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Name: AJAY KUMAR
Cohort 3
Current Organization: Ministry of Law and Justice
Current Designation: Joint Secretary
Region: North
Sector: Government

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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 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.


Name: Anjuly Chib Duggal
Cohort 1
Current Organization: Ministry of Finance Government of India
Current Designation: Secretary
Region: North
Sector: Government

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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.


Name: Dr Anoop Upadhyay
Cohort 7
Current Organization: Conservator Of Forests
Current Designation: Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
Region: North
Sector: Government

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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.


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

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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.


Name: Dr Thomas Chandy
Cohort 8
Current Organization: Environment & Wildlife Management Department
Current Designation: PCCF-cum-Principal Secretary Forests
Region: East
Sector: Government

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


Name: GURJOT KAUR
Cohort 2
Current Organization: HCM Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration, Government of Rajasthan, Jaipur
Current Designation: Director General
Region: West
Sector: Government

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


Name: Latha Krishna Rao
Cohort 1
Current Organization: Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Current Designation: Secretary
Region: North
Sector: Government

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


Name: Mr Satish B Agnihotri
Cohort 1
Current Organization: Coal India Limited
Current Designation: Independent Director
Region: West
Sector: Government

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Satish Balram Agnihotri is currently 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. 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.

He belongs to Dharangaon in Jalgaon District of Maharashtra.


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

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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.


Name: Mr. Rajeev Kumar IAS
Cohort 1
Current Organization: Ministry of Personnel, GOI, New Delhi
Current Designation: Establishment Officer and Additional Secretary
Region: North
Sector: Government

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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 positons in Government of Inidia and Government of Jharkhand, 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, law from the University of Delhi and MBA.


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

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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 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.


Name: Ms Manisha Verma
Cohort-11
Current Organization: Tribal Development Department, Government of Maharasthra, Mumbai
Current Designation: Secretary
Region: West
Sector: Government

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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.


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

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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.


Name: RAJIV BHARTARI
Cohort 4
Current Organization: Gone abroad for study leave
Current Designation: Phd Student
Region: Abroad
Sector: Government

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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 DelhiUniversity. In addition, he has received training in wildlife management at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.


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Name: Seema Bahuguna
Cohort 2
Current Organization: Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Current Designation: Secretary
Region: North
Sector: Government

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Smt Seema Bahuguna IAS (Rajasthan 1983) presently Secretary, 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. 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.