In this position, Siddarthan supports ClimateWorks and several other Foundations who are committed to deploy philanthropic resources to India to advance India’s development goals, particularly related to clean energy and climate change. In this cross-cutting role, Siddarthan helps developing compelling ideas, common strategies around those ideas and identifying partners on the ground to implement programs and projects. Siddarthan also works to advance ClimateWorks' mission of expanding climate philanthropy by providing India and 'India and the rest of the world' perspectives and act as a bridge between international and Indian philanthropies particularly around climate change, energy and related thematic areas.
Siddarthan joined ClimateWorks Foundation after working for 3 years as the first India Country Head at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), an inter-governmental organization with 30 Member Countries. Prior to GGGI, Siddarthan was in Washington DC as Director of the Major Economies Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI). He also had two stints with the UK Government working in the Department for International Development (DFID) and later with UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK FCO), focusing on climate change, energy, environment and natural resource management. His other experience includes Senior Advisor in Norwegian NORAD where he spent 6 years promoting and deepening bilateral relationship between India and Norway in the areas of climate change, energy and environment.
His areas of expertise include but are not limited to climate change mitigation and adaptation, INDC implementation, international climate policy, green growth policy and planning, and energy policy. Siddarthan is an agricultural engineer by education and is an Indian national.