What We Do


Speaker series

We organize a bi-weekly speaker series on topics related to energy, water, air pollution, climate change as they relate to the developing world, especially China, India, Latin America, and Africa. See our upcoming and past speakers here.



Each year we organize events to further encourage participation in the energy and human development spaces. Spring 2018 featured a data-driven policy hackathon. Check back for more updates on our future events! 

2018-2019 Leadership Team

Sika Gadzanku


Sika is a Master's student in the Technology and Policy Program. Her research interests include power systems design in developing countries, optimization and interactions between international development, energy and the environment. She is currently assessing the water-energy nexus in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Prior to MIT, Sika interned at Synapse Energy Economics, an electricity research and consulting firm. She obtained her Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering at Tufts University in 2017. 



Max is a PhD student in MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. His main research interests are sustainable energy policy and the impacts of climate change on human behavior.

Before MIT, Max studied electrical engineering at Stanford University where he had over twenty roommates and worked in the US and German energy sectors.

Outside his studies, Max plays piano, bakes, and brunches.  

mingHao qiu


Minghao is a Ph.D. Student in MIT Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS). His main research interests are in the fields of environmental policies and economics. He is interested in understanding the social-economic impacts of air pollution and climate change in developing economies like China. His most recent work evaluates the "co-benefits" of China's air pollution and energy policies using real-world data.

Prior to coming to MIT, Minghao received his bachelor's degrees in environmental science and economics at Peking University in China.

In his free time, Minghao loves playing basketball, running and reading novels.



Past Leadership Team

   Roxanne Rahnama                 MEIA ALSUP                     SRUTHI DAVULURI

Sruthi Picture.jpg