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Jessica Seddon is the global lead for air quality at the World Resources Institute
(WRI), Senior Fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and an adjunct
fellow (non-resident) with the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at the
Center for Strategic and International Studies. At WRI, she leads a team of scientists,
strategists, and practitioners who are focused on helping cities and countries
manage their air to achieve health, ecosystem, and climate goals. Her own work
focuses on the way that new sources of information and environmental awareness
can be leveraged to motivate and guide cost-effective strategies for reducing
polluting emissions and achieving clean air for all.
Seddon also serves on the advisory board of the Wilderhill Global Clean Energy
Index (NEX) and the academic councils of Krea University, a new liberal arts initiative
in South India, and the Indian School of Public Policy in New Delhi. Prior to joining
WRI, Seddon co-founded and led Okapi, an India-based strategy group incubated at
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras that focuses on institutional design for
social innovation. Her earlier career spans academic and strategic advisory roles
focused on institutional design for integrating science into policy and social
initiatives. She has worked with numerous institutions in India, including as visiting
fellow at IDFC Institute (Mumbai) and senior fellow at the Center for Technology and
Policy, IIT Madras.
Seddon has published book chapters and articles on infrastructure, Indian political
economy, information technology and governance, environmental regulation, and
other institutional design topics in international academic and policy venues,
including Cambridge University Press, the Journal of Development
Economics, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Foreign Affairs, Bloomberg
Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review. Seddon earned her Ph.D. in political
economy from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and her B.A. in
government and Latin American studies from Harvard University.