I met with Nithya Ramanathan at the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Lisbon. She was one of the experts who participated in the discussion around ‘Cooling for All’, a topic that we haven’t really explored in The Beam before.
Millions of people die every year from lack of cooling access, whether from food losses, damaged vaccines, or severe heat impacts. Nithya Ramanathan co-founded Nexleaf Analytics to help solve this global issue. Her non-profit provides low-income countries with sensor technologies, and therefore data, used to protect temperature-sensitive vaccines for newborns, reduce air pollution by incentivizing cleaner cooking and protect produce for smallholder farmers.
Nithya Ramanathan told me about the importance of using data to contribute to solving climate change issues, what their impacts are on the population, and the challenges that come with them.
Thanks a lot for your time Nithya. Your exposé on using data to improve cooling access for all was a real eye-opener! But before we get into the topic, I would like to know more about you and understand where your commitment comes from. You are a computer scientist, you have a PhD from UCLA and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley. When did you decide that you would dedicate your work to help solve climate change issues and why?