Priyanka deSouza works as a consultant for the Division of Early Warning Assessment of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. She serves as part of the Air Quality Team, and is working on establishing an air quality monitoring network in Nairobi. Priyanka is also curating the development of an SDGIO (Sustainable Development Goals Interface Ontology) to clearly represent terminological information related to the Sustainable Development Goals, and supports the team putting UNEP’s GEO-6 report together by creating maps on ArcGIS for the different regional assessments.
Before working at UNEP, Priyanka worked with the energy consultancy Encraft, setting up a community-service energy company in the midlands of the UK. Priyanka also worked on a-Si solar cells at the University of Cambridge. She wrote her master’s thesis on photoelectrochemical cells, and has published articles and presented this work, as well as research on molecular thermoelectrics and the hydrocarbon sector of India.
She holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, where her thesis examined land use change in India through the ecological indicator of Human Appropriation of Net Primary Productivity from 1700 to 2012. She has an MBA from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, as well as an MTech and BTech in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.