Hadia Sheerazi is a Research Associate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. Her interdisciplinary research assesses clean energy investments and policy interventions to deploy carbon management and renewable hydrogen technologies, with a special focus on equity and environmental justice impacts on disadvantaged communities (DACs), and the historically marginalized experiences of youth, disabled persons, and refugees on the frontlines of climate change.
Hadia has supported the development of the Carbon Management Research Initiative’s (CaMRI) research agenda, and coordinated Columbia University’s successful submission for a $10 million grant for the Carbontech Development Initiative from NYSERDA to establish a world-class hub of carbon-to-value research, technology transfer and commercialization in New York State. She has managed CaMRI’s engagements with policymakers from key Congressional offices, House and Senate Committees, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Global Change at the U.S. Department of State, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and helped organize high-level decarbonization and net-zero strategy briefings for ministers, diplomats, and policymakers from Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania.
Most recently, she presented testimony on equity and environmental justice considerations in the development of climate regulations before the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and New York State’s Climate Action Council (CAC). Hadia is currently a contributing member of the NPCC’s Climate and Science Projections working group that is tasked with reviewing and synthesizing recent climate research, and advising the Mayor’s Office on New York City’s multi-hazard adaptation strategy, including over $20 billion of investments and major coastal resiliency projects in all five boroughs.
Hadia has been internationally recognized for her research and contributions to climate action, DEIA, gender equity, sustainable and inclusive cities, community-led disaster risk reduction (DRR), and global campaigns for education and public health. In 2022, she was recognized as one of “50 Rising Stars in ESG'' by Tesco, Burberry, PwC, Aviva and the Financial Times, and named to Yahoo! Finance’s “HERoes Top 100: Future Leader Role Models'' global list. Hadia is the first global winner of the United Nations Development Programme-administered King Hamad Youth Empowerment Award to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She received the Sandra Forte Memorial Award for Emerging Professionals from Advancing Women in Transportation (WTS), the Morton Deutsch Award for Social Justice for her research on inequalities faced by women and girls in sports, and was a finalist on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Hadia was named a “Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment” by UN Women’s EmpowerWomen initiative, and invited to the inaugural United State of Women (USOW) Summit by the White House Council on Women and Girls as a “Nominated Changemaker."
Hadia served as an Ambassador for the ONE Campaign and Girl Rising, and was selected as a two-term Youth Delegate to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and World Bank youth summits. She was a post-graduate Fellow to Nobel Laureate, Leymah Gbowee, at Columbia University’s Women, Peace and Security Program, and served as a Net Impact Climate Fellow, United Nations SDSN Local Pathways Fellow, Climate Reality Leader, Youth Expert in the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network, and Honorary Advisory to the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development at the United Nations.
Hadia holds master of science degrees in Sustainability Management and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University, and graduated as Class Speaker and Student Marshall with a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science and Economics from St. John’s University.