Dr. Aditi Vaishali Thapar-Grohe

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Lecturer in Climate, Columbia Climate School


Aditi Thapar-Grohe is a passionate leader with over 7 years of experience driving positive change in the areas of climate action and equity. As the Director of Climate and Carbon Markets at Jexium, a climate advisory startup, she identified and developed a robust pipeline of 12 high-potential Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction projects ($5M to $80M) ready for investor engagement within both voluntary and compliance carbon markets. Her expertise lies in leading design-based innovation initiatives that not only generate high-integrity carbon credits, but also engage diverse stakeholders to co-create and implement inclusive transformative solutions. In particular, she is committed to addressing the disproportionate impact of climate change on marginalized communities.

An avid conservationist, Aditi also serves as a trustee on the board of The Nature Conservancy in Ohio, actively influencing policy and projects to safeguard the state's natural lands and resources. Beyond her corporate endeavors, Aditi is an active educator. She designs and teaches undergraduate courses in public affairs at The Ohio State University and co-developed a two-semester doctoral seminar centered on theories of social and racial justice in public administration. She also serves as a Lecturer at The Columbia Climate School, where she equips graduate students with essential skills in climate consulting, research, project management, and professional development.

Aditi holds a B.S. in Program in the Environment from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University. Her doctoral research focused on leveraging communication strategies to influence climate skeptics' perspectives on climate change, fostering her dedication to making complex issues accessible to diverse audiences.

When she isn’t exploring the world with her husband and their Bernese Mountain Dog, Butters, you’ll find her baking, taking photographs, reading, or crocheting.