Kusum Lata is a professional in the field of climate change working on policies, strategies and capacity building. Presently, she is a well-known expert on economic diversification and just transition of workforce, while she leads the support to international negotiations on the impact of mitigation policies. She has written technical papers for international negotiations, research papers in reputed journals and chapters in books in the areas of her career. She spent the first 15 years of her career working in India on developing technology for bio-methanation (waste to energy) and biomass gasification, and shares two patents through her research. She completed her doctorate in the field of waste to energy and published research papers in reputed journals. Later, she also established herself as a qualified technical lead assessor and undertook more than 50 audits in a duration of five years with UNFCCC for accrediting organisations for validating and verifying carbon emission reduction projects. She enjoys working on projects which directly impact the life of people especially in developing countries. This inspired her to work over six months in Togo, Africa to support development and implementation of projects like efficient cook stoves or waste management.