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Meera Atreya, PhD

Meera Atreya, PhD

Director of EMEA Advisory & Senior Scientist

Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage (BiCRS) + Biotechnology + Enzyme Engineering + Climate Action Strategy + Management Consulting & Strategic Advisory + Sustainable bioresource supply and use

Headshot of Dr. Meera Atreya on blurred background
Headshot of Dr. Meera Atreya on blurred background
Headshot of Dr. Meera Atreya on blurred background

Dr. Meera Atreya leads Carbon Direct’s office in Europe, where she brings her expertise in strategic advisory, sustainability, and biomass for carbon removal to clients.

As a Director and Senior Scientist at Carbon Direct, Meera and her team help organisations take climate action by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and supporting high-quality carbon removal projects. 

Background & Bio

Dr. Atreya has worked in climate technology research and strategic advisory since 2009. She was the lead author of Bioresources within a Net-Zero Emissions Economy, a report by the Energy Transitions Commission evaluating the role of sustainable bioresources in climate change mitigation. While at SYSTEMIQ, a sustainability-focused systems change company, Meera provided strategic advice to a major climate-focused philanthropic foundation and co-authored a report on alleviating the plastic waste crisis; the United Nations Environment Programme is currently using this analysis as the basis for a global plastics treaty. Prior to SYSTEMIQ, Meera was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she was designated as an Affiliate Expert in Renewable Energy & Cleantech and was a key member of the team that steered McKinsey to address its own global carbon emissions. 

Meera is based in London and is an advisory board member of both the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and Carbon Gap. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Chemical Biology) from UC Berkeley and an A.B. cum laude from Harvard. Dr. Atreya was awarded a US National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for her doctoral research on engineering enzymes to improve the efficiency, and lower the cost, of converting cellulosic biomass to 2nd-generation biofuels.

Education

PhD, Chemistry
UC Berkeley

AB cum laude
Harvard

Awards

Member, Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) Expert Advisory Group on Beyond Value Chain Mitigation (BVCM)

Member, Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) Technical Advisory Group

Member, Carbon Gap Advisory Board

Designated Affiliate Expert in Renewable Energy & Cleantech, McKinsey & Company

Fellow, McKinsey Social Responsibility Fellowship

Fellow, US National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

Winner, Harvard University Hoopes Thesis Prize