Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor, is presently also the President of Global Research Alliance, a network of publicly funded R&D institutes from Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA with over 60,000 scientists. Dr. Mashelkar served as the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), with forty laboratories and about 20,000 employees for over eleven years. He was also the President of Indian National Science Academy.
Kartikeya V. Sarabhai is the Founder Director of Centre for Environment Education. He is a member of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UN DESD) Reference Group of UNESCO. He has long been associated with IUCN, and was the chair of South and South East Asia IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and is currently the vice-chair of the Indian National Commission of IUCN. He is a member of the Earth Charter International Council.
Mr. Rajendra Shende is a Chemical Engineer graduate from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology. After extensive and varied corporate business experience that included mainstreaming of cleaner production, environmental impact assessment, energy efficiency and renewable energy in the manufacturing processes. After a stint at corporate management level, he joined the international programme at UNEP DTIE in Paris in 1992. He had lead the task force of Indian Government that decided the strategy for India in negotiating the Montreal Protocol and negotiating the establishment of the Multilateral Fund to assist the developing countries.
Aneeta Beninger is Professor of Sustainable Development Planning and Exec. Director, of Centre for Development Studies and Activities, Pune. She is also Founder Trustee & Member Secretary of CDSA Trust.
Rajat Gupta is a Director at McKinsey & Company’s Mumbai office. Since joining McKinsey in 1992, he has served clients in India, China, the US, Europe and in Africa. In recent years, Rajat has worked with several large industrial companies on transformation programmes spanning operational improvement, organisational effectiveness and growth. This has been across a range of sectors including power, real estate, chemicals, metals, minerals, telecom and pharmaceuticals. For example, he helped the top management at one of India’s leading metals companies over ten years in setting their agenda, driving operational improvement (e.g., programmes on building marketing capabilities, cost reduction, throughput enhancement), building a performance culture and in accelerating growth.
Chandra Bhushan is a Deputy Director General of CSE and the head of the industry and environment programme, crunches climate numbers and demystifies climate technologies. In recent year Chandra Bhushan He has a diverse and distinguished track record in research, writing, and policy advocacy, having researched and written about issues ranging from industrial pollution regulations to energy security and climate change, and from water crisis to political economy of natural resource extraction. He has been working in the field of low carbon development and has authored publications like Low carbon cities concepts in India, InWent Germany, November 2009, Critical perspective on CSR and development, International Affairs, Chatham House, UK, September 2006 and Cleaner Production: Issues, challenges and opportunities for India, Asian Development Bank Concept Paper, April 2005.
Suhas P. Wani, Research Program Director - Asia and Director, ICRISAT Development Center (IDC) at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India. His area of specialization is scaling-up science-based interventions to benefit millions of farmers in Asia and Africa particularly in the area of sustainable agriculture for improving rural livelihoods. His expertise spans thru integrated watershed management and water use efficiency (Green, blue and grey) in field to catchment scale, wasteland development, wastewater management, biodiesel plantation, integrated nutrient management and carbon sequestration for the conservation of natural resources and their sustainable use for improving livelihoods of farmers. Livelihoods improvement for small farm holders is the main thrust of his research for development (R4D). Dr. Wani has organized number of national and international meetings and co-ordinating number of multi-disciplinary, multi country projects in the area of sustainable natural resource management and for improving livelihoods and building resilience of the farmers.