Sudha Mahalingam was a Senior Research Fellow at CPR. Her work focused on energy security and electricity governance.
She is an energy economist with over 30 years of professional experience. She was a full-time member of India’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) entrusted with the responsibility of regulating downstream hydrocarbon sector. She has also been a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board (NSAB), which advises the Prime Minister through the National Security Advisor on security-related issues. She is on the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of Delft University, The Netherlands and has been a Visiting Fellow at George Washington University.
Mahalingam has held the prestigious Senior Fellowship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, where she contributed to shaping the country’s discourse on energy security. In 2007, she was awarded the first K Subrahmanyam award for excellence in strategic studies by Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), India’s leading think-tank on strategic studies, in recognition of her contribution to the debate on India’s energy security.
Her areas of interest encompass the geopolitical, economic, environmental and regulatory dimensions of all forms of energy including oil, gas, electricity including nuclear, hydro and coal as well as midstream and downstream activities like refining, petrochemicals, fertilisers etc. She has published numerous articles in Indian and international journals and writes regularly in the opinion columns of newspapers.