Dr. Srivastava has a PhD in Energy Economics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. She was the Deputy Director General for Science at The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Vienna, Austria from November 2019 to July 2022. In her role, she provided interdisciplinary scientific leadership to the institute. She started her career at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and worked there for more than three decades, exiting as the Executive Director. At TERI, Dr Srivastava worked on a range of issues covering energy and environment policy/planning, energy economics and climate change.
During her career, Dr Srivastava has served on several Corporate Boards, Government Committees and Boards/Councils of International Organisations including the President’s Climate Change and Sustainability Advisory Board of ADB, Science Advisory Group on Climate Change to the UN Secretary-General, United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, and National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India. She has served on the sustainability advisory boards of multinational companies – The Coca-Cola Company, Caterpillar Inc and Suez Environment and has served on the Boards of Reliance Infrastructure, Torrent Pharmaceuticals, Shree Cement and Bharti Infratel. From 2021 to March 2023, she was a Member of the Supervisory Board of the Climate KIC Foundation.
Dr. Srivastava is currently a Member of the International Expert Panel on Climate Change of Edelman, a Board Member of Shell plc and a Senior Energy Expert Advisor to BCG India. She continues to be a Member of the SDG 7 Technical Advisory Group of the UN. She is also on the Advisory Board of the “Science for Sustainable Societies” Book Series being led by the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan. She was a coordinating Lead Author of the 3rd IPCC Report and cross-cutting theme Anchor on “Sustainable Development” for the 4th IPCC Report