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Vignesh Gowrishankar

Vignesh Gowrishankar

Joined Stern 2017

Leonard N. Stern School of Business




Vignesh Gowrishankar is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Business & Society Program at New York University’s Stern School of Business. In his current position he teaches a course on energy and the environment. He is also affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Business.

Currently the Associate Director in the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Vignesh works on clean energy policies and programs that help boost energy efficiency, deploy renewables and electric vehicles at scale, and modernize the electrical grid.

In his eight years with NRDC, he has also worked on numerous initiatives such as making natural gas production more sustainable, advocating for clean energy products with PJM Interconnection, developing recommendations on India’s National Solar Mission, assessing the potential for combined heat and power, pursuing options to stimulate greater levels of energy efficiency in the industrial sector, driving largescale renewables, and deploying electric vehicles in ways that can help with power grid management. Vignesh is also on the boards of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and Efficiency Forward.

Prior to NRDC, he spent almost two years in Melbourne, Australia, where he was a Senior Policy Advisor on climate change issues to the Premier of the State of Victoria and his staff. Previously he served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in a variety of industries.

Vignesh completed his Ph.D. from Stanford University, researching next-generation solar cells. He also received his M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. His bachelor’s degree is from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India.

Courses Taught

  • Driving Market Solutions for Clean Energy
  • Energy and the Environment (2017 only)

Academic Background

PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, 2007
Stanford University

MS, Management Science and Engineering, 2006
Stanford University

B. Tech, Metallurgical Engineering / Materials Science, 2002
Indian Institute of Technology

Areas of Expertise


  • Industrial Organization