship for Science, Innovation, Leadership and Policy.