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A Santhosh Mathew, IAS
Chairperson
National Council for Teacher Education, Government of India
Cohort 6
Region: Abroad
Sector: Government

A. Santhosh Mathew is presently working as Chairperson, National Council for Teacher Education, Government of India, New Delhi. Before this, he has worked in Government of India, Government of Bihar and also worked as Warden 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 assignmnet with 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.

He has helped in setting up of 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 Development 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 implementation issues in livelihood promotion, water conservation, social mobilisation of the under privileged, poverty reduction, disaster management, agricultural research, sericulture, handlooms, information technology and governance 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.


Ajay Kumar Lal, IFS
Joint Secretary
Ministry of Law and Justice
Cohort 3
Region: North
Sector: Government

Mr Kumar received 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 kilometers 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. He also served as Head, SAARC Forestry Centre, Bhutan.

Presently, he is working as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India prior to taking this position he was Director, Dept. of Environment, Science and Technology, Government of H.P. Shimla and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi.


Ajith Venniyoor
Faculty, Journalism & Mass Communication
BHAVANS College of Communication and Management, Trivandrum
Cohort 8
Region: North
Sector: Government

Ajith Vennyioor is a Post-Graduate in Sociology and Gandhian Philosophy and a PG 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. Previously, 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 (www.ksudp.org) He is also a faculty member in the areas of Journalism and Public Relations in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan College of Communication and Management, Thiruvananthapuram


Anjuly Chib Duggal,IAS (Retd.)
Ex-Secretary
Ministry of Finance Government of India
Cohort 1
Region: North
Sector: Government

Ms. Anjuly Chib Duggal belongs to the Indian Administrative Service, and is presently posted as Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. In her present position, she deals with matters relating to Banking, Financial Institutions, Insurance, Pension reforms etc and reports to the Finance Minister.
Prior to the current posting she was Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India for the period from March, 2015 till August, 2015. She has also worked as Special Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary in the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.
Earlier, she worked at the State level in Government of Punjab in various capacities, including as Member Secretary, Punjab Finance Commission (2004-2006). In previous tenures in Govt. of India, she worked as Director in Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Joint Secretary, Information and Broadcasting, handling the automobile sector, FIPB and Film industry among other responsibilities.


Arpit Awasthi
District Technical Specialist,RMNCH +A
Uttar Pradesh Technical Support Unit
cohort-19
Region: North
Sector: Government

Dr. Arpit works at Indian Institute of Public health Foundation of India ( PHFI as Resarch Assistant since 2 years and studied at Academy of scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR). Dr. Arpit Awasthi is presently located at Hyderabad Area to flourish in to brilliant and exceptional, PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATICS, using his capability, confidence and intelligence in every aspect of Public Health Informatics. Executing any given project with at most responsibility, effort and satisfaction. Doing so enhancing his personal, organizational carrier and social value along with bringing new & Innovative solutions for betterment of Healthcare at Ground level to improve Accessibility, Affordability with better Quality of data for the health care seekers & Timeliness & completeness for Providers. Prior to joining the PHFI he was worked as a DentalConsultant, where his role was educating patients & community awareness along with dental procedures. He is holding Master's Degree, Health Informatics at Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR).


Chandra Mohan Bodhapati,IAS
Secretary
Revenue Department, Government of Tamil Nadu
Cohort-11
Region: South
Sector: Government

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.


Digvijay Singh Khati
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
Government of Uttarakhand, Dehradun
Cohort 6
Region: West
Sector: Government

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, ecotourism 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, Penguine Reserve, Victoria, Royal National Park, 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.


Dr Anoop Upadhyay, IFS
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
Conservator Of Forests
Cohort 7
Region: North
Sector: Government

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 Lucknow University. He also participated in an FAO-sponsored training in the USA with a focus on tree improvement and biometrics.


Dr Chitra Rajagopal
DS & Director General (SAM)
Defence Research and Development Organisation
Cohort 6
Region: North
Sector: Government

Dr. Chitra Rajagopal completed her PhD 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. Rajagopal is an outstanding scientist and is the Director of Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES) since 1st April 2014. She has been appointed CC R&D (Systems Analysis and Modelling) [redesignated as DG (PC & SI)] w. e. f. 14 December 2016.

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.


Dr Isha Prasad Bhagwat
Lead (Health)
Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India
Cohort 5
Region: North
Sector: Government

Ishaprasad Bhagwat works in the health sciences division of BAIF Development Research Foundation, an NGO implementing rural development programs. He is a part of a multidisciplinary team across five states of India and is responsible for planning and implementing several health projects involving primary and alternative medicine, nutrition, child care, and health policy research.

His area of interest is the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases. He is also actively involved in women's development activities in villages around Pune. This involves managing gynecological clinics, coordinating income-generation activities for women, and running a legal cell for women.

He is a medical doctor, with a postgraduate degree in community medicine from AIIMS, New Delhi.


Dr J Raghava Rao
Chief Scientist
Central Leather Research Institute
Cohort 5
Region: North
Sector: Government

Jonnalagadda Raghava RAO has been a Chief 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 Anna University. He is a recipient of many awards and prizes the Indian Leather Technologies Association, Anna University, Sulabh International, and Hari Om Ashram Prerit Shri S S Bhatnagar 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


Dr Kireet Kumar Pande
Scientist G and Group Head
G B Pant Institute of Himalayan
Cohort 9
Region: North
Sector: Government

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 Himalayas. 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.


Dr Thomas Chandy, IFS
PCCF-cum-Principal Secretary Forests
Environment & Wildlife Management Department
Cohort 8
Region: East
Sector: Government

Thomas Chandy is a PCCF-cum-Principal Secretary in the Forest, Environment & Wildlife Management Department of the Government of Sikkim. He is responsible for policy review, supervision of development programmes and law enforcement in the department. He has been looking at participatory mechanisms in forest development and conservation with the objective of empowering the people to become responsible for sustainable forest management. He is also a member of important inter-departmental committees in the State Government such as the one on sustainable road construction, Sikkim Science Council etc. T. Chandy joined the Indian Forest Service in 1985, and joined the State Government of Sikkim in 1987 as an assistant conservator of forests. During 22 years with the Government of Sikkim, he has handled a variety of assignments in the areas of wildlife, soil conservation, environment and pollution control apart from territorial responsibilities.

He has a Master's degree from Lucknow University (1981) and a diploma in forestry and allied subjects (1987). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D studies on the theme of "impact of climate change and socio-cultural changes resulting from developmental projects on forest use and conservation in Sikkim" at the University of Melbourne on an Australian Leadership Award scholarship of the Australian Government.


Dr. Girish C S Negi
Scientist (Forest Ecology)Ecological Economics &Environmental Impact Analysis Div.
G.B.Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Almora
Cohort-12
Region: North
Sector: Government

He is a Scientist (Forest Ecology) at G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development. Dr. Negi obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in Botany from Kumaun University, 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 Garhwal University, 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 research papers, technical reports/ policy guidelines for use of a range of stakeholders.


Dr. Jay Agravat
DPC- ECCE & Nutrition
Integrated Child Development Schemes, Sabarkantha District Panchayat
cohort-18
Region: West
Sector: Government

Dr. Jayesh is medical graduate and did Bachelor in Homoeopathic, Medicine and Surgery. He had covered wide spectrum of clinical and non clinical area from small clinic to big corporate hospitals in Gujarat. His clinical skill and hard work was frequently recognized by supreme authorities.

He got post graduate degree in public health management from iiph-Gandhinagar. After that he continued in hospital management with new initiatives and some publications for public health awareness in health magazine. Later on, contributed in non government organization with main motive to public health research where conducted research study along with many social welfare activities.

Currently, working as a District Program Coordinator –ECCE (Early Childhood care& Education) & Nutrition under ICDS department of government of Gujarat with primary focus on health and nutrition of children and women.


Dr. Shailendra Kumar Joshi
Special Chief Secretary, Irrigation & CDM
Government of Telengana,
Cohort 1
Region: South
Sector: Government

Shailendra is a multi disciplinary professional having vast experience in conceptualization, development, implementation and monitoring of various developmental programs and projects with the governmental, multilateral, bilateral, and UN resources in India.

Shailendra had participated and represented India in a large number of international negotiations and events. His previous posting in Government of India was as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forests (2001-2006) looking after Climate Change and other Global Environmental Issues.

He is an alumnus of the two most prestigious Indian Institutes of Technologies namely IIT, Roorkee (Bachelor of Engineering) and IIT, Delhi (Master of Technology) in India. He has been awarded Doctorate degree in the field of public policy. His PhD Dissertation on Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers and the Environment (the TERI University, New Delhi) is dedicated to a topic at the cusp of the economic theory of federalism and environmental economics.


Gurjot Kaur, IAS
Director General
HCM Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration, Government of Rajasthan
Cohort 2
Region: West
Sector: Government

Gurjot Kaur serves as Director General, HCM Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration. Before joining this assignment, she worked as Principal Secretary to Minorities & OBC Welfare, Government of Rajasthan and also held in various positions in Government 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.


Latha Krishna Rao, IAS
Secretary
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Cohort 1
Region: North
Sector: Government

G. Latha Krishna RAO is currently working as Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment , Government of India, New Delhi. Before joining in the Ministry of Social Justice, she was the 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 Secretary in the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India prior to taking this position she was Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Government of Karnataka. Bangalore.


Lokendra Thakkar
General Manager, CDM Agency & State Coordinator, GoMP State Climate Change Division
EPCO, Bhopal
Cohort 6
Region: South
Sector: Government

Lokendra Thakkar is presently General Manager at the MP CDM Agency and State Coordinator, GoMP State Climate Change Division at EPCO. He led the team at Climate Change division to prepare the State Climate Change Action Plan( SAPCC) for the State of MP.

His area of interest are Policy related issues to Climate Change, Natural Resources Management specially on Water and Biodiversity conservation. As Member Coordinator of State level Technical Core Group, he prepared State Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. He was associated with monitoring of environmental framework of World bank financed project on Poverty Alleviation in Madhya Pradesh. Prior to this assignment, he worked for more than three years as Manager, Information Resource and Public Awareness at the Disaster Management Institute, Bhopal (M.P.) India, where he was involved in preparing the model District Emergency Management Plan of Khandwa, an earthquake prone district of M.P.

He also had a stint with Union Minister for Rural Development/Chemicals and Fertilizers Government of India as his Additional Private Secretary. A broadcaster and communicator by aptitude, Mr. Thakkar has been actively associated with broadcasting for more than twenty years and has produced various features and documentaries of national and international importance on environmental and developmental issues and has anchored live shows on scientific and environmental issues on radio and televisions.

He has M.Phil in Natural Resource Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India. He did postgraduate in Chemistry after doing Bachelors in Science. He also has Bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.


Mamatha B R Gowda
Deputy Commissioner & District Magistrate
Government of Karntaka, Bangalore
Cohort 9
Region: East
Sector: Government

Mamatha Babbur Ramachandra Gowda has a wide range of professional experience from journalism to a community development. As the Community Development Officer of 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 an assistant documentation and communication executive 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.


Mr Anand S Jadhav
Assistant Conservator of Forests
Forest Department, Government of Goa, Panjim
Cohort-17
Region: West
Sector: Government

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
Anand Jadhav has a master's degree in Agriculture with a specialization in Horticulture from the Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani, Maharashtra and Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry, from Central Academy for State Forest Service , Dehradun under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. oOf India.
He enjoys his hobby of Photography , Travelling and Exploring Wilderness etc.


Mr Kapil Mohan
Principal Secretary
Water Resources, Government of Karnataka, Bangalure
Cohort-10
Region: South
Sector: Government

Kapil Mohan is presently working as Chairman, Karnataka Appellate Tribunal (KAT).Government of Karnataka. Prior to holding this postion he was 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.


Mr Satish B Agnihotri,IAS (Retd.)
Independent Director
Coal India Limited
Cohort 1
Region: West
Sector: Government

Dr. Agnihotri has been appointed as an Independent Director on the Board of Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited with effect from 28th March 2015. Previously, he has served as DG (Defence Acquisition), in the Ministry of Defence. He is an IAS officer of Orissa Cadre from the 1980 batch. He has done his Masters degree in Physics followed by M. Tech in Environmental Sc and Engineering 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 Joint Secretary 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. He also writes science fiction in Hindi apart from satire.

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 in US and daughter is studying Law in ILS Pune.


Mr Surya Prasad Acharya
Joint Secretary
Government of Nepal, Kathmandu
Cohort-11
Region: Abroad
Sector: Government

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 news papers. 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.


Mr. Rajeev Kumar, IAS
Establishment Officer and Additional Secretary
Ministry of Personnel, GOI
Cohort 1
Region: North
Sector: Government

Presently, he is working as Establishment Officer and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Personnel, Government of India. Prior to joining this position, he was worked as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance and he also held various senior positions in Government of India and Government of Jharkhand, Mr. Kumar also worked as Director of Industries, Government of Bihar from June 2000 to April 2001. From June 1999 to June 2000, Mr. 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. Mr. 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.

He holds bachelor's degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Law from the University of Delhi and did an MBA.


Ms B Padma S Rao
Senior Assistant Director
NEERI, Kolkata Zonal Center
Cohort 8
Region: West
Sector: Government

Mrs B. Padma S.Rao is a chemical engineer, working as senior scientist for the last 20 years in Air pollution control Division and NEERI KZL, Kolkata of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, NEERI, (CSIR) India. She has undertaken the projects of developing 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.


Ms Manisha Verma,IAS
Secretary
Tribal Development Department, Government of Maharasthra, Mumbai
Cohort-11
Region: West
Sector: Government

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 (bhoomi abhiyan) and successful settlement of land rights of indigenous communities settled in forest areas (vanputra abhiyan) through transparent and participatory mechanisms with involvement of gram sbhas 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 Associate 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.


Ms. Hekali Vikiye Zhimomi
Secretary
Medical Health & Family Welfare, Govt of UP, Lucknow
Cohort-13
Region: North
Sector: Government

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 Consellor 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 Indigeneous Communities. She is also currently a Consultant to the State Government of Nagaland on Disaster Management.


Raj Kumar Verma
Joint Secretary
Government of Nagaland
Cohort 6
Region: West
Sector: Government

Late Raj Kumar Verma had been a member of the Civil Services in the Government of Nagaland since 1983 and had also served as an Additional Secretary. During his first 10 years of the service, he was posted in the most remote areas in Nagaland where, in addition to his administrative responsibilities, he assisted in the implementation of programs at the local level through the UN award winning Village Development Boards and Communitisation Programme.

He had worked eternally on aided projects, notably the NEPED project (as Deputy Team Leader), besides others . His interests lie in sustainable development in tribal areas and improved methods in agro-forestry, especially pertaining to areas where shifting cultivation (Swidden) is practiced, renewable energy issues, climate change and people-led approaches. He was trained in facilitation and moderation skills which he uses in project management and social mobilisation programmes. He was skilled in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation methodologies, especially Outcome Mapping, soft skills training and project design.

Raj had served with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK government as a LEAD intern in the Environment Policy Department in the rank of First Secretary. He assisted in developing the UK strategy towards WSSD, Johanesburg. In 2001 he has been made a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and presented a paper on use of Outcome Mapping at the AEA conference at St. Louis, Mo. (USA). He had also been invited on the board of the Moderation Group, a core team in India dedicated to the spread of moderation/ facilitation in decision making, development and other spheres for participatory and sustainable development. He had done several consultancies for international donors like ICIMOD, IFAD, IDRC, World Bank, CIDA, Governments of Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Bangladesh etc. and was associated with The Missing Link, an Environment Education and Communications NGO. He had worked on secondment with the LEAD India Secretariat as Director Programs, and was responsible for the Associate training of Cohort 10 and 11.

His other skill were Resource Mobilisation that had enabled him to raise funds for several causes. He was also a member of LEAD's Capacity Development Team and has attended Training of Trainers in Cross Cultural Communications, Ethical Decision Making and Negotiating for Sustainable Development. Besides his normal government assignments, he was Principal Mentor for the Climate Change Leaders program in North East India. He was member of numerous boards like the Nagaland E-governance Mission Team, Climate Change Task Force, Electricity Regulatory Commission, South Asian Community of Evaluators and Project Director for the World Bank funded North East Rural Livelihoods Project in Nagaland. He was a former Director on the Board of LEAD India. He, with another LEAD Fellow, had initiated formation of the Eastern Nagaland Conservation Areas Network (ENCAN).


Rajiv Bhartari, IFS
Phd Student
Gone abroad for study leave
Cohort 4
Region: Abroad
Sector: Government

Rajiv Bhartari is an officer of the Indian Forest Service and belongs to the Uttarakhand Cadre. He is presently undergoing PhD at University of Montana. Before proceeding study leave he was working as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Environment, Government of Uttarakhand. He also worked 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 Delhi University. In addition, he has received training in wildlife management at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.


Recent Achievements



Rinchen Dolma
Junior Assistant
District Information Centre LAHDC
cohort-19
Region: North
Sector: Government

Rinchen Dolma is a journalist based in Leh Ladakh. She has done Masters in Mass Communication and Masters in English from Punjab University Chandigarh. She is a government employee working in District Information Centre, Leh. On daily basis she covers and writes press releases on the Leh district developmental news which are covered by a wide range of regional and state newspapers, magazines and electronic media. She is also the editor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh District Newsletter brought out by Information Department Leh. She has been writing on variety of issues related to development, food, environment and gender equality for Stawa news magazine in Leh. She was the editor of Reach Ladakh web news portal in Ladakh in her initial years and its annual tourist guide book on Ladakh.

Rinchen Dolma has performed the role of anchor in important events in Ladakh including Republic Day, Independence Day celebrations and national level conferences including the last Mountain Summit held in Leh. She has presented papers on Media in International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS) held once in two years. Her recent paper on food has also been shortlisted for presentation in forthcoming IALS conference in Bedlevo, Polland in 2017. She is a regular radio presenter in the local AIR station.


Seema Bahuguna, IAS
Secretary
Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Cohort 2
Region: North
Sector: Government

Smt Seema Bahuguna, IAS (Rajasthan 1983) is presently Secretary at Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises. Before holding the assignment, she was worked as Additional Secretary and Finance Advisor to the Ministry of Rural Development, GOI. Previously, she had 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. Her interest areas are 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.


T Chandini
Director
Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi
Cohort 6
Region: West
Sector: Government

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).