Ms Powell has been with the ORF Centre for Resources Management for over eight years working on policy issues in Energy and Climate Change. Her most recent paper ’Climate and the Clash between the Diversely Developed’ was published in the December 2010 volume of the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region. She edits the ORF Energy News Monitor which is in its seventh year of publication and routinely contributes articles on Energy Policy, Energy Pricing and Regulation, Climate and Equity. She has represented ORF at a number of conferences on India's Energy Policy and Climate Change and also authored a number of reports on the same topics. Her current interests include Energy Poverty, Energy Security, Energy Security Index for India, Resource Based conflict with particular reference to Energy and Water, Commercially viable Renewable Energy Pricing Policies and Pricing & Regulatory Issues in Nuclear Energy. She was selected as Congressional Fellow with three-month residency at the East West Centre, Washington following which she authored a book on 'Oil in US Energy Policy:Searching for Clues of Influence'.
She gained industry experience working for Norsk Hydro ASA, Norway’s largest industrial enterprise with core interest in fertilizers, oil & gas (now divested) and aluminium and for Orkla, one of Norway’s largest listed conglomerates whose interests include solar energy and hydro power. While working for Norsk Hydro she was selected for the Leadership Development Programme of the Company in Singapore. She also worked as a Research Assistant in Norwegian School of Management (BI) where she was involved in research on the competitiveness of the Heavy Oil Industry in Canada and completed an extensive report on the Upstream Oil Industry in Norway.
Ms. Powell has three Post Graduate Degrees - two from the Norwegian School of Management Oslo on Energy and one in Solid State Physics from Cochin University of Science & Technology, India.