Mr. Rajendra Shende, Chairman, TERRE & Former Director of UNEP
Mr. Shende, former Director at United Nations Environment Programme, is a leading expert in sustainable technologies and policies. As head of the Paris based Ozon Action Programme of UNEP, he worked with the governments of 146 developing countries’ to develop their national management plans to eliminate use of Ozone Depleting Substances and to contribute to the mitigation of climate change. Through the teams of professionals and experts that he led from UNEP’s five offices worldwide i.e. Paris, Bangkok, Nairobi, Bahrain and Panama City he led the capacity building and technology support programme under the Multilateral Ozone Fund and Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The programme has contributed in stabilizing the Stratospheric Ozone Layer and preventing a global catastrophe by enabling developing countries to comply with the Montreal Protocol. The Montreal Protocol is now considered as the most successful Multilateral Environmental Agreement so far, having put the Ozone layer on the path to recovery.
Dr. Ram Boojh, Director (World Natural Heritage, UNESCO)
Dr. Ram Boojh has over 35 years of experience in varied areas of natural sciences including ecology, hydrology, environmental impact assessment, biodiversity, environment education, sustainability science and education for sustainable development and is currently working as a Programme Chief, Natural Sciences at the UNESCO Office in New Delhi. He has a Masters in Botany with a specialization in forest ecology and soil science and Doctorate in Life Sciences (ecology). He worked and coordinated large collaborations in multidisciplinary, multinational and multicultural teams with a range of internal and external stakeholders in a muti cultural and multi-disciplinary environment. At UNESCO he is involved in coordinating some very important initiatives of regional and global significance, in partnership with a range of organizations and stakeholders. He has established academic and research collaborations with several international organization and universities globally - notably with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, Manchester university, Environmental Law Institute Washington DC, Bradford University, UK, French National Sea Centre, Climate Change Collaborative at the MIT, USA etc.
A. K. Mangotra, Member - Secretary, NCBC
Shri A.K. Mangotra joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1978 and belongs to the Manipur-Tripura Cadre. He is a graduate from BITS, Pilani in Electrical Engineering and obtained PG Diploma in Public Administration from the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA).
He has wide administrative experience and held various positions like District Magistrate of South Tripura District, Power Secretary in the Govts. of Tripura and Manipur. He specializes in matters related to Energy and Climate Change. In Government of India he was Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Non Conventional Energy Sources and also served Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as his Joint Secretary for five years in the President’s Secretariat. He served as Secretary (BM), Ministry of Home Affairs before joining NCBC.
Dr. Ruchi Pant, Programme Officer (UNDP, Delhi)
Ms Pant has worked for several years on customary laws and legal pluralism pertaining to natural resources management in India and Nepal and has published extensively. Her work has largely been in the domain of law, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, right to water, protection of traditional knowledge, regional cooperation in conservation, international environmental and trade laws and decentralized governance. She has worked with several non-profits such as the WWF – Nepal Programme, Centre for Environmental Law, ATREE and PILSARC and has also been part of a multi-country programme coordinated by IIED, UK on Protecting Community Rights over Traditional Knowledge and continues to be associated with them.
She has obtained her doctoral degree from the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and her thesis focused on Legal and Non-Legal Mechanism for Protection of Traditional Knowledge Systems related to bio-genetic resources.
Miss Karuna Singh, Country Director (Earth Day Network)
Ms. Karuna Singh is the Country Director for Earth Day India, joined Earth Day Network in March 2010, after working for 24 years at the State Department’s US Consulate at Kolkata. A senior executive with them, Ms. Karuna’s major portfolio focus was on environmental affairs. She organized seminars with environmental experts, workshops, film screenings, and other events to build awareness about climate change and other environmental issues among a wide spectrum of audiences, from senior-level policy makers to grassroots NGOs. Ms. Karuna worked to inspire youth to work for the environment, and organized special media events on environmental reporting. Her work area covered 12 states of eastern and northeastern India, a region with a population of around 300 million that borders several countries. Ms. Karuna also helped put together cross-border programs on subjects such as Coastal Zone Management. She is also one of a small group of select persons who was trained by former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore to make presentations on climate change issues.