Kamal directs our outreach, media, and storytelling initiatives. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and has also lived in the U.K., Canada, Sri Lanka, and California. After years of being a global vagabond, she is delighted to have found her forever home in Hawaii. Kamal is passionate about storytelling, but she also loves engaging with wonky energy policy and analysis. She holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kamal held jobs at Punahou School and SEEQS: The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability. Before that, she worked as a freelance writer, contributing stories to Hana Hou!, the inflight magazine of Hawaiian Airlines, and to other outlets. Prior to that, she worked in research in academia. Many eons ago, she worked for solar startup companies, selling solar panels in places where the sun doesn’t shine (the U.K.) and where people cannot afford them (off-grid villages in India, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam).
Kamal has written an environmental novel set in India. It’s been rejected by 31 literary agents to date. But she soldiers on; she just sent her manuscript to Agent No. 32 this morning. . . .
“In this job, I can merge my passion for writing and storytelling with my desire to help stop climate change. I get to work with an incredibly talented, kind and committed group of people on a shared mission to accelerate our transition to 100% clean energy—how great is that! I feel like I’m part of something positive and optimistic, a most necessary counter to the terrifying stories of climate disaster we read about in the news. I love this work.”