Cohort: 1
Designation: Additonal Secretary, Department of Expenditure
Organisation: Ministry of Finance, Government of India, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Anjuly Chib Duggal is the Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Finance Prior to this she was worked in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in the Government of India. A Fellow from Cohort 1 (India), she was elected to LEAD International's Board of Directors in 1998. She is a member of a management cadre in the Government in India and has been a development administrator in the areas of urban renewal, education, non-conventional energy, technology promotion, health and welfare. She has therefore been involved in policy formulation for pollution control, and has also administered environmental regulations. For more than two years, until the end of 1998, A.C. Duggal administered the LEAD India program. Prior to that she was director and administrator for the Punjab Energy Development Authority. Her educational training was in psychology.


Cohort: 1
Designation: Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs
Organisation: Government of Karnataka, Bangalore
Region: Karnataka
Biosketch: G. Latha Krishna RAO is secretary in the Department of Environment State government of Karnataka and is involved in several issues relating to the environment and the development. She holds bachelor's degrees in English literature, sociology and Sanskrit, a master's degree in English literature and a diploma in child psychology. Presently she is working as Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Government of Karnataka.


Cohort: 1
Designation: Joint Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance
Organisation: Ministry of Finance, Government of India, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Presently he is working as Joint Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. Prior to this he was Additional Resident Commissioner, Government of Jharkhand, prior to that he was the Director, in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India where current responsibilities include overall planning for Tribal Development in the country and management of various schems aimed at ensuring distributive justice amongst STs especialy for enhancing their education; income and health levels. Sh Kumar also worked as Director of Industries, Government of Bihar from June 2000 to April 2001.From June 1999 to June 2000, Sh KUMAR had been special secretary to the Government of Bihar, where he is responsible for policy and implementation of programs relating to 15 government departments in the tribal sub plan area of 18 districts of South Bihar. These departments include Environment and Forests, Urban Development, Industry, Health and Drinking Water. From June 1996 to June 1999, he was managing director of Ranchi/Jamshedpur Industrial Area Development Authority, where he was involved with new industries and industrial estates, allotment of land to industries, registration and diversification, and single-window facilities for finance, government, clearance and taxation.For three years prior to this, he was deputy commissioner in Ranchi, responsible for the maintenance of law and order and the implementation of social sector programs in rural development, watersheds, literacy, health and poverty alleviation. R. Kumar was also undersecretary at the Ministry of Environment and Forests for the Government of India, where he was involved with national programs for wasteland development, afforestation, regeneration of degraded forests and community lands development. He served on a national committee on forestry evaluation and developed guidelines on integrated land use and watersheds. He is author of 'Land Management: Scarcity to Surplus', a book published by SPWD. His interests include outdoor games, touring and classical music. He holds bachelor's degrees in physics, chemistry, botany and law from the University of Delhi.


Cohort: 1
Designation: Secretary Co-ordination Cabinet Secretariat Rashtrapati Bhavan N Delhi
Organisation: Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Satish Balram Agnihotri is currently Secretary Coordination in the Cabinet Secretariat Government of India. Prior to this he was Secretary Renewable Energy and DG (Defence Acquisition), in the Ministry of Defence. He is an IAS officer of Orissa Cadre from the 1980 batch. He has done his Master's degree in Physics followed by M. Tech in Environmental Sc and Engg from IIT Bombay. He later did an MA in Rural Development followed by a Ph. D on Sex ratio patterns in Indian Population from School of Development Studies University of East Anglia, Norwich UK. His doctoral research and further work on the problem of declining sex ratios in India has been highly acknowledged. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at CTARA (Centre for Technology Alternatives in Rural Areas), IIT Bombay. He has worked as Director General Shipping and JS in the Cabinet Secretariat in the Government of India, Transport Commissioner, Orissa and Secretary in Women and Child Development and General Administration Department. He was Vice Chairman Cuttack Urban Development Authority, CEO of the Orissa Renewable Energy Development Agency, Director Industries and District Magistrate in Dhenkanal District. He also worked with UNICEF Kolkata as Consultant on Child Nutrition and Health. His book on 'Sex ratio patterns in the Indian Population' has been published by Sage. He has also written a book of satires 'Mitti Ke Raston kaa desh in Hindi. Rajkamal has brought out an updated version of the book under the title 'Tahan Tahan Bhrashtaachar'. This book has also been published in Marathi under the title "Zopi gelaa KumbhakarNa" He also writes science fiction in Hindi apart from satire and prepares Hindi crossword. His research on declining sex ratios in India has been approvingly cited by scholars including Prof. Amartya Sen. He also writes satire and science fiction in Hindi. His wife Anita Agnihotri, at present DC SEEPZ, Mumbai is also a well known Bangla writer. His Son works on Urban Slum Sanitation and daughter a Law graduate from ILS Pune. He belongs to Dharangaon in Jalgaon District of Maharashtra.


Cohort: 3
Designation: Director, Department of Environment, Science and Technology
Organisation: Government of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla
Region: Himachal Pradesh
Biosketch: Mr Kumar received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and masters in structural engineering before joining the Indian Forest Service in 1987. Mr Kumar is now the District Forest Officer for the Government of India; he manages and administers about 600 square kilometres of forest land and resources in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Confronted with very real aspects of environmental protection and sustainable development on a daily basis, his main priorities are protection, conservation, sustainable development of the forest wealth and improvement in the living conditions of the people living within the territory. Presently, he is pursuing a master of business administration at the Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi. He served as Head, SAARC Forestry Centre, Bhutan. Presently he is working as Director, Dept. of Environment, Science and Technology, Government of H.P. Shimla.


Cohort: 2
Designation: Principal Secretary to Minorities & OBC Welfare
Organisation: Government of Rajasthan, Jaipur
Region: Rajasthan
Biosketch: Gurjot Kaur serves as Principal Secretary to Minorities & OBC Welfare, Government of Rajasthan. Prior to this position she held in various positions in Goverment of Rajasthan and Government of India. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in history. Ms Kaur is interested in gender issues, sustainable development, and human resource development.


Cohort: 2
Designation: Additional Secretary and Finance Advisor
Organisation: Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Seema Bahuguna is presently working as Additional Secretary and Finance Advisor to the Ministry of Rural Development, GOI. Prior to this she held various senior positions in the Government of Rajasthan and Government of India. She holds a B.A. from Handique Girls College and an M.A. from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi. In the future, Ms Bahuguna would like to focus her work on rural energy systems, particularly on the production of biogas. She also plans to contribute to the dissemination of environmental education in rural areas through existing adult literacy and informal education programs aimed at women's groups.


Cohort: 4
Designation: Chief Conservator of Forests, Ecotourism
Organisation: Government of Uttarakhand, Dehradun
Region: Uttarakhand
Biosketch: Rajiv Bhartari is an officer of the Indian Forest Service and belongs to the Uttarakhand Cadre. He is presently posted as Chief Conservator of Forests Ecotourism at Dehradun, where he is looking after policy, projects, teaching and research in ecotourism.Formerly, he served as the Director of Corbett Tiger Reserve and as the Divisional Forest Officer of the Social Forestry Division in the Bulandshahar District. He is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. His bachelor's and master's degrees in botany are from DelhiUniversity. In addition, he has received training in wildlife management at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.


Cohort: 5
Designation: Associate Professor
Organisation: Forest Research Institute, Dehradun
Region: Uttarakhand
Biosketch: Dhananjai Mohan presently working as Professor with Forest Research Institute prior to this he was worked as an Associate Professor with Wildlife Institute and Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh, and is a member of the Indian Forest Service, Uttar Pradesh Cadre. His main responsibility is to train the freshly recruited Indian Forest Service Officers. He previously was involved in planning and management in the Wildlife Wing of the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, where he was actively involved in preparing the management plans for the four protected areas of Garhwal and the Himlayas. Later he also served as the Divisional Forest Officer at the bio-diversity rich Katarniaghat Wildlife Division in the UP Terai. He has also served as the Silviculturist where he was conducting and coordinating forestry research in the foothills and terai zone of sub-Himalayan Uttar Pradesh. D. Mohan has published more than two dozen research papers, notes and articles related to the environment and development. As a college student, he established a nature club at IIT, Kanpur, and organized field outings, nature camps and talks related to nature and wildlife. He received his degree in electrical engineering from IIT, Kanpur. He received Associate of Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy diploma (honours) in the year 1990. His postgraduate work was in wildlife management and eco-development planning at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.


Cohort: 5
Designation: Senior Scientist, Chemical Laboratory
Organisation: Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai
Region: Tamil Nadu
Biosketch: Jonnalagadda Raghava RAO has been a scientist at the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Madras, since 1993. His research has generally pertained to the study of chrome management in tanneries. He has made several contributions to the identification of low affinity of the tetrameric species to the poor thermodynamic affinity and high kinetic liability. Recent areas of research include chrome recovery and reuse, use of electrodialysis for chrome separation, and minimum waste closed-loop chrome tanning systems. He has contributed to an innovative high-exhaust chrome tanning salt that has no commercial equivalents. This technology is being developed for a leading chromium-based industry, and is in the final stages of technology transfer. His recent work concerns cleaner- and zero waste-tanning technologies. He has written more than 15 journal papers and 20 technical reports and general articles. He is the first author of the leather industry's publication: 'A Workers Manual on Chrome Management'. He is a leader of several projects under the Leather Technology Mission of the government of India, and an honorary lecturer of department of leather technology at AnnaUniversity. He is a recipient of many awards and prizes the Indian Leather Technologies Association, Anna University, Sulabh International, and Hari Om Ashram PreritShri S SBhatnagar Research Award. J.R. Rao has a bachelor's degree in technology from Anna University, Madras (1984), and a master's degree in leather technology from the Central Leather Research Institute (1987), where he was a fellow of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research carrying out doctoral and postdoctoral research in leather technology from 1987 to 1993.


Cohort: 6
Designation: OS & DIrector
Organisation: Defence Research and Development Organisation, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Dr Chitra Rajagopal completed her Ph D from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in the area of Heat Transfer, after obtaining her Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Department of Chemical Engineering & Technology, Punjab University, Chandigarh for which she was awarded University and Arun Modi gold medals. Dr Chitra Rajagopal, Outstanding Scientist, took over as Director, CFEES w.e.f. 1st April 2014. Her research areas are Process Safety, Environment Safety, Explosive Safety and Heat Transfer. For addressing the stakeholders' needs for reduced land area, enhanced safety of explosives/munitions storage/handling and ensuring safety and serviceability of military munitions, innovative solutions for explosive store houses have been provided. Other completed projects are Design and Development of Heat Transfer Equipment and Combustors for MOD Applications; Integrated Software Package for Risk and Hazard analysis (RHA) and Disaster Management; Development of Ecofriendly Treatment Technologies for Hazardous Waste; Design and Modelling of treatment systems for contaminated effluents from DRDO Labs/Ordnance Factories; Application of Risk Assessment Techniques to Defence; Development of Photodegradable Polymers for Packaging Applications; Bio fuel Reformer for generation of Hydrogen. Under the leadership of Dr Chitra Rajagopal various infrastructure facilities have been established at CFEES. These include facilities for Environmental Monitoring; Chemical Hazard Evaluation; Analytical Labs; Characterisation lab for reforming catalysts and polymers, Simulation and Modeling facility for Non-linear Dynamic analysis of structures subjected to blast loads; Dust Explosions; Heat transfer and Kinetic parameter estimation for catalytic steam reforming; Pilot plant facilities for Electrochemical treatment of heavy metal wastes; Reforming of bio-ethanol; Test and calibration facilities for instrumentation used for Blast parameter measurement. She has a major role in formulation, amendment and implementation of explosive safety rules and regulations in MOD units storing, handling, processing and transporting explosives/ammunition and its compliance monitoring through siting, safety audit, hazard classification trials and accident investigation. She has also been responsible for implementation of environment rules and regulations in MOD establishments and formulation of Safety, Health & Environment Policy and Disaster Management Plan for DRDO. She has taken a major initiative in sensitising MOD users through training programmes, lectures, dissemination through electronic and print media. She has 55 International and 44 National publications with 1479 citations for 64 papers, 1 book chapter, 3 book reviews and 114 technical reports. She has presented papers in 35 International and 44 National conferences. Five patents are to her credit (2 granted and 3 filed). One technology has been transferred to Industry and two have been selected for transfer to civil sector. She is member of 4 international and 5 national professional bodies and expert member of various national committees. She has guided 5 PhDs. She is PhD and M Tech examiner for IITs and various other universities. She has delivered 40 invited talks at various national and international fora and organized 13 international/national conferences/workshops. She has received several awards including DRDO Scientist of the Year Award 2010. Other awards are Group Technology Award 2007, 2009 and 2010. She has been nominated for inclusion in Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering and Tech Museum awards for use of technology to benefit humanity in the field of Environment over five consecutive years.


Cohort: 6
Designation: CCF (Planning)
Organisation: Uttaranchal Forest Department, Dehradun
Region: Uttarakhand
Biosketch: Digvijay Singh Khati is the member of Indian Forest Service. Presently he is posted as Chief Conservator of Forests (Planning and Financial Management) Uttarakhand state at Dehradun. He was earlier posted as Director Corbett Tiger Reserve more than four years. Besides holding Directorship of Rajaji National Park, he was a faculty in Wildlife Institute of India. He is specialized to work in community participation, conservation education, eco-tourism and biodiversity conservation. He is a trained forester and also had training in Wildlife Management at University of New England, NSW, Australia and University of Bradford, England. Besides that he also worked as FAO-UNDP Fellow at Phillip Island, Penguin Reserve, Victoria, Royal National Park, and NSW in Australia. As a Consultant for the Stat Government of Arunachal Pradesh, India He wrote Ecotourism plan. This plan was funded by Planning Commission, Government of India. Presently he is the key person in the State of Uttarakhand to prepare plans for the Conservation of Biodiversity and Natural Resources.


Cohort: 6
Designation: Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development
Organisation: Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: A. Santhosh MATHEW is presently working as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India prior to this assignment he was Principal Secretary, Rural Development Department, Government of Bihar. Before assuming this assignment he was under gone DPhil at the University of Sussex [IDS]. He has chosen to take four years off from his civil service career in India to explore the relationship between policy and electoral outcomes. His last assignment in government was as Secretary to the Government of Bihar in the department of Human Resource Development in charge of Elementary and Adult Education and State Project Director for Govt. of India's Project for Universalisation of Elementary Education. Prior to rejoining Government of Bihar on the 1st of July 2003, he helped set up LEAD India as an NGO run by LEAD fellows in India. As National Program Director for LEAD in India, MATHEW worked for 33 months. Prior to LEAD India, MATHEW was Professor of Social Management at India's National Academy of Administration, Located in Mussoorie. After joining the IAS in 1985, from 1986 to 1994, he worked for the Government of Bihar in various districts as Sub Divisional Officer, Deputy Developement Commissioner and District Magistrate. During these assignments as well as those in the Agriculture and Industries departments of the State Government he helped the people and the State Government deal with policy and implimentation issues in livelihood promotion, water conservation, social mobilisation of the under privilaged, poverty reduction, disaster management, agriculatural research, sericulture, handlooms, information technology and governanace reform. He is interested in exploring the link between social movements and mainstream politics. His other passion is e governance and social mobilisation around issues of water. He sees right to information as a vital tool for citizen empowerment and government accountability.


Cohort: 6
Designation: Director
Organisation: Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Dr. T. Chandini works as a Director in the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The Ministry is the Central administrative focal point in the Central Government, for formulating policy and programmes on environmental issues. The Ministry is also the regulatory authority in the Central Government on implementation of environmental laws and for grant of environmental clearances. The Min. of Env.& Forests is also the National Focal Point for implementation for various UN Conventions and Protocols. Dr.Chandini has recently been posted within the Ministry to deal with the programme on Sustainable Development and matters arising from the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Rio+20 Summit).


Cohort: 7
Designation: Chief Conservator of Forests (PPP)
Organisation: Department of Forests & Wildlife Preservation, Government of Punjab
Region: Punjab
Biosketch: Anoop Upadhyay is building a database and mathematical models as Deputy Conservator of Forests for the Resource Survey and Management Division of Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. The database and models are to be used in decisions regarding sustainable forest management. He also teaches forest management to post-graduate students. He is a member of the Indian Forest Service. His work in the state of Punjab, has taken him to the arid regions of the districts of Faridkot, Moga, Muktasar and Ferozepur and to the watersheds of Hoshiarpur. In a past position, he was in charge of monitoring forestry-related activities. His Ph.D. in mathematics is from LucknowUniversity. He also participated in an FAO-sponsored training in the USA with a focus on tree improvement and biometrics.


Cohort: 9
Designation: Scientist and Head
Organisation: G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Almora
Region: Uttarakhand
Biosketch: Kireet Kumar started his professional career in 1986 through a World Bank sponsored Kanpur Urban Development project focusing on water and wastewater management He was later associated with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi till Feb 1991 on various aspects of environmental quality management; Environmental Impact Assessment; Development of emission and effluent standards for asbestos and mini cement plants, stone crushers and other similar industries. In 1991, he joined G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (A Govt. of India Institution) to serve the Himalaya. He has successfully developed the monitoring network of permanent Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and weather profilers across Indian Himalaya in collaboration with MoES and CSIR. He played key role in establishment of Glacier Study Centre of the Institute to study the glacier response to climate change. Besides this, he has also been involved in various other projects and consultancies related to land and water management in Indian Himalaya under Watershed Processes and Management (WPM) and Knowledge Products and Capacity Building (KCB) themes of the Institute, as a scientist F and Group Head. Some of his accomplishments are technical paper (more than 60) and policy documents ( more than 10) on various subjects such as climate change assessment, environmental hydrology and water management, catchment area management plan for augmentation of spring water flow, Village Environment Action Plan (VEAP) for resource planning, valuation of water (ecological and economic aspects), guidelines for rain water harvesting and location planning for buildings, etc. After obtaining Master of Technology (M. Tech.) in Environmental Engineering from I.I.T. Kanpur in 1986 he has been professionally trained on project management, EIA studies, and GPS surveys and glaciology.


Cohort: 9
Designation: Director (Information)
Organisation: Department of Information, Govt of Karnataka, Bangalore
Region: Karnataka
Biosketch: Mamatha Babbur Ramachandra Gowda has a wide range of professional experience from journalism to a community development. Presently she is working as Director (Communication) at the Government of Karnataka. Prior to this she was Community Development Officer with KUIDFC, she was responsible for the community development activities of Asian Development Bank's Urban Poverty Alleviation project. M. Gowda started her career as a journalist in Deccan Herald in 1985. From 1996, she worked as Communication Executive and later as a Product Manager till 1990 at Wipro. In 1990, she joined the Karnataka Civil Services as an Assistant Director. In 1992, she was posted as the public relations officer, Bangalore City Corporation, where she was instrumental in mobilizing community participation for BCC's developmental projects. The success of SWABHIMANA in generating sustainable community participation in developmental activities is one of her major achievements. In addition to developing a Community Participation Model for sustainable community development, she is interested in linking IT to the development sector. In her current assignment she is working on the Public Domain for the Chief Minister of Karnataka on the e-governance project with the main objective of providing the state with good governance.


Cohort: 9
Designation: Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
Organisation: Department of Forests, Government of Rajasthan, Jaipur
Region: Rajasthan
Biosketch: Shruti SHARMA is the Chief Conservator of Forest, Silviculure before taking up this position she was CCF of Concurrent Evaluation in the state of Rajasthan, (1987 batch of the Indian Forest Service, Rajasthan cadre) She has served as Associate Professor at the Indira Gandhi National Forest, Dehradun where she taught Wildlife Management and Biodiversity Conservation to probationers of the Indian Forest Service. She was on deputation to the Forest Research Institute (Indian Council of Forestry Research and EducationICFRE), Dehradun as the Deputy Conservator of Forests (Non-Wood Forest Products Division) where she conducted research on medicinal plants, developed herbal gardens, and taught Conservation of Biological Resources,Ecodevelopment,Wildlife Management and Wetland Management to MSc and PGD Biodiversuty Conservation Course students at the FRI University. She also conducted short term courses on Ecotourism-Planning and Management; Sustainable Development of NWFP and Medicinal Plants. Formerly, she served as the Director of Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur; Deputy Conservator of Forets(Wildlife) Kota managing a zoo and the protected areas (6 sanctuaries and one closed area) in 'Haroti region' of the Chambal river catchment area; District Forest Officer (Tonk)and Assistant Conservator of Forests, Bharatpur.She has taught biology to senior school students from 1983 to 1987. She has experience in protected area management. Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India has made a 25 minutes documentary on her work titled, 'Pride of India'. She has done her Bachelor and Masters in Zoology from the University of Delhi. She has a Masters in Forestry from Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, a PG Diploma in Wildlife Management from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and a degree in Bachelor of Education, University of Delhi.


Cohort: 10
Designation: Principal Secretary
Organisation: Water Resources Department, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore
Region: Karnataka
Biosketch: Kapil Mohan is presently working as Principal Secretary, Water Resource Department, Government of Karnataka. Prior to this he was Managing Director, Krishna Jala Bhagya Nigam Limited, Government of Karnataka. Earlier to this he was Deputy Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, New Delhi. He looks after policies in Distribution segment of Power Sector and implements two major schemes, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (which aims at providing universal access to electricity) and APDRP "Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme", which aims at reducing aggregate technical and commercial losses of the power sector. Prior to this assignment he was at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University USA as McNamara Fellow and worked in areas of Public Policy and Science, technology and environmental policy. His work focused on energy and climate change linkages and the public policy challenges being faced by the international governments. He has also worked with Union Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Government of India. He has served Government of Karnataka in various capacities such as Additional Commissioner of Bangalore City Corporation and Deputy Commissioner of Districts of Dharwad and Dakshina Kannada. He has also worked as Chief Executive Officer of Gulbarga district, in charge of rural development administration. Prior to this assignment he was responsible for preparation of state budget for three years. In these assignments, he oversaw the planning and implementation of governmental programmes at district level in his capacity as the head of governmental administration. He is interested in incorporating environmental concerns in project design and implementation strategies and also at policy making level. His experience in implementing several inter‐sectoral projects on sustainable basis has raised interest in making environment a public policy issue. An area of major concern for him is to find pragmatic solutions to environmental issues which meet the twin objectives of meeting developmental needs and equitable utilization of natural resources. He has won the international St Andrews prize for environment in 2001. The MIT‐SPURS program has awarded his paper the second prize in "Hidden Successes" an International competition on India's urbanization recently. Major areas of interest include public infrastructure, public finance, energy and climate change issues and application of good scientific ideas to solve environmental issues. Kapil is a management graduate with work experience in public finance, project management and supervision of project and programmes.


Cohort: 11
Designation: Director, National Advisory Council
Organisation: Government of India, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Manisha Verma belongs to 93 batch of Indian administrative services and is presently serving as Director, National Advisory Council, Government of India prior to that she was worked as collector solapur in Maharashtra. During her short span she has distinguished herself as an officer who combines within her courage and compassion, vision of a leader with practical skills of an administrator. She has coordinated World Bank, UNICEF, ILO, IFAD and other multilateral programs on reproductive child health, education, child labour, agriculture and development. She has presented papers on Child Rights and Land Right to tribals in various forums. She graduated in History & Law from Delhi University and completed her Post graduation in Human Rights. After completing her professional training from Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Adm. at Mussorrie, she worked as Assistant collector in Dhule & Buldhana, Project officer in ITDP tribal belts of Nasik and Thane, Chief executive officer ZP Thane & Collector Amravati. As CEO Thane she initiated campaign of promoting peoples participation in development process through activation of the gram sabhas and social audit that became model for state policy. She took initiatives for empowerment of newly elected women representatives , promotion of women SHGS , programes in reproductive child health care, joyful learning in schools and village education plans. As collector Amravati apart from land revenue administration, she took up projects on improving municipal governance, promotion of low-cost water harvesting through peoples participation and promotion of organic farming and elimination of child labour. Her efforts to update and computerise land records of nearly eight Lac farmers (bhoomiabhiyan) and successful settlement of land rights of indigenous communities settled in forest areas (vanputraabhiyan) through transparent and participatory mechanisms with involvement of gram sabhas won CM's award under "Rajiv Gandhi Administrative Reforms" for year 2001 and 2002 and were accepted as state policy. The National Commission for Scheduled Tribe recommended its replication to all state govt. With her vast field experience and administrative acumen imbued with commitment to serve the people Mrs Verma has been able to act as a catalyst to motivate her team to go beyond routine to provide transparent and responsive administration. As a LEAD Fellow she hopes to use the network for exploring workable solutions through a policy framework that reconciles livelihood interests of indigenous communities with that of forest conservation as well as humane resettlement policies for the people.


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: 11
Designation: Commissioner, Chennai Corporation
Organisation: Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai
Region: Tamil Nadu
Biosketch: Dr.Chandra Mohan Bodhapati is a civil servant from the Indian Administrative Service presently working for the Government of Tamil Nadu. He has held various positions in civil service and is currently Working as the Commissioner, Chennai Corporation at Chennai. He is also the Managing Director for the Tamil nadu horticulture development agency. His work involves working with farmers for improving their livelihoods by leveraging technology for improving production and productivity of farms A medical doctor by education, he holds a master's degree in management and has completed his PG in Environmental management and sustainable development. As Collector, Madurai he was responsible for mainstreaming environmental concerns into the development agenda. He was responsible for conceptualising and bringing out a Water resources atlas for Madurai which systematically documented the traditional water harvesting structures in the district. The food for work program was leveraged to rejuvenate traditional water harvesting structures ensuring that atleast one such structure was taken up in each panchayat. A new water harvesting structure built at Pallapatti in MelurTaluk, in response to the 50 years unmet demand of local farmers now provides assured irrigation to 10 downstream tanks covering an area 1100 acres. This initiative was entirely demand driven and was taken up and completed entirely with local initiative. Local people have contributed in various ways by providing land, contributing material or even labor. By harnessing ICT for empowering people and better delivery of services, Land records were fully computerised and made online for the whole district. ICT was also used to ensure timely and regular payment of pensions to more than 65000 NSAP pensioners in the district. Grievance redressal monitoring was computerised to enable responsiveness in administration. He has also worked as Additional Collector and Project Officer At the District Rural Development Agency, Kancheepuram. He was responsible for leading the poverty reduction effort in the district. He has worked towards enabling rural poor to participate in the decision making process in an equitable and transparent manner. Prior to joining the DRDA, Chandra Mohan was Deputy Commissioner in charge of Health and Solid Waste Management in the Corporation of Chennai, the local government responsible for the civic affairs of the metropolitan city of Chennai. He led the multipartner, multipronged HIV/AIDS control effort for the city of Chennai as Project Director of the AIDS control Society. He was also Vice-Chairman of the Tuberculosis Control Society. His area of work and experience in the past few years have lead him to focus on health and environmental issues, trying to understand the complex interlink ages between them and to take up interventions for reduction of morbidity and mortality in the community. He is particularly interested in the interplay of poverty, environment and health and their resultant effect on the Quality of life of people.


Cohort: 12
Designation: Scientist (Forest Ecology) Ecological Economics & Environmental Impact Analysis Div
Organisation: G.B.Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Almora
Region: Uttarakhand
Biosketch: He is a Scientist (Forest Ecology) under the Ecological Economics and Environmental Impact Analysis Division of the G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development. Dr.Negi obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in Botany from KumaunUniversity, Naini Tal, India. Before joining GBPIHED in 1993, Dr.Negi was a Scientist (Field Officer) at the Biomass Research Centre for western Himalayan region at GarhwalUniversity, Srinagar-Garhwal. He was also awarded the Visiting Fellowship by the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore. He has over 80 publications to his credit both in National and International journals. His current responsibilities include: Development of research programs, generate external funding (R&D projects/ consultancy), collect primary / secondary data on mountain ecosystem (particularly land, water, forest & Agriculture), data synthesis, laboratory analysis, data processing to come up with technical reports/ guidelines/ folders for use of a range of stakeholders.


Cohort: 13
Designation: Director, Census Operation
Organisation: Government of Nagaland, Dimapur
Region: Nagaland
Biosketch: Hekali Zhimomi has received a Post graduate Degree in Social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She briefly worked with NGOs as a Counsellor to recovering addicts before joining the Civil Services in 1996. She has held various positions in Government and is currently serving as the Director of the North East Zone Cultural Centre. She also supports the work of several NGOs in the area of her interest - HIV/AIDS, Health and Indigenous Communities. She is also currently working as Director, Census Operation, at State Government of Nagaland.


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: 8
Designation: Governing Body Member, Kerala State Institute of Children's Literature
Organisation: Government of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
Region: Kerala
Biosketch: Ajith Vennyioor is a post-graduate in Sociology and Gandhian Philosophy and a P G diploma holder in Mass Communication. Ajith is a keen student of Gandhian model of development, environmental issues and decentralised governance. He is former Secretary of Kerala Gandhi SmarakNidhi, the State counterpart of Gandhi Memorial National Trust based in Rajghat, New Delhi. He started his career as a journalist and worked with two leading news papers, television channels and headed publication division of Kerala Gandhi SmarakNidhi for about two decades. Ajith bagged three prestigious awards for development journalism in 1990s. He also worked with State Government as public relations officer of the State Literacy Mission for two years. He was in charge of establishing and coordinating continuing education centres as part of post literacy programme throughout the state and preparing reading materials, training modules, propaganda, publicity and training programs. The continuing education centres emphasize sustainable eco-friendly development. He has also promoted organic farming, appropriate technology and eco-friendly development through the preparation of related information and publicity materials and by facilitating training programs. He has participated in several training programmes in India and abroad. He is also a development / environment writer and author of eleven books out of which five are on environmental issues. He worked as consulting editor and extension faculty with Kerala Institute of Local Administration [KILA], Thrissur, a State Government institution dedicated for capacity development of elected representatives and officials of local governments, during 2004-2007. He edited four journals/news letters and 32 books. Ajith is presently Press Secretary to Minister for Finance, Law and Housing, Government of Kerala prior to this he was Public Relations Officer with State Poverty Eradication Mission, KUDUMBASHREE and IEC (Information Education and Communication) Expert of Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project of Department of Local Self Government, Government of Kerala ( He is also a faculty member in the areas of Journalism and Public Relations in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan College of Communication and Management, Thiruvananthapuram


Cohort: 6
Designation: Head - Gasification & Carbon Management
Organisation: Essar Oil Limited, Mumbai
Region: Mumbai
Biosketch: Purandar currently Heads - Gasification & Carbon Management domain, for Oil & Gas business of Essar. In this role he is involved in the areas on Petcoke and Coal gasification technology, Climate Change, Energy, and Technology space. Prior to this engagement, Purandar was a 'Chief Technologist', at Essar Excellence Centre, Essar Group, where he was leading the effort to look at business relevant Clean Technology assessment and solutions, focussing on Process and technologies for the group companies. Purandar joined Essar from TERI [Formerly - Tata Energy Research Institute], where in a senior management formative roles he was instrumental in setting up 3 centres for the organisation including one overseas at Moscow in the areas; Energy efficiency and management, Renewable and Clean technologies, and Climate-Carbon and environment linkages. He joined TERI with an industry background on Energy and Clean technology and supported by a career in research. Being an Engineer by training Purandar has a Doctorate in Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. During the past 24+ years of post Ph.D. professional career, Purandar has been involved in wide varieties of areas ranging from the entire gamut of Climate Change & Carbon Business, Gasification, Clean Tech, Renewable Energy & Fuels, Oil & Gas, and Energy space. Purandar is a Member of the National Council of CII [Confederation of Indian Industries] on 'Climate Change, Environment and Recycling', and is a visiting faculty at 'Shailesh J Mehta School of Management Studies', IIT Mumbai, India. Purandar has more than 70 publications in international and national journals, conferences, technical reports and books. These encompass the areas of Climate Change / Carbon Management, Gasification, Energy including Renewable and Clean energy, technology applications, environment and policy etc. He is also an advisor to National flagship and Global refining technology forums and has so far received several national and international fellowships and awards including that from University Grants commission, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy [Previously MNES], Govt. of India and from LEAD International, USA. Currently he is a Lifetime FELLOW of LEAD.


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: 11
Designation: OSD & DCGA
Organisation: Office of CGA, Ministry of Finance
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Currently working in the Ministry of Finance as OSD & DGCA prior to this he was served with Central and State Governmnet as Director, Niti Ayog and before he was with PMO's office as Joint Secretary and also with the Finance Member of Bangalore Development Authority, Bangalore, Sandeep belongs to the 1990 batch of the Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS). He has extensive exposure to urban and peri-urban issues, including funding and management of large-scale Infrastructure projects such as formation of housing layouts, provision of civic services like piped water supply and Under Ground Drainage, electrification, management of the urban space and interaction with civic groups. Apart from the six lane Outer Ring Road project, he has been closely associated with many housing projects which involved acquisition of vast tracts of urbanisable land and consequent handling of settling the dispossessed. As the project co-ordinator for the Metropolitan Spatial Data Initiative (MSDI) project under the Indo-French collaboration, he has been instrumental for the Master Plan of the city including protection of water bodies, valleys, natural habitats as well as green space in the Bangalore metropolitan region. His special interests lie in areas of conservation of lung space, water and its harvesting, management of solid waste, recycling of waste water through STPs and optimal utilization of natural energy. With a background of Economics and post graduate diploma in Personnel Management as well as a degree in Law, he has a sound understanding of the socio-economic and human issues. Presently, he is pursuing a Doctorate in urban management from the Sorbonne University, Paris. He would like to work on areas of conservation of water and water bodies.


Cohort: 8
Designation: PCCF cum Principal Secretary, Forests, Environment and Wildlife Management Dept.
Organisation: Government of Sikkim, Gangtok
Region: Sikkim
Biosketch: Thomas CHANDY is currently serving as PCCF cum Principal Secretary of Forests, Environment and Wildlife Mangement Department in the Government of Sikkim. His responsibility relates to promotion of quality elementary, secondary and higher education in the State of Sikkim. This includes broadly the development and improvement of institutions for updating teaching-learning skills of teachers and schools, development of infrastructure and vocational education in pursuance of the National Skill Qualification Framework. He completed his Ph.D from the University of Melbourne in 2013 for which he was awarded an Australian Leadership Award scholarship of the Australian Government."


Cohort: 8
Designation: Environment Coordinator
Organisation: Government of Nagaland
Region: Nagaland
Biosketch: 1962-2010 Late Shanchothung Odyuo (Sancho) was an employee of the Government of Nagaland, Executive Engineer from Department of Irrigation and Flood control Nagaland. He was a Member POU,(Project operations unit (NEPED) Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Development since 1994. NEPED was the first foreign funded project in Nagaland. It was funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Sancho trained more than 3000 farmers and staff of the Government of Nagaland. (GON) on Environment protection and Economic development. He was involved in project design and execution of watershed management, Agro-forestry projects in Nagaland. He developed a concept on sustainable water harvesting for the North east India through mini and micro hydro power to empower rural people. He also operated a credit management project on Agro-forestry in the most backward and rural region of the North-east India. The project emphasized high value low volume cash crops besides capacity building. He used participatory appraisal methods with farmers to improve their livelihood and economic conditions while protecting natural resources for sustainable development. Sancho was an Agricultural Engineer from Allahabad Agricultural Institute and had a Master of Technology ( M. Tech) on Alternate Hydro Energy Systems (AHES) from IIT, Roorkee India. He had 18 years work experience on Rural Agricultural development.He was a bio farmer of Passion fruit, Cardamom and Ginger. An Agroforestry Research farm to improve Food security. He was also the Chairman of an NGO called People's Action on Environment & development.


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.


Cohort: 8
Designation: Senior Principal Scientist and Head
Organisation: National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Mrs B. Padma S.Rao is a chemical engineer, working as Senior Principal Scientist for more than 20 years in Air pollution control Division and NEERI KZL, Kolkata of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, NEERI,(CSIR) India. She has undertaken the following projects: * Developed expertise in design and implementation of air pollution control system for small scale foundries and brick/Lime kilns * Performed about 150 environmental impact and risk assessment and environmental audit studies in various sectors viz refineries, fertilizer, steel plant,petrochemical,cement plant etc. * Carried out environmental auditing of petroleum refineries * Involved in research of flue gas treatability studies for synthetic gas generated from dust generator and controlling it through pilot scale bag filter, multiclone and scrubber She was also involved in carrying capacity studies for national capital region, New Delhi,India and Doon Valley, India. She has developed skills for emission inventory and air environment management. She is a life member of many scientific societies in India namely The Institution of Engineers and Chemical Engineers, Calcutta,India She has in her credit more than 15 research papers published in national journals and has 2 papers in her credit having been presented in International Conferences.


Cohort: 17
Designation: Assistant Conservator of Forests
Organisation: Government of Goa
Region: Goa
Biosketch: Anand Jadhav works at Goa Forest Department as Assistant Conservator of Forests. He is responsible for overall upkeep and management of Wild Life Sanctuaries viz Cotigao and Netravali, Community Development activities in and around protected Areas in South Goa. He is also responsible for all the investigation in regards to all the offences related to Wild Life within the jurisdiction. He has experience of over 16 years in Agriculture , Horticulture subject matter. He has passion for community based activities and is in initial stages for promoting community based activities in Protected area management and improvement in their Social and economic status. He has been a hard core teacher in the subject of Agri Based activities for capacity building and Self Entrepreneurships. He is an active member of Botanical Society of Goa for last 18 years and Vice President of Lions Club of Mala Fontainhas, Goa