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A Santhosh Mathew, IAS
National Council for Teacher Education, Government of India
New Delhi

A. Santhosh Mathew is presently working as the Chairperson of National Council for Teacher Education, Government of India, New Delhi. Before this, he has worked with 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 to explore the relationship between policy and electoral outcomes. His last assignment was as a 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 Narayanan
Manager- Development Operations, Internal Audit
World Bank, Washington DC
United States of America (USA)

Mr. Narayanan is currently the Head of the Sustainability and Climate Business Unit in the Global Financial Markets department at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Also part of the Climate Business Group in IFC, his team is mandated with the role of growing the financing of climate change mitigation and sustainability projects through financial market clients of IFC in areas such as Sustainable Energy, Sustainable value chains, Cleaner Production, and sustainable logistics. He has experience in looking at the sustainability aspects in emerging financial markets covering both E&S risk management as well as opportunities. He has over 18 years experience in Environment health and Safety management associated with financial institutions, chemical and engineering industry. He has also worked on industrial loss prevention, alternative models for financing sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, carbon finance and new technology areas.

Prior to his current role, he was the Head of the Sustainability and Climate Business Unit in the Global Financial Markets department at the IFC. He has over 25 years of experience in Environment Health and Safety Management associated with financial institutions, chemical and engineering industry. He has also worked on industrial loss prevention, alternative models for financing sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, carbon finance and new technology areas.

He has post graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Safety Engineering, is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management, London, a LEAD Fellow and an Associate life member of the Indian Society of Applied Behavioral Science.

His interests include the application of complexity theory in organizational behavior and management, organizational coaching, scaling transformational initiatives, measuring and incentivizing development.

Ajay Kumar Lal, IFS
Joint Secretary
Ministry of Law and Justice
New Delhi

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. Understanding importance of environmental protection and sustainable development in daily lives, 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 has also served as the Head, SAARC Forestry Centre, Bhutan.

Presently, he is working as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India. Previously, he was the Director of Dept. of Environment, Science and Technology, Government of Himachal Pradesh and is pursuing 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

Ajith is a faculty at the department of Journalism and Public Relations in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan College of Communication and Management, Thiruvananthapuram. He is a follower 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, New Delhi. He started his career as a journalist and worked at 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 the State Government as Public Relations Officer of the State Literacy Mission. He was in charge of establishing and continuing education centres throughout the state and preparing reading materials, training modules, propaganda, publicity and training programs with emphasis on sustainable eco-friendly development.

Ajith is presently the Press Secretary to the 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. He is also the Judicial Member of Child Welfare Committee, Department of Social Justice, Government of Kerala.

Mr. Venniyoor is a development-environment writer and author of eleven books. 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.

Ajith Vennyioor is a Post-Graduate in Sociology and Gandhian Philosophy and a PG diploma holder in Mass Communication.

Anand S Jadhav,IFS
Assistant Conservator of Forests
Forest Department, Government of Goa, Panjim

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 also 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. of India.

Anjuly Chib Duggal,IAS (Retd.)
Ministry of Finance Government of India
New Delhi

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.

Previously, 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 with 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
Uttar Pradesh

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. Before PHFI, he worked as a Dental Consultant, 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
Revenue and Disaster management Department, Government of Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu

Dr. Chandra Mohan Bodhapati is an IAS Officer presently working for the Government of Tamil Nadu as the Commissioner, Chennai Corporation. He is also the Managing Director for the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Development Agency, working with farmers for improving their livelihoods by leveraging technology for improving farm production and productivity.

A medical doctor by education, he holds a Master's degree in Management and has completed his Post Graduation in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development.

As Collector of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, he mainstreamed environmental concerns into the development agenda, conceptualizing and bringing out a Water resources atlas for Madurai. The Food for Work program was leveraged to rejuvenate traditional water harvesting structures ensuring that at-least one such structure was taken up in each panchayat. A new water harvesting structure was built at Pallapatti in MelurTaluk in response to the 50 years of unmet demand, which now provides assured irrigation to 10 downstream tanks covering an area of 1100 acres. This initiative was demand driven and was taken up entirely with local initiative. They contributed by providing land, contributing material or even labor. By harnessing ICT for empowering people and better delivery of services, Land records were fully computerized 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 computerized to enable responsiveness in administration.

He has also worked as Additional Collector and Project Officer at the District Rural Development Agency, Kancheepuram where he lead the poverty reduction effort in the district by enabling rural poor be a part of equitable and transparent decision making process. 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 Chennai. He led the multi-partner, 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 work and experience made him focus on health and environmental issues, taking up interventions for morbidity and mortality reduction. He is particularly interested in the interplay of poverty, environment and health and their resultant effect on the quality of life.

Digvijay Singh Khati
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
Government of Uttarakhand, Dehradun

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

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
New Delhi

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. Chitra Rajagopal, Distinguished Scientist and Director General (SAM), was appointed as Chief Controller (R&D) Systems Analysis and Modelling from 14 Dec. 2016, subsequently re-designated as Director General (SAM). Prior to this, she held the position of Outstanding Scientist & Director CFEES. She concurrently holds the post of the First Appellate Authority (FAA), DRDO as per RTI Act 2005 also.

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 Ishaprasad Bhagwat
Lead (Health), Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana
Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India

Dr. Ishaprasad Bhagwat is a Medical Doctor, with an MBBS Degree from JIPMER, Pondicherry. The prevention of disease, and the social aspects of medicine attracted him, and hence he completed his MD in Community Medicine from AIIMS, New Delhi. Since 1990, Dr. Bhagwat has been working at the grassroots with rural and tribal communities across several States of India on a range of public health issues – Maternal and Child Health Nutrition, WASH, Community Ophthalmology, Neonatal Care, Health Systems Strengthening – with NGOs, Corporate and the Government.

He is now working with Women’s Self-Help Groups and their Federations to mobilize them to realize their health, nutrition and WASH entitlements, and promote appropriate behaviour change to prevent diseases and improve their well being and quality of life.

Dr J Raghava Rao
Chief Scientist
Central Leather Research Institute
Tamil Nadu

Jonnalagadda Raghava Rao is the 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 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 has led several projects under the Leather Technology Mission, Government of India, and an Honorary Lecturer of Department of Leather Technology at Anna University. He is a recipient of awards from the Indian Leather Technologies Association, Anna University, Sulabh International, and received Hari Om Ashram Prerit Shri S S Bhatnagar Research Award.

J.R. Rao has a Bachelor's in Technology from Anna University, Madras (1984), and Master's Degree in Leather Technology from the CLRI (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
Sr Scientist and Head
G B Pant Institute of Himalayan

Kireet Kumar started his professional career in 1986 through a World Bank sponsored Kanpur Urban Development project focusing on water and wastewater management. He, then worked with Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi till Feb 1991 on aspects of environmental quality management; Environmental Impact Assessment; Development of emission and effluent standards for asbestos and mini cement plants, stone crushers etc.

In 1991, he joined G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development to serve the Himalayas where he 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. He has 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 and Group Head. His accomplishments include technical paper (60+) and policy documents (10+) on 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

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

G.C.S. Negi (Scientist F & Theme Head, Biodiversity Conservation & Ecosystem Services) works with G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development at Kosi-Katarmal, Almora, Uttarakhand state in India. Dr. Negi obtained his Masters degree in Botany and Ph.D. degree in Botany (Forest Ecology) from Kumaun University, Nainital, India. He was awarded Leadership in Environment & Development (LEAD) fellowship and also the Visiting Fellowship by the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore. In his research career of over 25 years he has handled over a dozen externally funded R&D projects and consultancy assignments relating to mountain ecology and environmental conservation. He has over 100 publications to his credit both in the peer reviewed National and International journals, popular articles and book chapters. He has supervised/co-supervised six Ph.D. Theses and a dozen Master’s Theses (including three Master's thesis of overseas Universities) and also edited a book entitled, "Glimpses of Forestry Research in the Indian Himalayan Region" and "Impacts of Hydro-power Projects in the Himalaya". He is a life member of fifteen Academic / Professional Societies. Presently he is engaged with biodiversity conservation and forest ecosystem services studies in the Himalayan region

Dr. Jay Agravat
DPC- ECCE & Nutrition
Integrated Child Development Schemes, Sabarkantha District Panchayat

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,

Dr. 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. He 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

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.

Hekali Vikiye Zhimomi,IAS
Medical Health & Family Welfare, Govt of UP, Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh

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.

Latha Krishna Rao, IAS
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
New Delhi

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. Previously, she has also served as the Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Government of Karnataka. Bangalore.

She holds bachelor's degrees in English literature, sociology and Sanskrit, a master's degree in English literature and a diploma in child psychology.

Lokendra Thakkar
General Manager, CDM Agency & State Coordinator, GoMP State Climate Change Division
EPCO, Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh

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

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.

Manisha Verma, IAS
Tribal Development Department, Government of Maharasthra, Mumbai

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 with 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 Mussoorrie, 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 people’s 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, programs in reproductive child health care, joyful learning in schools and village education plans. As collector of Amravati, apart from land revenue administration, she took up projects on improving municipal governance, promotion of low-cost water harvesting through people’s participation and promotion of organic farming and elimination of child labour. Her efforts to update and computerized 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 gramsabhas 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.

Mr Kapil Mohan,IAS
Principal Secretary
Water Resources, Government of Karnataka, Bangalure

Kapil Mohan is presently working as Chairman, Karnataka Appellate Tribunal (KAT), Government of Karnataka. Earlier, he was Principal Secretary, Water Resource Department, Government of Karnataka. He has served as Managing Director, Krishna Jala Bhagya Nigam Limited, Government of Karnataka, 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 and APDRP "Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme",

Previously, he was at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University USA as McNamara Fellow focusing on energy and climate change linkages and public policy challenges faced by the international governments. He has also worked with Union Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Government of India and has served Government of Karnataka as Additional Commissioner of Bangalore City Corporation, Deputy Commissioner of Districts of Dharwad and Dakshina Kannada and Chief Executive Officer of Gulbarga district.

Mr. Kapil prepared the state budget for three years where he oversaw the planning and implementation of governmental programmes as the Head of governmental administration.

He is interested in incorporating environmental concerns in project design and implementation strategies and policy making. He has won the international St Andrews prize for environment in 2001. The MITSPURS program has awarded his paper the second prize in "Hidden Successes" an International competition on India's urbanization recently.

Kapil is a management graduate with work experience in public finance, project management and supervision of project and programmes.

Mr Sandeep Dash, IAS
Independent Consultant


Mr. Dash had worked in the PMO office as Joint Secretary. He had also been 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.

Mr Satish B Agnihotri,IAS (Retd.)
Independent Director
Coal India Limited

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. Rajeev Kumar, IAS
Establishment Officer and Additional Secretary
Ministry of Personnel, GOI
New Delhi

Mr Kumar is presently working as Establishment Officer and Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Personnel, Government of India. Previously, he has worked as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance and also held various senior positions in Government of India and Jharkhand. He worked as Director of Industries, Government of Bihar and had been Special Secretary to the State Government where he was responsible for policy and implementation of various programs in districts of South Bihar. These departments included Environment and Forests, Urban Development, Industry, Health and Drinking Water. From 1996 to 1999, Rajeev was Managing Director of Ranchi-Jamshedpur Industrial Area Development Authority where he was involved with new industries, industrial estates, allotment of land to industries, registration and diversification and single-window facilities for finance, government, clearance and taxation.

He has also served as Deputy Commissioner in Ranchi and was responsible for 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 and 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 holds bachelor's degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Law from the University of Delhi and did an MBA. He also authored the book 'Land Management: Scarcity to Surplus'.

Ms B Padma S Rao
Senior Assistant Director
NEERI, Kolkata Zonal Center

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.

Rajiv Bhartari, IFS
Phd Student


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.

Rinchen Dolma
Junior Assistant
District Information Centre LAHDC
Jammu & Kashmir

Rinchen Dolma is a journalist based in Leh, Ladakh. She has a dual Masters degree in Mass Communication and English from Punjab University, Chandigarh. She is a government employee working in District Information Centre, Leh. On a daily basis she covers and writes press releases on the Leh district development news which is 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 her initial years and its annual tourist guide book on Ladakh.

She has performed the role of an 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 paper on food was also shortlisted for presentation in IALS conference at Będlewo, Polland in 2017. She is a regular radio presenter in the local AIR station.

Seema Bahuguna, IAS
Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
New Delhi

Smt Seema Bahuguna, IAS (Rajasthan 1983) is presently Secretary at Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises. She has also served as the 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.

Surya Prasad Acharya
Ex-Joint Secretary
Government of Nepal, Kathmandu

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.

T Chandini
Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change
New Delhi

Dr. T. Chandini works as a Director in the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, 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).