Cohort: 2
Designation: Director, Extra Mural Studies
Organisation: University of Mumbai, Mumbai
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Mugdha Dhananjay Karnik is Director of extra-mural studies at the University of Bombay in India, where she also earned her master's degree in sociology. As director, she has organized many educational projects and science-oriented activities for rural children and women. She has also successfully completed two projects involving local students in the study of their own village ecosystem. These create a database of local bio-resources as well as build students' awareness of environmental issues. Recently, she organized a three day lecture series for women and school and college students on various aspects of environment and development in a rural area which is in the process of industrialization. She organizes other educational activities regarding women's rights, women's health, the Indian system of medicine (the Ayurveda) and legal aid for rural women. For urban students, her unit organizes nature study trails, marine trails, painting, sculpture and pottery camps, aquarium camps and astrophysics camps.


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, 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: 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: 4
Designation: Research Professor
Organisation: National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: USHA P. RAGHUPATHI is a Research Professor at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) in New Delhi. She has also held the position of officiating Director of the Institute for over a year (in 2005-06). She worked with the UNDP (India) from January 2007 to June 2008 on a project. Her responsibilities at NIUA include guiding, supervising and conducting research on contemporary urban issues. She has extensive experience of working on issues pertaining to environment, poverty, infrastructure and services. Her expertise is in the area of urban services i.e., water supply, sanitation and solid waste management. She has conducted many studies on urban services and has also written papers on the subject. Her areas of interest include urban environmental issues and sustainable development. Prof. Raghupathi has professional experience of over 27 years. She has coordinated many research studies sponsored by the Government of India as well as by international donor agencies. She has written many research reports and papers for national and international publications. Prof. Raghupathi has a master's degree in Geography from the University of Delhi and subsequently received Post-graduate Diploma from the School of Planning in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She has done a short-term Diploma course at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She also pursued further training in the United States and in Sweden.


Cohort: 5
Designation: Professor & Director
Organisation: Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani
Region: Uttarakhand
Biosketch: Dr.Girija Prasad Pande is a Lead fellow and presently teaching History in Kumaon University, Nainital, India.He is the Sub-Editor of the most popular Hindi research journal on Himalayan Studies, PAHAR. He has been a Research Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. Dr.Pande specialises on Economic History in the Himalayan region and is actively involved in issues related Mountain Environment.He is currently working on the History of Water Harvesting ,Hydro Politics, History of Science and Technology and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) wish to relate all his findings with present day policy planning. Dr. Pande is also collaborating with Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, National Tree Growers Cooperative Federation(NTGCF),India and is associated with National Museum of Mankind, Ministry of HRD, Government of India, as its Project Director of the for Himalayan region too. He has authored a book on Colonial Excise and some of his forthcoming books are- Some Aspects of Indian Freedom Struggle, Himalayan Environment: A Scenario, Making the Iron and Selected Copper Plates of Chands of Kumaon.'


Cohort: 5
Designation: Professor
Organisation: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Presently a Professor in School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Krishna Gopal Saxena served G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Almora as Scientist/Head, Sustainable Development of Rural Ecosystems Programme (1989-95), Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun as Scientist-SD in Forestry and Ecology Divison (1985-89) and PPN College (Kanpur University) as a Lecturer in Botany (1981-85). Apart from the Master and Doctoral level programmes of the University, he is involved in research and capacity building activities in ecology-natural resource management-sustainable development interphase areas supported by the United Nations University, Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of CIAT and UNESCO.


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: 6
Designation: Professor & Dean
Organisation: Pondicherry University, Pondicherry
Region: Pondicherry
Biosketch: Doctorate in Physics from Purdue University in 1984 after getting Masters from IIT, Madras in 1979 and Bachelors from University of Madras in 1977 (Gold Medals; First Rank). Joined the newly formed PondicherryUniversity as officer-in-charge of Academic Planning in 1986 and became reader in 1987, Department of Ecology & Environmental Sciences, PondicherryUniversity. A fellow of LEAD International, a network of individuals working in environment and development since 1999 and was elected to the Management Board of the India Chapter in 2006. Coordinator of Sustainable Development (Masters) Programme in Pondicherry University (2005-08). More recently (2008-June 2011) served as a Counsellor (S&T), in the Embassy of India, Berlin. He is working in the areas of sustainable development, natural resource management and policy development. Prof Devi Prasad is currently Professor and Dean of Pondichrerry University. Earlier he was the Counsellor (Science & Technology) in the Embassy of India at Berlin.


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: 8
Designation: Assistant Professor of Architectural Conservation Department of Architectural Conservation
Organisation: School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Anuradha Chaturvedi is an assistant professor in the department of architectural conservation at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. In addition to teaching courses on heritage management and conservation of traditional building materials, she is working on compiling a database on building crafts & heritage buildings & is developing a computer based cultural resource system for Nubra, Ladakh&Zanskar For more than 12 years, Anuradha has worked as a conservation consultant with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage on a number of heritage conservation and development planning projects in Ladakh, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. One of the projects currently being implemented is conservation of the StokPalaceMuseum for INTACH in Ladakh. She qualified with a B. Arch. from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India (1985) and obtained her master's from the Centre for Conservation Studies, Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, University Of York, UK. She also has a Certificate in Archaeological Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, ASI in India; conducted research on conservation at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, Japan; and attended a course on use of the Auto CAD from CAD Centre, New Delhi.


Cohort: 8
Designation: Faculty Member
Organisation: Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore
Region: Karnataka
Biosketch: RustamVania is an independent creative communications consultant. As a graphic designer and cartoonist, he is interested in the interface between educational needs and creative design/communication solutions. He has over a decades experience in creating popular creative communication strategies for science, environment and development education. He was the founder editor and designer of Gobar Times, a monthly magazine supplement to Down To Earth, the science and environment fortnightly published by the Centre for Science and Environment. He is presently a faculty member at the Bangalore based Srishti School or Art, Design and Technology. He has a special interest in using cartooning as a medium of communication in spreading the message of sustainable development.


Cohort: 9
Designation: Prof- Department Botany
Organisation: North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong
Region: Meghalaya
Biosketch: Dr. Saroj Kanta Barik is Professor of Ecology at the Department of Botany (Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany)at North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong - a Central University of India and a University with Potential for Excellence. He is involved in post graduate teaching and research in ecology and environmental science. His research interests range from basic research in ecology to application of ecological knowledge for sustainable environmental management and economic upliftment of rural poor. He is leading a strong school of ecology at NEHU with 15 researchers working on such diverse ecological issues as biodiversity conservation, resistance and resilience mechanisms of ecosystems, molecular ecology, conservation biology of threatened flora, NRM Policy and livelihood, community forestry, climate change and Carbon sequestration. He contributed substantially to the development of participatory Natural Resource Management system in north-east India during the past two decades. He has successfully completed several research projects sponsored by international and national agencies such as UNESCO, Ford Foundation, IFAD, ICIMOD, Mac Arthur Foundation, CIFOR, and Department of Biotechnology and MoEF (GOI). Dr. Barik has tested alternative models for shifting cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh during his tenure at SFRI, Itanagar. He has published eight books and authored 65 research papers published in reputed national and high impact factor international scientific journals. His works have been cited world-wide. He is a Member of Editorial Board and Reviewer of several reputed international scientific journals. He has authored 20-year State Forestry Action Programme for Arunachal Pradesh, North-East Ecoregion Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, Meghalaya State of Environment, 2005 and Developing Medicinal Plant Sector of Meghalaya, 2007. He is currently Chairman/ Member of several important Committees/Task Forces constituted by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. Since April, 2009 he has been working as National Chief Technical Adviser to the Indo-German Natural Resource Management Project, Tripura. He has also been appointed by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India as Adviser to the UNDP project on Livelihood and Biodiversity Conservation in Arunachal Pradesh. His Ph. D. students are placed in important positions at reputed universities and research institutions throughout the country.


Cohort: 10
Designation: Professor & Director (Incharge)
Organisation: Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK), Kozhikode
Region: Kerala
Biosketch: KKulbhushan Balooni is Professor & Director (Incharge) in the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode. He teaches environmental management. He undertakes interdisciplinary research on environment, resources, development and policy in South and Southeast Asia. Within this broad area, he has been focusing on: decentralized governance; sustainability of local institutions and conservation; forest-based livelihoods and poverty alleviation; common property; community-based management; and climate change (REDD+). His research has featured in Agricultural Water Management, Conservation Letters, Conservation & Society, Ecology & Society, Economic & Political Weekly, Geoforum, International Journal of the Commons, Landscape & Urban Planning and World Development, among other journals. Kulbhushan is a graduate in forestry and post-graduate in economics from the University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan. He was a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Doctoral Fellow at the RBI Endowment Unit, Institute of Rural Management Anand and was awarded Ph.D. (Economics) by Sardar Patel University. He undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Tokyo. Kulbhushan has had past work affiliation with the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal. He has also been a visiting scholar at the National University of Singapore, University of Copenhagen, University of Tokyo and Wageningen University.


Cohort: 11
Designation: Vice Chancellor
Organisation: Mumbai University, Mumbai
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: At the age of 37, Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh was selected as Professor of Life Sciences at the 154 year old University of Mumbai (estd. 1857). He is currently heading the University Department of Life Sciences, and the only Faculty of the University to hold recognition as PhD Teacher of the University in three Subjects, i.e., Botany, Life Sciences and Environmental Sciences. Professor Sanjay holds a PhD Degree in Science, which he obtained at the age of 25 from the University of Mumbai. He was trained in China in 1991, under a fellowship from IDRC-Canada, in United Kingdom in 1993 under the Colombo Plan Award and at IIM - Ahmadabad in 1993 in areas of farm forestry, global biodiversity management, and management of CPR (common property resources) respectively. Professor Sanjay has extensively travelled throughout the World (except Antarctica) spanning 43 countries for research and inter-governmental collaborations. He holds life memberships and elected fellowships of several prestigious Societies and Organisations.


Cohort: 15
Designation: Principal
Organisation: Basanti Devi College, Kolkata
Region: West Bengal
Biosketch: Dr. Indrila Guha is Principal in Basanti Debi College, Kolkata before joining she was an Associate Professor in Economics in Vidyasagar College for Women, Kolkata & Visiting Researcher in Global Change Program, Jadavpur University. Her field of Interest includes Environmental Economics and Quantitative Techniques in Economics.She was the Principal Investigator of the Project "Estimation of Tourism Demand in Indian Sundarbans and its contribution to local economy" sponsored by The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE). She is also advisor to WWF - Eastern India on their Sundarbans Program. She was Case Study Team Leader in the `Developing an integrated framework for science policy interactions towards enhanced management of coastal systems in South Asia' project of Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN). Apart from this she is also the country ambassador for SSWG of Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), USA, member of INSEE (Indian Society for Ecological Economics) and ISEE (International Society for Ecological Economics. She has been selected by CDKN (CLIMATE AND DEVELOPMENT KNOWLEDGE NETWORK) in their Expert Roster. She was graduated as Climate Change Leader from Climate Change Leaders Initiative program which was run by LEAD India in 2009.She is a LEAD Fellow of COHORT 15. She is now Principal Investigator of an UGC sponsored project (Major) which deals with Sea level rise and displacement of residents in a island in Sundarbans. She is also involved in a project funded by Asia pacific network (APN): "Coastal Ecosystem and Changing Economic Activities: Challenges for Sustainability Transition along Chinese and South Asian Coasts".


Cohort: 15
Designation: Associate Professor
Organisation: Indus Business Academy, Greater Noida
Region: Uttar Pradesh
Biosketch: PhD in area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from WISDOM, Banasthali Vidyapith, Dr. Divya Kirti is involved in teaching, research, training and consulting in following areas - CSR, Organization Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Human Quality Development (HQD), Management Thought and Indian Management. Dr. DivyaKirti has been co-drafter of ISO26000 (International Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility by ISO, Geneva) and was elected member in the drafting team viz. Integrated Drafting Task Force (IDTF) as Developing countries' representative of SSRO Stakeholder Group. Currently, she is an elected member of ISO26000-Post Publication Organization Stakeholder Advisory Group. In past, she has worked with not-for-profit organizations and was Master Trainer (MT) for capacity-building of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Rajasthan, the programme organized under the aegis of Department of Panchayati Raj, Rajasthan & UNICEF. She has several papers to her credit and has presented them at national and international conferences, within India and outside. Dr. DivyaKirti is Associate Editor of IBA Journal titled, '3D- IBA Journal of Management and Leadership' and Editor of IBA-Greater Noida Biannual Newsletter. She is also Life member of Indian Women Pilots' Association (IWPA), Mumbai.


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: Professor and Head Centre for Environmental Science & Engineering (CESE)
Organisation: Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Dr. Asolekar is professor of environmental Engineering at the Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. He combines his teaching and industrial consultation activities with research projects funded by various national and international agencies. Dr. Asolekar received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Bombay and then contiued on to earn his master's and doctoral degrees, both in environmental engineering in the United States. In addition, he completed post-doctoral research at Harvard University. Dr. Asolekar's interests include hazardous waste management, recycling and recovery, waste minimization in the chemical industry, the modeling of global atmospheric chemical dynamics, the disposal and transportation of toxic pollutants into aquatic ecosystems and the use of remote sensing for marine pollution monitoring. He has made conscious efforts for promoting environmental awareness using media, advising industrial workers , schools and colleges, addressing group meetings and arranging field trips.


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 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: 13
Designation: Associate Professor
Organisation: Indian Institute of Technology
Region: Assam
Biosketch: Dr. Sudip Mitra is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, Assam. Prior to this, he has served as regular faculty at various institutes/universities viz. Tezpur (Central) University, Assam; Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi; National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi. He has earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi and carried out his Ph.D. thesis research at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines with a specialization in greenhouse gases studies from agriculture ecosystems and rice paddy in particular. More than 15 years, Dr. Mitra has been working in the field of natural resources management, livelihood, climate change (Vulnerability & Adaptation) and greenhouse gases management. He has worked in various National and International Organisations viz. M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University; Division of Ecology and Natural Resources at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany etc. Dr. Mitra also worked as a team member in one special international project coordinated by the Inter Academy Council-Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This project studied the Science and Technology Strategies for Improving Agricultural Productivity, Food Security and Environment in Africa and was carried out on request of then UN Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan. Dr. Mitra has many years of experience in working with farmers and village communities and plays a significant role in connecting science with society. As a Fulbright Scholar (2012), he carried out a short study on greenhouse gas modeling for Californian rice ecosystem at University of California, Davis, USA, under the mentorship of Prof. Johan Six. Dr. Mitra also served as the Task Force Member of MNREGA convergence of schemes under Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.


Cohort: 12
Designation: Professor, Faculty of Forest Resource & Management
Organisation: Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
Region: Madhya Pradesh
Biosketch: Madhu Verma has a Masters in Economics with specialization in Regional Planning and Economic Growth and PhD in Industrial Economics. Basically an Environmental Economist, she has done her post Doctoral research at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and University of California (Berkeley),USA. She has been an academician and an economist for over 23 years. Currently she is Professor, Faculty of Forest Resource Economic & Management, IIFM, Bhopal.


Cohort: 16
Designation: Professor, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development
Organisation: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Region: Uttar Pradesh
Biosketch: Dr. Gopal Singh is currently working as Professor in Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Contributed in the fields of analysis of various extreme ecosystems at subsystems levels (forest, domestic, agriculture and livestock) through opting holistic and integrative approaches. Qualitative and quantitative analysis have shown substantial marked differences at subsystem levels/landscape levels.


Cohort: 17
Designation: Research Assistant
Organisation: Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhi Nagar
Region: Gujarat
Biosketch: Abhiyant Tiwari works at Indian Institute of Public Health at Gandhi Nagar as Research Assistant. He is a medical doctor with experience in managing clinicians and running health care facilities. Later, to develop his skills he studied a post Graduate level program in public health management and recently leading a team of international experts to strengthen the health system by developing a first of its kind Heat Action Plan in South Asia. The project Heat Health Action Plan is a comprehensive resilience action plan developed by Indian Institute of Public Health - Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Natural Resources Defense Council - US,Climate and Development Knowledge Network - US and other Scientific and Development organizations as partners. He contributes as one of the key person in his project and helped in development and implementation of an evidence-based early warning system and preparedness plan for extreme heat weather events in Ahmedabad. He works on a variety of occupational and environmental health issues, environmental monitoring and evaluation. Helps in preparation of early warning systems and policy preparedness plans for heat wave related disaster events. Carries out Public Awareness activities. Capacity building of stakeholders in government, civil society and community groups. Dissemination of weather forecast through various channels including print, mass and electronic media. Organized Heat sensitization workshops/conferences for Ahmedabad traffic police, vulnerable population, health workers, and outdoor workers in partnership with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. He manages coordination and liaising with a variety of national and international stakeholders, follows up with City and State Health and Climate Change Departments and explores scale up and funding opportunities. He also has good experience of working on areas of Maternal Health issues and Health Insurance in India. He has also worked as an External Monitor for WHO -NPSP Gujarat State Office to do surveillance of Special Immunization Weeks carried out under Intensified Routine Immunization Activity of Ahmedabad District.


Cohort: 17
Designation: Director
Organisation: SIES- Indian Institute of Environmental Management, Nerul
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Dr. Seema Mishra is presently working as Director at SIES- Indian Institute of Environment Management, Nerul. Before that she worked at Centre for Rural Development and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. She has successfully completed many research and outreach projects with funding from different government and non- government funding agencies. Her research interest is in the areas of Sustainable Waste Utilization, Biodiversity Conservation, Phytoremediation, Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change. At post graduate level she teaches Sustainable Environment Management, CSR and Natural Resource Management. She has been actively involved in the dissemination of technologies at both rural and urban interface in U. P., M. P., Haryana and Maharashtra states of India. She has received Konark Memorial Award for excellence in research in biosciences in 2013 and Women Scientist Fellowship from Department of Science and Technology during 2004 to 2007. She has authored and editedtwo books and published number of research papers in International and National journals. She isExpert Memberfor Environmental Sciences in different organizations. She is Editor of International Journal of Environmental Sciences (ISSN 2249- 2127) published by IBH, Mumbai.