Devika Suraj Kaul
Devika is a graduate student at Columbia University pursuing an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy as an Environmental Fellow with a concentration in sustainability management. Devika is working on the Climate and Environment team at ICCR to help manage investor engagement with energy and utility companies on methane emissions reduction and transitioning to a low carbon economy. Devika has a diverse professional and academic background in sustainability. Before starting her graduate education, she was awarded a Fulbright research grant by the U.S. Department of State to pioneer research in the Galapagos Islands on sustainable waste management. Devika examined the impacts of tourism development on the economy, waste and water infrastructure, and the local environment.
Devika previously worked for an environmental tech startup where she created flood risk projections using geospatial analysis to help businesses and governments address climate vulnerability. As an Environmental Analyst at Ryder Systems, Inc., Devika supported the company’s corporate sustainability efforts in energy efficiency and water conservation. She also worked for a non-profit, Miami Waterkeeper, that protects marine ecosystems in South Florida through education, outreach and legal advocacy. Devika holds a B.S in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Miami where she conducted laboratory research on ocean acidification and monitored water quality at a wastewater re-use facility. Devika has also been involved with the Clinton Global Initiative and interned at the White House Office of Environmental Quality as an undergraduate.