Dr. Leena Srivastava, the newly appointed Director and Head of the Ashoka Centre for a People-Centric Energy Transition (ACPET), expressed the challenges faced in implementing impactful, ambitious, and sustainable energy interventions for climate action. Overcoming the siloed approaches to energy transitions is crucial to drive progress. To address this, she emphasized the need for greater collaboration among stakeholders from academia, government, private organizations, and the scientific community. This integrated approach will help identify and overcome existing barriers to accelerate actionable energy and climate action.With her extensive experience and expertise, including her membership in the United Nations' SDG7 Technical Advisory Group, Dr. Srivastava brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role. Having served in prominent institutions such as the National Security Advisory Board, the Asian Development Bank, and leading roles in international organizations like TERI and IIASA, she is well-equipped to lead ACPET towards becoming a knowledge institution supporting India's economic growth, energy security, and net-zero goals.The Ashoka Centre for a People-Centric Energy Transition is currently prioritizing projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, governance of the energy sector, and energy transition finance. The Centre acknowledges the importance of ensuring energy access and security for all while working towards India's clean growth objectives. It is actively fostering partnerships with the Indian industry and the government to develop implementable models and generate valuable insights. Additionally, the Centre is establishing synergies with relevant academic programs at Ashoka University to maximize its impact.