LEAD Fellows




Outside India


Cohort: 11
Designation: Director General, Department of Customs
Organisation: Ministry of Finance, Government of Nepal, Kathmandu
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Mr.Acharya has been working in the Nepalese Administrative Service for almost two decades. In the past, he served in the capacity of Planning Officer and Local Development Officer to different District Development Committee offices and Executive Officer to the Municipality under the Ministry of Local Development HMG/Nepal. Similarly Mr.Acharya served as EC funded Rural Development Project to Nepal as National Co-Director for a period of three and half years. Further he worked with an IFAD funded Poverty Alleviation Project to Nepal as Project Coordinator for a period of two years. He has represented the local institutions and rural development projects on different national, international, workshops, seminars and meetings. He experienced in the field of local governance, participatory planning process, project management and local environmental management. He attained the master's Degree in Political Science from the Tribhuvan University, Nepal, with a bachelor's Degree in Law. Furthermore, he accomplished the Post Graduate Course on Poverty Alleviation and Post Conflict Reconstruction from the Victoria University of Manchester, UK, and he has participated the training programme on Advanced International Training on Local Environmental Management - a Multi Sectoral Approach to Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development, from Life International Foundation for Ecology, Sweden and Malaysia. Currently, Mr.Acharya has been working in the capacity of Under Secretary and In charge of Information, Publication and Documentation Section of Ministry of Local Development, Nepal. He has been decorated with an award of Praval Gorkha Dakshin Bahu (forth). In addition these he has published different articles on new dimension of development, and social issues in the periodicals and national newspapers. Moreover, He is serving as a member of editorial board for a trimester magazine Swashasan, the Journal of Self Governance & Rural Development, an official publication of Ministry of Local Development in Nepal.


Cohort: 4
Designation: Assistant Professor
Organisation: International Development Studies, Winnipeg
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Dr. Kirit Patel is an Assistant Professor in the International Development Studies Program, Menno Simons College affiliated with the University of Winnipeg & Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg. Dr. Patel has extensive experience as an academic, development policy analyst, and community development practitioner. His research is focused on food and nutrition security, farm conservation of agrobiodiversity, farmers’ innovations, technology and gender, environmental justice, and farmers’ rights. Dr Patel recently concluded an interdisciplinary project, revalorizing minor millets for Enhancing the food and nutritional security of women and children in rainfed regions of South Asia (RESMISA), funded by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). This project involved social and plant scientists and students from five Canadian Universities, and several NGOs and research institutions from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Dr Patel’s work under the RESMISA project was focused on socioeconomic and policy issues affecting conservation, cultivation, production, and consumption of small millets in South Asia. Some of the work done on identifying technological constraints faced by women farmers led to current phase of SAK project, led by Dr Manish Raizada, in collaboration with LIBIRD in Nepal. Dr Patel can be contacted at k.patel@uwinnipeg.ca, Tel: 204-953-3852. Published Papers and Book Chapters: Kirit Patel, David Guenther, Kyle Wiebe, and Ruth-Anne Seburn 2014 Promoting Food Security and Livelihoods for urban poor through the informal sector: A Case Study of Street Food Vendors in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. Food Security, Vol 6(6): 861-878. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12571-014-0391-z. Devkota, R., Khadka, K., Gartaula, H.N., Shrestha, A., Upadhyay, D., Chaudhary, P., and Patel, K. 2014. Farmers’ seed networks and agrobiodiversity conservation for sustainable food security: A case from the mid-hills of Nepal. International Journal on Biodiversity Watch, p. 1-32. [Status: Revisions accepted and in Press] Kirit Patel and Kathryn Dey 2013. The Trajectory of Environmental Justice in India: Prospects and Challenges for the National Green Tribunal, in Tim, M, Trivedi N and D Vajpeyi (eds), Perspectives on Governance and Society. New Delhi: Rawat Publications, pp. 160-174. Newmaster S G , R Subramanyam, D Shanmughanandhan, J J Chitilappilly, S Ramalingam and K Patel 2013. Genomic valorization of the fine scale classification of small millet landraces in southern India, Genome, Vol 56(2): 123-127. Kirit Patel. 2004. Plants, Property and Patents: Farmers Rights over Plant Genetic Resources in Developing Countries, in Erbisch, F. H. and Maredia, K. M. (Eds). Intellectual Property Rights in Agricultural Biotechnology, second edition. NY: CAB International, p. 95-106. Manuscripts submitted 2015 (under review): Gartaula, H.N., Kirit Patel, Derek Johnson, and M. Karthikeyan 2015. Agrarian transition, food security and small farmers: Examining the interplay between food security approaches and household wellbeing in rural Tamil Nadu, India. South Asian Journal of Development Studies, p. 1-37. [Status: under review] Matt Little, Sally Humphries, Kirit Patel, and Cate Dewey 2014. Decoding the type 2 diabetes epidemic in rural India: Patients’ knowledge, explanatory models, and narratives. Medical Anthropology, p. 1-56. [Status: Second revision of manuscript is under review] Warren Dodd, Sally Humphries, Kirit Patel, Shannon Majowicz, Cate Dewey 2015 Determinants of temporary labour migration in southern India, Journal of Development Studies. P. 1-45 [Status: under review] Barkman, Janna, Shailesh Shukla and Kirit Patel 2015 Indigenous agricultural knowledge-based school competition as an informal learning approach to enhance local food security: Case study from Anchetty, India, Pedagogy Culture and Society, p. 1-35. [Status: Under Review}


Cohort: 6
Designation: Ex-Head, Science Department
Organisation: Vasant Valley School, New Delhi
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Currently working as the Head of the Science Department of Vasant Valley School (VVS), New Delhi, Malvika Vohra teaches Biology to Classes 9-12. She has documented the Tree Wealth of Lodi Gardens, a 100 acre park located in the heart of Delhi, along with Professor H.Y. Mohan Ram of Delhi University. She was involved with writing of STL (Scientific and Technological Literacy) material for a UNESCO-CSEC (Centre for Science and Communication) Project. In 2002, she initiated the Citizen's Science program, aimed at making science more student friendly by sensitizing students to an array of scientific issues. Through talks on cutting edge technologies like Nanotechnology and Bioinformatics, film shows on Environmental Issues and photo-exhibitions on People living with HIV, she tried to connect science to our daily lives. Some of the events include Dr. Elizabeth Burns's workshop on integrating Science with Art, Pankaj Sekhsaria slide show on the Environmental and Tribal Issues related to the Troubled Islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Krishnendu Bose's screening of his film, Tiger Chronicles. Other initiatives include organizing a teleconference between VVS students and Astronaut Sunita Williams, creating awareness about a natural aquifer, NeelaHauz in VasantKunj and the participation of our Class 11 students in a 2- week long Science Summer School at the University of Melbourne. She was in-charge of the HIV-AIDS Awareness program at her school and has conducted training programs on Laws of Nature, Innovative Methods of Teaching and Assessments and Hands-on Science Teaching for Primary School Teachers. She has been a resource person for the LEAD International Training program on Systems Thinking, Negotiation, and Leadership and Team Building skills.


Cohort: 7
Designation: Manager, Terrestrial Assessment and Conservation
Organisation: Biodiversity Management Sector, Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Salim Javed is currently Manager, Terrestrial Assessment and Conservation Unit at Biodiversity Management Sector of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD). He also looks after the Bird Programme at the Agency which he established in 2002. Salim has nearly 20 years of experience of working with government and non-governmental organizations in a variety of capacities, including research activities, project development, and management. Salim holds a PhD in Wildlife Sciences from Aligarh Muslim University and has published more than 30 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, besides many short papers and popular articles. Before joining EAD, Salim was a faculty member at the Department of Wildlife Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University in India for eight years where he taught and guided PhD students. He has undertaken and completed several important projects on birds including satellite tracking of cranes and geese in India and has successfully satellite tracked many important species in the UAE. He has worked closely with several international organizations such as USGS and USFWS and is on the Executive Committee of the IUCN's PQF Specialist.


Cohort: 1
Designation: Professor, Faculty of Technology
Organisation: Fiji National University, Fiji
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Dr. Malay Ramesh DAVE is Commonwealth Scholar and holds a British doctorate in the field of environmental engineering from Scotland. He has worked for over twenty years for Indian corporate sector, managing several industrial projects in India and across the World before diversifying into the field of higher education. In 2008, he signed MoU with University of London for delivery of their academic programmes in India. He was Director of a few engineering institutions in India before moving to Fiji National University, Suva, Fiji as Professor in Environmental & Sustainable Development.


Cohort: 3
Designation: Ex Sr. Fellow
Organisation: Human Settlement Management Institute, New Delhi
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Ms. Gadhok is ex- senior fellow at the Human Settlement Management Institute in New Delhi, where she researches and develops course material for training programs. Ms. Gadhok has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in structural engineering, both from Punjab University. In addition, she studied computer-aided design in Nottingham University's Department of Planning in the United Kingdom. At HSMI she has conducted many training programmes on sustainable urban development and urban environment management as well as on disaster mitigation deriving linkage between environment degradation and natural disasters. She is currently developing a curriculum on healthy cities for urban managers and workers at the grass root level in the local bodies under WHO. She has many publications to her credit on the areas of disaster mitigation and urban risks. She has been instrumental in creating collaborations between her institute and many international bodies(UN, UNCHS, ADPC, DFID, WHO) for carrying out their programmes in the country. She was also involved in drafting URBAN POLICY for the government of India. Her main interest has been in the area of water harvesting and recycling as critical issue in urban environment management.


Cohort: 2
Designation: Vice President, India Partnerships & Programs
Organisation: Climate Works Foundation, Sanfrancisco
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Seema Paul is an environment and development expert who has worked as a journalist, UN diplomat, an institution builder and a grant-maker. She is currently Vice President for India Partnerships and Programs at the Climate Works Foundation. She was the founder CEO of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation in India. In the past, she has worked with Ted Turner's United Nations Foundation in Washington D.C. She was also Chief of Policy at the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS. Seema has a Master's degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland, a Master's degree in English Literature from Delhi University. She is also an alumnus of the prestigious St. Stephen's College in New Delhi. She was an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow and the International Herald Tribune Fellow at the INSEAD'S International Executive Programme.


Cohort: 5
Designation: International Technical Coordinator- Climate Change
Organisation: Concern Worldwide, Dhaka
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Saroj Dash has worked in the field of Climate Change and Poverty for 20 years and joined Concern Worldwide in January 2011. As the Technical Coordinator- Climate Change, he has been leading the multi country program on Climate Change across Bay of Bengal region. Previously, he has worked with ActionAid International in Vietnam as the Thematic Manager and in Sri Lanka as the Team leader of the Tsunami response program. He has also worked in India extensively covering Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha region while working as the Senior Manager of ActionAid India and as the Executive Director of Siksha Sandhan, a resource centre established by Agragamee in Odisha. He has worked in the field in various capacities since 1993. Mr Dash studied Environment Education from Centre for Environment Education in India under the Commonwealth Fellowship program and also obtained an advance certificate on Social Welfare Administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai- India. He holds a Masters and Degree in Law from Utkal University, Orissa-India. He has joined COHORT V of Leadership on Environment and Development (LEAD) fellowship program of Rockefeller Foundation and a member of LEAD India since 1996.


Cohort: 6
Designation: Country Director
Organisation: Marie Stopes International, Dhaka
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Anil Tambay has 26 years of management experience and is currently International Charity, Marie Stopes International's Country Director in Dhaka, Bangladesh since July 2009. Earlier, he was for 2 years, Oxfam GB's Regional Programme Development & Support Manager for East Asia, based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Before that, he was Country Director for Oxfam GB in Bangladesh for 3 years. Prior to this, he worked for 12 years at BAIF Development Research Foundation, Pune, a leading NGO in India; where he was Vice President at the time of leaving. Anil is very focused on Rural Poverty Alleviation and related developmental issues since the last 20 years. He began his career with 3 years as a field engineer on off-shore oil rigs in the North Sea offshore the UK. He then worked with the Tata Administrative Service in India for three years before deciding that it would be more fulfilling to work in the field of rural and community development. During his graduate studies, he had been associated with a voluntary organisation working with Adivasis (tribals) in Thane district near Mumbai. In addition, his interest in trekking made him aware of the conditions in parts of rural India. Anil has a master's degree in business management (MBA) from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.


Cohort: 6
Designation: Program Officer, Sustainable Development Mechanisms
Organisation: UNFCCC Secretariat, Bonn, Germany
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Panna Ram Siyag is with the Indian Forest Service presently working as Programme Officer in the Sustainable Development Mechanisms programme at the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. He worked as Chief Conservator of Forests in Rajasthan Forest Department before joining the UNFCCC secretariat. Earlier he worked in various positions as Conservator of Forests and Deputy Conservator of Forests where he was responsible for wildlife protection, forest conservation, training and research, and community forest management. He was also responsible for drafting the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for the state of Rajasthan under the process of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), an initiative pursuant to meeting India’s obligation under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Mr. Siyag has extensive field experience in forest administration and management, design and implementation of afforestation and reforestation projects, and facilitation of community engagement and participation in forest conservation programmes. His earlier work of on-site research and documentation of the economic and technical details of afforestation projects resulted in a highly acclaimed book titled “Afforestation, Reforestation and Forest Restoration in Arid and Semi-arid Tropics”, now in its second edition published by Springer. Mr. Siyag holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from JNV University Jodhpur, and a master's degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai. He also holds a master’s degree in forestry and wildlife from the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehra Dun, and a postgraduate diploma in public administration from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA), Paris, France.


Cohort: 7
Designation: Advisor, Sustainable Economic Development Division
Organisation: Royal Tropical Institute, The Netherlands
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Mona Dhamankar is currently working as an Advisor, Sustainable Economic Development Division, Royal Tropical Institute, The Netherlands. Prior to this she has been practicing as an independent consultant since August 2001 and works with government and non-governmental organizations as facilitator for project formulation, program evaluation, development orientation of professionals, process documentation, capacity building, and institutional development for field-based programs. Her domain expertise is in capacity building for rural extension and livestock-based livelihood interventions. At present she is on long term assignment (10 days a month) with the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) an apex organisation promoting dairy cooperatives esp of women. As a consultant she has been team member on evaluation missions to projects funded by CIDA and DFID in teams comprising of professional from India, UK, Nigeria and Canada, and has travelled extensively in rural (and urban) India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka. Prior to that she worked for 14 years as development professional in large Indian NGO (BAIF) operating in 9 states; as head of BAIF's Dr Manibhai Desai Management Training Centre, she was responsible for information, project formulation, documentation and training. Mona holds a Masters degrees in Information Science (MLISc) and in Sociology (MA) and is presently pursuing a PhD at the dept. of Communication and Innovation Studies, at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She is a Fulbright Scholar (USDA-NAL 1991-92), is trained in human process facilitation at the intra-personal, interpersonal, inter-group and with collectivities, and is a versatile user of participatory video for development.


Cohort: 7
Designation: Regional Director, Asia - Pacific
Organisation: International Water Association (IWA), Bangkok
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Ganesh has over 26 years of experience in the water and development sector. He has worked in the Americas, Africa and Asia at field level, with governments and international organisations. He is well known for his work on Transboundary Water Governance, Water sector reforms both urban and rural, Watershed development, Water-Energy- Food Nexus and in facilitating Multi-stakeholder Dialogues. Ganesh is a fellow of the London-based Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International Programme, the Ashoka Innovators for the Public Program based in Washington, and the East-West Centre, Hawaii. Prior to joining IWA , Ganesh was the Head of the Ecosystem and Livelihoods Group and the Head of the Water Programme of the IUCN Asia Regional Office. Before that he was Associate Coordinator at the International Secretariat of the Water Dialogues, United Kingdom and served as Technical Director, World Water Institute, CEO of IndianPIM, faculty member of Institute of Rural Management, Executive Director of INREM. Ganesh has published more than 12 books on water related issues and has articles published in a wide range of distinguished journals and magazines. He has been quoted in Time magazine, written for Nature, and has publications with IFPRI, ADB and other international organisations, Ganesh loves the outdoors, is a certified scuba diver and amateur photographer capturing wildlife and human interest. His development images have been published in various international magazines and books.


Cohort: 7
Designation: Founder and Chief Executive
Organisation: Climate & Development Consulting Inc., Canada
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Veena Ravichandran is currently Founder and Chief Executive at Climate & Development Consulting Inc., Ottawa, Canada prior to this assignment she was Senior Research Advisor, Climate and Development Knowledge Network at Overseas Development Institute. Before that she was the Senior Program Officer, Innovation Policy and Science at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada. Her work involves developing research capacity in developing countries in linking knowledge, outputs from scientific research and technology and policies for innovations towards social and economic development. Earlier, she was with the International Council for Science- Committee on Science and Technology in Developing Countries, in India as Principal Scientific Officer and engaged in promoting the linkage of science and technology to development in the South. She has a doctorate in biophysics from the University of Madras and a Diploma in Technology Management from the United States International University, San Diego. She has to her credit 13 research publications in referred journals and 4 edited volumes. She received a citation in 2003 from the government of Andhra Pradesh, Bhoovigyan Vikas Foundation and M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation for her outstanding contribution in science and technology for national development. She has held consultancy positions with LEAD International, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, UNESCO and the European Commission.


Cohort: 7
Designation: Chief of Field Office
Organisation: UNICEF, Katsina, Nigeria
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Y Padmavathi presently working as Chief of Field office at UNICEF, Katsina, Nigeria prior to this she was worked as Chief of Field Office, UNICEF for helping war prone Children in Afghanistan. Padmavathi worked as Zonal Director for Save the children UK, an organization working for Children. This is an international NGO who have done pioneering work on children's issues. She manages a team at zonal level. She is part of the senior management team. Her responsibilities include policy analysis, strategic planning, advocacy and influencing key stakeholders for creating better world for children. Prior to current position, she was involved in women's empowerment project, to promote rural women's health education and access to natural resources. She has been also involved in the Poverty Alleviation Project of UNDP in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Her interests include gender and development issues and the development of alternative models of livelihood congruent with sustainable development. Her bachelor's degree in chemistry is from Delhi University, and her master's degree in social work is from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She also has a post graduate diploma in Marketing Management.


Cohort: 10
Designation: Early Learning & Education Advisor
Organisation: Plan International, Bangkok
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Divya Lata specializes in Disability Rights, Education and Early Childhood Development and has been promoting early childhood and elementary education initiatives in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the CEE/CIS region. Working in senior managerial / strategic advisory roles in leading international organizations, notably the Aga Khan Foundation, Save the Children Fund, Open Society Foundations and Plan International, she has focused on child survival, health and development in diverse long-term as well as fragile contexts. This includes steering practice and policy towards universal access to quality education in developing countries; advancing early interventions for children '"at risk"; promoting quality in educational settings through pedagogical, managerial and systemic reform processes; realigning social sector initiatives in post-soviet reconstruction and addressing educational imperatives in situations of acute disaster and conflict. Divya is particularly interested in advancing the provision of developmental and educational support to children with disabilities and their families. Strongly driven by a rights based approach to these issues, she has not only been promoting development of inclusive early childhood and education programs but is also assisting NGOs to use the CRC and CRPD accountability mechanisms as tools of civil society action against discrimination towards children with disabilities. Ms Lata currently works with Plan International as the Early Learning and Education Advisor, based in Bangkok. She also serves as a trustee of the Child to Child Trust, London and is a Director on the Board of the Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood, Singapore.


Cohort: 11
Designation: Women Economic Security and Rights Specialist
Organisation: Afghanistan Sub-National Governance Programme UNDP Country Office Afghanistan
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: After graduating from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 1995 and choose to work in the North Eastern part of India. He began his career with a small NGO called Nagaland Gandhi Ashram in a small village in Nagaland after a year he joined a World Bank aided Project in tripura, later took up an important assignment with the North East Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCRMP) of the Government of India and International Fund for Agricultural Development. During his professional commitment to this project spread across three states in the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hot-spot of the northeastern region of India, He took up the leadership of contributing particularly in the natural resources management, community mobilization, coordination and networking, design and development of programs, and process of capacity development in collaboration with state governments, district administrations and councils and a number of successful NGOs and CBOs in the region. He has been instrumental in promoting SHGs and women thrift groups in the project areas. On completion of this assignment at the NERCRMP, went on higher to work with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) through which he continue to contribute productively and positively both in training, concept development and project implementation in the areas of environment and development, not only in the northeastern region of India but across the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region. In his present job have had the opportunity to travel extensive in the Hindu Kush Himalayan countries and have experience in looking activities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Myanmar. Mr. Anil is currently working for the United Nations Women in Afghanistan in the capacity of Women Economic Security and Rights specialist. Mr. Anil has strong experience in Planning and implementation strategies, monitoring and evaluation of the current development initiatives in the HKH region. Initiating policy dialogues and participating as key trainer on various community Mobilization and Institutional programmes. Identifying project issues to be addressed through technical and institutional support; Planning and designing proposals for implementation support to projects; Designing a monitoring system (logframes, trigger indicators, proposed outputs and outcomes); Establishing and continuing linkages with an array of partners, i.e. project staff, government officials, policy makers, NGOs and private sector; Ensuring follow up and frequent communication with partners; Quality control of ongoing work in 5 countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan); Writing documents (Annual Work Plan and Budget, Memorandum of Understandings, Terms of References, Progress reports, Supervision submissions); Making budgets and regular monitoring; Creating networks with and between partners; and Liaising with ICIMOD professionals. He considers himself as a promise of future career of leadership in these areas bringing in notable impact among the people of the region. Mr. Anil is honest, hardworking and committed with capacity for clear, creative, entrepreneurial and strategic thinking and ability to deliver, both in expression and action. As a trainer and communication expert, he comes with excellent inter-personal communication skills and a good comprehension of the English language both in written and oral abilities. He could further improve his personal and professional horizons to the best advantage of refining and sharpening his skills for self, the organization he is working in and the communities he live and work with.


Cohort: 11
Designation: Indipendent Consultant & PhD student
Organisation: Cambridge University, Cambridge
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Girija Godbole is currently doing Ph.d. at University of Cambridge under Gates Cambridge Trust scholarship. Her research seeks to understand the changing relationship between land and women in rapidly changing rural society in western Maharashtra, India. Previously she coordinated a research project for University of Cambridge which focused on understanding perceptions of various stakeholders of participatory forest management in India. In addition to assistance in data collection and analysis, she was also involved in developing and implementing uptake and communication activities in this study. She has worked with Centre for Environment Education and World Wide Fund for Nature Pune divisional office. Girija has worked as researcher/writer for a developmental portal infochangeindia.org managed by Centre for Communication and Development Studies. She participated in ‘Save the Western Ghats March’ organized in 1987-88 to study the environmental and developmental issues and is keen to join efforts in reviving the network of organisations and individuals working in the Western Ghats area. She played a pivotal role in the Maharashtra State Participatory Forest Management Network as its co-convenor. She has been associated with a Pune based organisation, Jeevan Sanstha since1995 and has been assisting in its watershed development activities and women’s empowerment initiatives. Girija is interested in strengthening efforts to build capacities of rural women through participatory natural resource management. She is particularly keen on using traditional and modern media for raising awareness that will ultimately feed into action towards environmental protection and conservation. Girija recently completed her M.Phil. in environment, Society and Development from University of Cambridge. She did her post-graduation in Anthropology from University of Pune in 1995 and undertook eight months certificate course in environment education at the Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad. She is a recepient of Robert S McNamara Fellowship of the World Bank for ‘Role of NGOs in Development’ in 1997-98 and British Chevening Scholarship for Young Indian Environment Managers in 2001. She was awarded Commonwealth Professional Fellowship to work at International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) at London in 2006.


Cohort: 7
Designation: Editor, GULF Tribune
Organisation: Gulf Tribune, Qatar
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Ajit Kumar JHA is launching the GULF Tribune from Doha, Qatar in Feb-March 2006. He will be the Editor, of the new English-French daily, a fiercely independent editorially driven newspaper which plans to build a brand as respected in the Middle East as Al Jazeera, the TV channel broadcasted from Doha. These days Ajit is busy recruiting for the paper, working out strategic partnerships with other news agencies and newspapers globally and working out the editorial policy as well the layout, design, and other details. Until recently, Ajit has been the Editor, of Oman Tribune, at Muscat, Oman. Ajit launched the Oman Tribune in 2004 and managed to turn the media market upside down in a short interval. Under Ajit’s leadership Oman Tribune turned out to be the number one editorial product of Oman. Ajit received Oman’s most prestigious award for his series on the paradoxes of Omanisation and liberalisation. In India, Ajit was a senior editor at India Today in New Delhi. India Today is the country's leading newsmagazine. He headed the election cell of the magazine and was the leading psephologist (pollster) for the TV Today networks (Aaj Tak and Headlines Today). Other than conducting national level opinion polls he wrote extensively on politics, development and other issues. In the past, Ajit has been the Senior Associate editor with The Indian Express in New Delhi. He looked after The Sunday Express and has also launched the Lucknow edition of the paper and has been a Resident Editor of the Bombay Edition. He was previously with The Times of India as their Resident Editor for the Patna edition and as a senior assistant editor for their editorial page in New Delhi. He also taught at the Times School of Journalism and Management. He has worked as an Assistant Editor for The Hindustan Times, in New Delhi and has been the California Correspondent for India Today. All three newspapers are leading English language dailies in India. He writes on subjects both global and local issues. Areas of special interest include international politics, democracy and economic development and the environment. AS a graduate student, Ajit attended the University of California, Los Angeles, USA for a doctorate in political science and has an M Litt in Politics from the University of Oxford, England. His research on Democracy and Development included finding the links between electoral outcomes and development programmes. At Oxford, he wrote a thesis on the politics of economic crisis. He has also taught at the UCLA for four years. He was awarded the Inlaks Scholarship and the Radhakrishnan Bequest while at Oxford, the American Institute of Indian Studies fellowship from the Smithsonian Foundation at the UCLA. He was also a Salzburg Seminarist and received the Lead Fellowship in 1998. He also attended the 10th World Report conference at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta and in New York. He is a LEAD Fellow.


Cohort: 7
Designation: Chief Policy Advisor
Organisation: ICIMOD, Kathmandu
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: B. M. S. Rathore an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer of 1982 batch from Madhya Pradesh cadre who on central deputation was posted as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) had joined on July 29,2010. Earlier, B.M. S. Rathore was Senior Advisor with the Winrock International (a body dealing in spheres of bio diversity and climate changes). Brij Mohan Singh RATHORE is a trainer and researcher at the Wildlife Institute of India where he specializes in the area of ecologically sustainable development in the context of protected areas (eco-development). He is responsible for designing and implementing training programs in the area of integrated conservation and development for protected area managers, field staff, NGOs and local communities. He has more than a decade of experience as a field forester and has initiated and developed strategies for joint management of forests by government and local communities. His master's degree in botany is from AgraUniversity and a post graduate diploma in forestry is from the Indian Forest College, Dehra Dun


Cohort: 9
Designation: Head - Sustainability and Climate Business - Global Financial Markets
Organisation: IFC, New York
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Mr. Narayanan is currently the Head of the Sustainability and Climate Business Unit in the Global Financial Markets department at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Also part of the Climate Business Group in IFC, his team is mandated with the role of growing the financing of climate change mitigation and sustainability projects through financial market clients of IFC in areas such as Sustainable Energy, Sustainable value chains, Cleaner Production, and sustainable logistics. He has experience both within and prior to IFC in looking at the sustainability aspects in emerging financial markets covering both E&S risk management as well as opportunities. He has over 18 years experience in Environment health and Safety management associated with financial institutions, chemical and engineering industry. He has also worked on industrial loss prevention, alternative models for financing sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, carbon finance and new technology areas. He has post graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Safety Engineering, is a Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management, London, a LEAD Fellow and an Associate life member of the Indian Society of Applied Behavioral Science.


Cohort: 1
Designation: Chief, Business and Trade Policy, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Organisation: International Trade Centre (ITC)
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Rajesh AGGARWAL manages ITC's programme on strengthening the integration of the business sector into the global economy. The programme engages the public and private sectors in a dialogue on trade policy for enhancing export competitiveness; helps business associations articulate their interests to policymakers; and makes policymakers aware of the business implications of trade policy and attendant regulatory measures. Mr. Aggarwal previously spent 22 years in senior positions with the Government of India, serving as its negotiator in the Doha Round. He has published on such topics as the role of the private sector in aid for trade, and the dynamics of the WTO agriculture negotiations. He has a special interest in population growth and the environment and its antecedent problems. He obtained a gold medal in marketing in PGIM; his hobbies include playing cricket and table tennis. He holds a master's degree and a postgraduate diploma in management.


Cohort: 1
Designation: National Education Advisor
Organisation: Ministry of Education, Government of Nepal, Kathmandu
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Dhir Jhingran is an Officer of The Indian Administrative Service, with more than sixteen years of varied experience at the district, state and national level. He has worked extensively in the area of elementary education in the past twelve years in several capacities as state level Project Director of externally aided projects, National Programme Manager of UN funded and other Government Projects, in state and national level policy planning positions, and recently as an independent researcher.His interests in the area of education include education of the poor and disadvantaged groups, community involvement in school processes, educational reform including administrative reform in the education system etc. Jhingran is also keenly interested in issues of primary health care and delivery of basic health services.The "Janashala Project", (Joint government of India and UN Project), of which Jhingran was the National Programme Manager for a significant period has been awarded the prestigious ECOSOC International Award.PAPERS PUBLISHED / UNDER PUBLICATION.1.District Primary Education Programme: Organisation and Experience" in "External Aid in Basic Education", NUFFIC, 20002. "Universalisation Of Primary Education : Current Policies and Perspectives" (SAGE India.) Research Work under Publication Elementary Education for the Poorest and Other Deprived Groups: the real challenge. Presently he is working as National Education Advisor, Ministry of Education in Government of Nepal, prior to this he was Chief Operating Officer in Room to Read an NGO working the in the field of women and child issues.


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Designation: Advisor, Climate Change Adaptation
Organisation: GIZ, New Delhi, KfW, Germany
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Ms. Anna Kalisch has been working for Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) since 2009 focusing on rural development, sustainable natural resource management and climate change adaptation. In 2011 Anna shifted from GIZ head office in Germany to New Delhi and coordinated the Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas of India-project which was implemented in the partner states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Anna was responsible for the overall project management (finance, human resources, monitoring) and liaison with internal and external stakeholders (government counterparts at national and state level, non-government organizations, academia). Further, she was involved in Capacity Building initiatives for Climate Change Adaptation, in testing and further development of methods like Climate Proofing, Vulnerability Assessment, and documenting learning from experiences. Since April 2014 Anna is working as a Climate Change Adaptation Expert for the German development bank KfW and is based out of Frankfurt. Anna holds a diploma in Geography (equivalent to MSc Geography) from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany. During her studies Anna focused on natural resources (hydrology, geology) and planning instruments like Geographical Information Systems. She has gained work experience in Africa, Europe and India in different fields and organisations, e.g. in a planning department and a private map data provider.