Kaavya Varma joined GIST as an associate in the year 2009. Before joining GIST she has worked on developing the scientific and economic foundations for the TEEB study.
She has experience developing Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) methodologies and measurement indicators to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of forest conservation and incorporate REDD at the local level in countries like India and Ghana. In addition, Kaavya has also worked with urban poverty alleviation and slum improvement and development through Gates Foundation and Development Innovations group project in Washington, D.C.
Kaavya holds an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge in Environment, Society and Development and a B.Sc. from the London School of Economics in Environmental Policy.