Akash Ramnath is a junior researcher at the Planetary Security Initiative (PSI), a project run by the Clingendael Institute. Through the PSI and other Clingendael activities, Akash investigates the links between climate change and human security, whilst also engaging stakeholders from across the policy, practice and academic worlds to raise awareness of around climate security and environmental peacebuilding. Akash also is a contributing author for publications focusing on the energy transition, renewable energy governance and the impacts of climate change on conflicts.
Akash is currently studying towards an Advanced Masters in International Relations & Diplomacy (MSc) at Leiden University, Netherlands, with specific focuses on climate diplomacy and conflict mediation. He also holds a degree in International Relations & Global Issues (MSci), jointly issued by the University of Nottingham and Hong Kong University. During his studies, he conducted on the ground research into the conflict situations developing in Kashmir and South China Sea with the support of both universities. Akash also has worked as a Senior Associate at AlphaSights, a global private equity research firm based in London and New York, supporting client research activities into technology, energy and capital markets. Additionally, he also managed pro-bono projects in areas of digital education and water security for local communities across Niger, Benin and Nepal.