Akshat Rathi is a London-based senior reporter for Bloomberg News. He has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Oxford, and a BTech in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai.
He tells stories of the people and their ideas tackling the biggest problem facing humanity: climate change. He has edited a book of essays from young climate leaders and he is currently working on a book about scaling up climate solutions.
Previously, Akshat was a senior reporter at Quartz and a science editor at The Conversation. He has also worked for The Economist and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His writings have also been published in Nature, The Hindu, The Guardian, Ars Technica, and Chemistry World, among others.
In 2022, he won the Wincott Award for Journalism of the Year for an investigation of ESG ratings and he was part of a team that received the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing award for international reporting on methane. In 2021, he won a British Journalism Award commendation for an investigation of ExxonMobil’s emissions. In 2020, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Institute of Chemical Technology and his Bloomberg Green newsletter Net Zero was a finalist for an EPPY award. In 2018, Akshat won Journalist of the Year at the Drum’s Online Media Awards ceremony, and he was a finalist for the John B. Oakes award for distinguished environmental journalism.
Akshat has won fellowships from Columbia University and City University of New York to enhance his reporting work. He has also served on the advisory panel of the 2019 Cairncross Review on the sustainability of high-quality journalism in the UK.