Sulagna Chattopadhyay
Editor-in-Chief, Geography and You
President, SaGHAA | VP, LIGHTS
New Delhi, India
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Sulagna has been working for over two and a half decades on research and outreach with a special focus on climate change, polar studies, disaster management and biodiversity. She is the founder Editor of ISSN and RNI accredited Geography and You (G’nY), a journal focusing on Climate Change, Development and Environment in particular, being published since 2001. Apart from completing about 150 issues of the journal, (now a part of the India Citation Index), she has been involved in various research and outreach programmes and has co-authored two books--Climate Change and The White World; Science and Geopolitics of The White World; Arctic-Antarctic-Himalaya published by Springer along with six other books on varied topics. She has a deep interest in polar studies and policy and is invited to many national and international forums in the UK and Iceland. A think tank, Science and Geopolitics of Himalaya-Arctic-Antarctic commenced working on Polar issues since 2011 for policy and advocacy of the three poles under her guidance. She was recently awarded “Business Excellence and Innovative Best Practices Academia Award-2019” by the New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM).

Dr. P. S. Goel
Raja Ramanna Chair Professor,
National Institute for Advanced Studies Indian (NIAS),
Bangalore, India
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Dr. Goel, former Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Earth Sciences is currently the Raja Ramanna Chair Professor at NIAS, Bangalore. He has contributed significantly to the development of magnetic altitude control system, mission planning for remote sensing, communication and scientific missions and authored over 100 research papers in refereed journals and conferences. Dr Goel developed the spin axis orientation system, Bhaskara I & II satellites, magnetic control for spinning satellites, momentum biased 3-axis control system for APPLE, zero momentum based 3-axis control system for IRS V and configuration momentum biased altitude control system for highly stabilised INSAT-2. Dr Goel developed a very agile control system with step and stare capability to spot imaging mission TES and guided the evolution of re-entry capability for SRE Mission.

Prof. Victor Smetacek
Professor Emeritus for Bio-Oceanography,
Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research,
Bremerhaven, Germany.
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Prof Smetacek’s enduring fascination for nature was kindled during his childhood and youth spent in the forested Himalayan foothills of Kumaon. He received his BSc in biology in Nainital and studied marine biology at Kiel University. His Ph.D. research was on plankton biology and marine biogeochemistry of the Baltic and later shifted to that of the Southern Ocean. His research fields encompass ocean ecology and its effect on the global carbon cycle in relation to past climate cycles.

Prof Harry Minas
Head, Centre for Mental Health
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
The University of Melbourne Australia
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Professor Minas trained as a psychiatrist in Melbourne, Australia, and worked at the University of Melbourne Department of Psychiatry, establishing the Victorian Transcultural Mental Health Unit, and subsequently as Head of the Centre for International Mental Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. He is one of the founders of global mental health, establishing the Master of International Mental Health programme at the University of Melbourne in 2003, and the International Journal of Mental Health Systems in 2007, of which he is Editor-in-Chief. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Taipei Medical University and Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists, has been an advisor to ministries of health and social affairs in many countries in South Eastern Europe and Asia (including Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam), and an advisor on mental health and migration to Commonwealth and State Governments in Australia.

Dr. M. Satish Kumar
Director, Internationalisation in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences,
School of Natural and Built Environment,
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Dr. Satish is a Fellow, The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and was the former Director, Queens' Academy India. He is currently a Visiting Professor in Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi) and has held positions in Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), University of Calcutta (Kolkata) and Soka University of America (California). He has more than 32 years’ experience of teaching and researching in the higher education sector in India, Cambridge and Belfast. He was awarded the Queen’s University Teaching Award (2014); the Bhoovigyan (Earth Scientist) National Leadership Award for contributions to Population, Environment and Development Studies (2002). He was the founding Member of the Royal Irish Academy National Committee of Future Earth Ireland and is currently a Member of AHRC Peer Review College and Newton Global Challenge Fund. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Fellow of Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Prof. K. S. James
Director and Sr. Professor,
International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS),
Mumbai, India.
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Prior to assuming charge as the Director, Prof James was at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, JNU, New Delhi. Presently he is the Director of IIPS, a deemed university under the Ministry of health and Family Welfare, Government of India. He works extensively on demographic changes with focus on population and development; and ageing issues. He has published widely on demographic transition and demographic dividend in journals such as Science, Lancet Global Health, BMC Public Health, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Maternal and Child Health Journal, Economic and Political Weekly etc. He has been a visiting fellow in many prestigious institutes and universities including Harvard University, USA; London School of Economics, UK; University of Southampton, UK; University of Groningen, The Netherlands and International Institute of Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Austria.

Dr. Rasik Ravindra
Secretary General, 36th International Geological Union,
Former Director, National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, (NCPOR)
Faridabad, India
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Dr Ravindra was DDG in the Geological Survey of India, an organisation that he served from 1971 to 2005 before donning the role of Director, NCAOR (now NCPOR). A veteran Antartican, he participated in India expedition to Antarctica in 1987-88 for the first time and subsequently led the ninth Antarctic expedition in 1989-91. He was Chairman of the DST constituted Programme Monitoring Committee on “Dynamics of Himalayan Glaciers from 2007 to 2012 and was appointed Chair, Panikkar Professor in October 2012 by Ministry of Earth Sciences. He has served as an elected Member of the U N Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf for 2014-2017 Term. He has received National Award for Polar Sciences and Cryosphere, 2013, National Mineral Award- 1990, Antarctic Award- 2002, H. N. Siddiqui Gold Medal from IGU in 2011, Prof Prem Bahadur Verma Memorial Lecture award , Prof R C Mishra Memorial Gold Medal 2017 and DR W D West Oratory Award, 2018.

Prof. Sachidananda Sinha
Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi, India
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Prof. Sinha has over 40 years of experience in teaching and research on issues related to education, health, geography and livelihood. His area of research broadly includes social geography and geography of well being; tribal and rural studies, research on socially marginalized sections with respect to access to health and education. He has been awarded Bhugol Bhushan Award, by Deccan Geography in 2013. He has also developed a new methodology for the identification of Educationally Backward Districts in India, currently in use by UGC and MHRD. He has also worked as consultant, advisor and resource person for various initiatives undertaken by the ICICI Foundation in the area of school education in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and also for the Azim Premji Foundation for their teachers education/training programmes.

Dr. Ipsita Chatterjee
Associate Professor,
Department of Geography and the Environment,
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas, The US.
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Ipsita Chatterjee is an associate professor in the Department of Geography, University of North Texas. She completed her Ph.D at Clark University, Massachusetts and was an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University, and later, at the University of Texas at Austin. Chatterjee focuses on globalization, urban change, class, identity, labor, Marxism, and feminism. Chatterjee’s first book is titled: Displacement, Revolution, and the New Urban Condition (Sage), it deals with globalization in an Indian city and associated displacement of urban poor, particularly, the Muslim poor. Her second book titled Spectacular Cities: Religion, Landscape and the Dialectics of Globalization (Oxford) deals with the spectacular objectification and theme park Disneyization of cities. Chatterjee is currently finishing a book titled: The Alt-Right Movement and the 3 Ms: Men, Migrants, and Muslims. Chatterjee has authored numerous articles in journals like, Urban Studies, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Geoforum, Gender, Place and Culture among others.

Dr. Satish Tripathi
Series Editor, SES Series, Springer,
Former Dy. Director General, Geological Survey of India,
Lucknow, India.
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Dr Tripathi has been associated with active geological field investigations for over 25 years in various domains of geosciences. He has launched India’s first open access e-Journal Earth Science in 2008 and Series Editor, SES Series by Springer. Dr.Tripathi is currently actively involved in geoheritage conservation and pursuing government to in act legislation for their conservation. His exemplary contribution is in the field of dinosaur fossil bearing Cretaceous sequence of lower Narmada valley in establishing its stratigraphy, palaeogeography, palaeoceanography and palaeoenvironmental signatures of extinction at K/T boundary. Dr. Tripathi has about 34 research papers to his credit, in international and national journals. He is at present associated with the Geological Survey of India.

Dr. Ajit Tyagi
Senior Consultant, IRADe-Integrated Research and Action for Development,
Air Vice Marshal (Retd) & Former Director General, India Met Department,
Noida, India.
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Dr Tyagi served as Director General, India Meteorological Department, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Meteorology) and Principal Director (Information Technology) in the Indian Air force. Dr Tyagi played a key role in the modernisation of India Meteorological Department and brought significant improvements in weather forecasting and warning of high impact weather events in the country. He was Permanent Representative of India (2009-2013) with the World Meteorological Organisation and member of its Executive Council. He has served on the Governing Councils of SAARC Meteorological Research Centre, Indian Institute of Meteorology and National Atmospheric Research Laboratory.

Dr. K. J. Ramesh
Adjunct Professor, National Institute for Advanced Studies Indian (NIAS),
Fmr Director General, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Government of India
Bangalore, India
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Dr K J Ramesh obtained his Ph.D. from IIT Delhi on Monsoon Dynamics and MSc (Meteorology) from Andhra University. He retired as the Director General of IMD in 2019. He is an elected Fellow of Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences and elected Member of National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad. He specializes in Numerical Weather Prediction that includes hazard and climate risk assessment and early warning. He has worked on Model Diagnostics, Monsoon Dynamics and Disaster Mitigation Modelling. In the Ministry of Earth Sciences he was heading the Atmospheric Science Services and Climate Change Research Programme Development before taking over as the Director General, IMD. Dr Ramesh has more than 50 papers in peer reviewed journals to his credit.

Prof. Sunil Kumar De
Head, Department of Geography,
North Eastern Hill University,
Shillong, India.
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Prof De’s major fields of interest are geomorphological hazards, fluvial dynamics, river health and human impact on the environment. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Calcutta in 1999. Prof De has published more than 60 research papers in national and internationally reputed journals and book chapters, edited two books, co-authored a book on ‘River Health’ (Springer) and completed five research projects. He has served as the Vice President (2017-2018) of the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists (IGI) and is presently the Vice President of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) for the period 2017-2021. He was the Vice-Chair of the IAG Working group on Geomorphological Hazards (2005-2015) and the convener of the 9th International Conference on Geomorphology held in India (Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi) in November 2017.

Dr. Prithvish Nag
Chairman, Department of Science and Technology/NRDMS
Expert Committee on Geospatial Data.
Fmr, Vice Chancellor, Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi,
Kolkata, India
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Dr Nag is the former Vice-Chancellor at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith (MGKVP), Varanasi. He holds an MSc (Gold Medalist), PhD from the Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He was formerly the Director of the National Atlas and Thematic Mapping organisation (NATMO) under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. He joined NATMO in 1976 and was selected as its Director in 1994. Thereafter he went on to be the Surveyor General of India, Survey of India, for the rest of his service life. He has also been the President of India National Cartographic Association and Institute of Indian Geographers. After retirement he was nominated as the vice chancellor of Kashi Vidyapeeth. He is an eminent scholar in the field of digital mapping and has received various awards such as Technology Excellence by Technocrats Association of India, Uttaranchal Ratan by Uttaranchal Nagrik Parishad, and Commonwealth Bursary by the Geographical Society.

Prof. Praveen Saptarshi
Professor Emeritus, Sustainability Management,
Indian Institute of Cost and Management Studies & Research,
Pune, India.
Visiting Professor, Salisbury University, Maryland, U.S.
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Prof. Saptarshi has over 48 years of teaching experience in the field of environmental studies and has supervised over 50 Ph.D. candidates. He was also appointed as the Emeritus Fellow at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University from 2016. He has participated in numerous international conferences worldwide. He also serves as the editor of five academic journals. Prof Saptarshi has 14 books to his credit.

Dr. D P S Seth
Former Chairman and Managing Director,
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
Fmr Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
New Delhi, India

Dr. Meenakumari, before being awarded the position of the Chairperson of NBA, worked as the Deputy Director General of Fisheries. She is the first woman scientist to achieve this position in the last 80 years of existence of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). She is working to conserve resources for the sustainable development of Indian fisheries and is instrumental in putting in place impact assessment and environmental monitoring. She has worked on the Ecobiology of Fouling and received a gold medal. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Young Scientist Award by Kerala State in 1989, Panjab Rao Desmukh Women Scientist Award 2002 instituted by ICAR, the Marie Curie Mahila Vijnana Puraskar, 2010, the Bhoominirman Award-2011, and Dr R S Paroda Gold Medal for outstanding contributions in Fisheries, 2012.

Dr. B. Meenakumari
Former Chairperson,
National Biodiversity Authority (NBA),
Cochin, India.
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Dr. Meenakumari, before being awarded the position of the Chairperson of NBA, worked as the Deputy Director General of Fisheries. She is the first woman scientist to achieve this position in the last 80 years of existence of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). She is working to conserve resources for the sustainable development of Indian fisheries and is instrumental in putting in place impact assessment and environmental monitoring. She has worked on the Ecobiology of Fouling and received a gold medal. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Young Scientist Award by Kerala State in 1989, Panjab Rao Desmukh Women Scientist Award 2002 instituted by ICAR, the Marie Curie Mahila Vijnana Puraskar, 2010, the Bhoominirman Award-2011, and Dr R S Paroda Gold Medal for outstanding contributions in Fisheries, 2012.

Prof. Saraswati Raju
Former Professor,
Centre for the study of Regional Development, JNU,
New Delhi, India
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Prof Saraswati Raju has over 40 years of experience in teaching and researching in issues related to gendered history, gender and space, research methods and policies related to South Asia. She is an internationally renowned scholar on Gender-related concerns. Also to her credit is India’s first Gender-Atlas. She has received many awards which include First Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalization; The Canadian International Development Agency’s-International Development Research Centre- Carleton University-University of Ottawa, Canada sponsored by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) during 2004-05. She was a Visiting Guest Professor, Department of Geography and South Asian Institute, Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany (1995). She got the Trevelyan Fellowship at the Durham University, Durham, England. British Council’s Grant-in-Aid and Wallace Trust, England’s Travel Grant in 1992.

Prof. Aslam Mahmood
Former Professor,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi, India
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Prof Mahmood holds a master degree in statistics from Kanpur University and Doctorate in Population Studies from JNU besides studying in the UK and USA. He has wide experience of teaching and guidance of research in social sciences. He specializes in quantitative methods of geography and demography and taught the subject for more than 35 years at JNU. Dr. Mahmood serves on the advisory board of the National Council of Educational Research and Training’s (NCERT) Department of Education in Social Sciences. His book, Statistical Methods in Geographical Studies covers a wide range of techniques, commonly used by the regional analysts and presents them in a simplified mathematical language. Major emphasis is laid on the purpose, underlying assumptions, computations and the interpretations of the various techniques. It is one of the most widely referred texts in the field.

Dr. Dripto Mukhopadhaya
CEO, Ascension Centre for Research and Analytics (ACRA),
Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
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Dr. Mukhopadhaya has been associated with applied scientific, economic and consumer research for over 22 years. He has worked in over 150 studies across different domains, working with large scale databases like NSSO, ASI, Economic Census, Census of India and DLHS. He has authored more than 50 publications in various journals and books in the form of research papers and chapters. He has served as the Director of Economic Research at Nielsen, India. Dr. Mukhopadhaya joined Samsung India Electronic Ltd. as Research and Planning Head with the Strategy and Business Innovation team at Samsung after moving from Nielsen. He is currently the CEO of Ascension Centre for Research and Analytics (ACRA). He achieved his education from Calcutta University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) at New Delhi followed by the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) at Delhi University.

Dr. Narmadeshwar Prasad
Executive Editor, Bhugol Aur Aap,
Director, Parliamentary and Administrative Research Institute (PARI),
New Delhi, India.
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Dr. Prasad obtained his Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament, JNU, New Delhi. He has published two books and has been the Editor of Bhugol Aur Aap, a Hindi bi-monthly magazine on environmental issues since its inception in 2003. Dr. Prasad has worked with Indian Parliament in various capacities since October 1994 to 2017. He has a vast experience in the functioning of the Parliamentary system. He is director of a capacity building institute ‘Parliamentary and Administrative Research Institute’ (PARI). Dr. Prasad has been associated with LIGHTS since 2003 and has participated in many charitable activities undertaken by LIGHTS.