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Dr.Michael H. Glantz, is the Director of the Consortium for Capacity Building at the University of Colorado, USA. He served as a researcher and a Senior Scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR, USA) for 34 years. Glantz’s research portfolio includes the following issues: African drought and desertification and food production problems and prospects; societal impacts of climate anomalies related to El Niño and La Niña events, climate variability, change and extremes; developing methods of forecasting possible societal responses to the regional impacts of climate variability and change; and the use of climate-related information for economic development. http://ccb.colorado.edu.He has published several research reports, paper, published articles and books which already acclaim International publicity. Dr.Glantz has been involved in various early warning projects since the mid-1970s. In 1976, he edited a book on The Politics of Natural Disaster: The Case of the Sahel Drought, which deals with ways to understand and avert future drought-related disasters. The book contains solutions proposed by experts in a broad range of disciplines for dealing with drought, famine, and the agrarian crisis.

Michael H. Glantz,PhD.

DR.S.K. PATTANAYAK joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1982 and superannuated as Secretary to Government of India, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare, New-Delhi in September, 2018. He holds a Ph.D from Gulbarga University and earned his Master’s in Biological Science (Hons.) from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, PG Diploma in Environment Law from National Law School of India University, Bangalore, and Diploma (CIAP) from Ecole Nationale d' administration (ENA) Paris, France. After superannuation, Dr S.K. Pattanayak briefly served as Director General, Administrative College of India, Hyderabad and at present is Adminstrative Member of Karnataka State Administrative Tribunal, Bangalore. He played significant role as Director of Watershed Development, Director of Horticulture, Secretary, Department of Ecology Environment, Government of Karnataka. He also served Mission Director, National Horticulture Mission, Government of India, Minister (Agriculture) & Alternate Permanent Representative of India to FAO, WFP and IFAD in Rome, Principal Secretary, Energy Department, Karnataka and Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore. In a career spanning over 36 years, Dr. Pattanayak, has made noticeable contribution to administration and development, especially in the field of agriculture and horticulture. As founder National Director of National Horticulture Mission, his contributions have impacted the accelerated horticulture development in the country. He is credited to have shaped the Indian perspective in international agriculture through engagement in governance of the three Rome based UN Food and Agriculture agencies, by membership and leadership of important governing bodies by providing functional guidance while working as Minister (Agriculture).He was elected as President of the Executive Board of the World Food Programme, Rome for the year 2012. As Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, GOI, his leadership resulted in India witnessing a sort of pulse revolution during the year 2016-17, when the production of pulses jumped from existing 17 million tons to that of 24 million tons and he has also been credited for the turnaround of NAFED by providing an enabling environment to the organization to realize its true potential.


Anil Kumar Sinha, IAS (rtd.), Hony. Chief Editor, Know Disasters, Sr. Advisor (formerly), Centre for Disaster Management, LBS National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. Founder Executive Director, National Institute of Disaster Management, Govt. of India, New Delhi, Founder Programme Advisor, International Recovery Platform/UNDP, Kobe, Japan. As founder Vice-Chairman of Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (in the rank and status of Cabinet Minister), Govt. of Bihar, Patna, he established the ethos of the organization lending it vision, goals and leadership. Mr. Sinha has extensive experience and knowledge relating to disaster risk-reduction; including issues of environment and climate change with public policy analysis and programming. As Joint Secretary in charge of Disaster Management in Govt. of India, he handled major disasters as Orissa Super Cyclone 1999, Bhuj earthquake 2001 in Gujarat and several others. He was Member Secretary, High Powered Committee on Disaster Management set up at the behest of the then Prime Minister. Earlier, he founded National Institute of Disaster Management, Govt. of India at the national level and International Recovery Platform (IRP), UNDP in Kobe, Japan at the global level. In recognition of his exemplary services he was handed over Key to the city of Kobe on behalf of Governor of Hyogo Prefecture in Japan.

Anil Kumar Sinha, IAS (rtd.)

Prof (Dr.) Sanjay K. Panda, formerly a career bureaucrat, has been teaching ethics, corporate governance, environment conservation, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 related topics. He carries rich administrative experience as Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Textiles; Chief Secretary, Government of Tripura; Chairman, Executive Committee of the Tripura Skill Development Mission, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment; among other capacities in the Central and State Government(s) of Tripura and Odisha. Dr Panda dealt with promotion of handloom, handicraft, sericulture, jute, empowering the primary producers and the disadvantaged segments of the society .He is associated with the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Sri Sri University, National Institute of Fashion Technology, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management as adjunct professor/faculty. He had a brilliant academic career with University gold medal(s) as the Best Graduate and in Master (Chemistry), silver medal in Public Administration from IIPA, Diploma in Forestry from AIFC, Dehradun, and Ph. D in Economics. He was awarded the prestigious International Louis Pasteur award for outstanding contribution to sericulture and silk industry. Based on extensive study, he has a number of publications on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Promotion of Sericulture in new areas empowering tribal women and Making One plus One Eleven (Making changes Transformational), which have been cited by various scholars. He is an independent Director (DIN 02586135) on the Board(s) of Jute Corporation of India Ltd and Indo Count Industries Limited and Independent External Monitor of the Central Vigilance Commission in NALCO.


Dr. John (Jack) Shroder is currently Regents Professor of Geography and Geology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha USA , where he has taught since 1969. Dr. Shroder is an active geoscientist with plentiful research experience in South Asia (Afghanistan and Pakistan), the Middle East and Africa. Author and editor of 11 books and monographs, some 40 unpublished environmental consulting reports, over 100 professional papers, and a similar number of book reviews and published abstracts of presentations, Dr. Shroder has published on a variety of scientific topics dealing with landslides, glaciers, water supplies, floods, natural resources, development, and geoarchaeology. In the 1972 Dr. Shroder and another faculty member initiated the Afghanistan Studies Centre, as well as a project with Kabul University and the Government of Afghanistan to produce a National Atlas of Afghanistan. Support for the project was supplied from the US Department of State through the SEED (Scientists & Engineers in Economic Development) Grants Program run by the US National Science Foundation. In addition, Dr. Shroder was made advisor to the Kabul University Seismic Station by the US Geological Society and the US Embassy. In the 1990's to the present day, Dr. Shroder has also focused much of his research on surface processes and natural hazards in the western Himalaya and Hindu Kush. For this he has received extensive grant support from National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Geographic Society, and Smithsonian Institution, and a number of private foundations. Elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Geological Society of America (GSA), and the Explorers Club, Dr. Shroder has also been awarded a Distinguished Career Award from the Mountain Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, the UNO Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity for 1988, the Aksarben Outstanding Educator Award for 1991, and the Golden Key National Honor Society in 1994. As Co-Director of the GLIMS (Global Land Ice Measurements from Space) Project at UNOmaha, Dr. Shroder is responsible for the GLIMS Regional Centre focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan, which is actively dealing with ice, snow, and melt-water resources in commonly drought-torn South Asia. Dr. Shroder is also extensively involved in voluntary managerial aspects of several of the professional organizations to which he belongs, being Chair of the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division of GSA, and immediate past Chair of the Geology and Geography Section of AAAS, the organization to which he represents the Association of American Geographers as an affiliated society.

Prof. John F. Shroder, PhD.

Professor R.J. Wasson

Professor Robert (Bob) Wasson is a geomorphologist who has studied desert dunes, palaeoenvironmental change on centennial to millennial timescales, fluvial systems, mass movements, cross-disciplinary methods, and extreme flood histories and flood mitigation strategies. He has held senior positions in Australia’s CSIRO, and at the Australian National University (Head of Geography, Director Centre for Environmental and Resource Studies, Dean of Science) and Charles Darwin University (Deputy Vice Chancellor Research). He joined the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2011 where he carried out research in India and Thailand on flood history and mitigation policy. He has also done research in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, China, and Myanmar.

Prof. Michael N. DeMers, PhD

Dr. DeMers is a Professor Emeritus of Geography specializing in GIS Science, Geographic Education, and Landscape Ecology. Professor Emeritus of Geography/ Applied Geography, New Mexico State University USA. Mike is the 2018 winner of the Wheeler Peak Lifetime Achievement Award given by the New Mexico Geographic Information Council and a 2010 winner of the Anderson Medal of Honor in Applied Geography; the highest award given by the Applied Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). He has over eighty research articles, and six geographic information systems (GIS) texts. His research focuses on GIS institutional design, GIS for natural resources analysis geospatial thinking and expertise, and heutagogy in GIS education.

Professor Sheng-Lung Peng

Dr. Sheng-Lung Peng is now the Director of the Department of Creative Technologies and Product Design, National Taipei University of Business, Taiwan. He is also a Director of Chinese Association of Public Affairs Management, Information Service Association of Chinese Colleges, Taiwan Association of Cloud Computing, and ICPC Asia Taipei-Hsinchu Site; the Secretary General of the ICPC Contest Council for Taiwan; and a Supervisor of Chinese Information Literacy Association, Association of Algorithms and Computation Theory, Taiwan. He served as a Professor of National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan 2015-2020 and Dean of Library and Information Services Office, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan. He did his PhD. in Computer Science, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, 1999. Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan, 1992. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, 1988. He now a Professor of National Taipei University of Business, Taiwan, an Honorary Professor of Beijing Information Science and Technology University, China, a Visiting Professor of Ningxia Institute of Science and Technology, China, and an Adjunct Professor of Mandsaur University, India. His research interests are in Designing and analysing algorithms for Bioinformatics, Combinatorics, Data Mining, and Networks.

Dr. Karen Sudmeier-Rieux is a Senior Advisor, Disaster Risk Reduction with the United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) Disasters and Conflicts program in Geneva. Karen has over a decade of experience researching, teaching and publishing on the topic if ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction. She is currently coordinating a global project on ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction, which includes the development of a post-graduate course and two Massive Open Online Courses on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction. She is also a scholar of ecosystem-based landslide management, with expertise from Nepal. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland and Masters’ degrees in international development and forest ecology from Switzerland and the United States.

Dr. Karen Sudmeier-Rieux

Dr. Manish Kumar Goyal is JSPS Fellow, Commonwealth Fellow, Erasmus Fellow, P.E.(Int), Indo-US WARI Fellow, Inspire Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore. Dr Manish Kumar Goyal is Dean of Infrastructure Development at Indian Institute of Technology, Indore. He is recently featured in the list of Top 2% scientists in the world (prepared by Stanford University). Also in the top 500, the leading researcher in field of Environmental Engineering (Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences). His research interests include Agriculture, Climate, Water, Artificial intelligence and GIS-remote sensing applications. He worked as research Assistant at University of Waterloo, Canada. He went to pursue further research as postdoctoral fellow at Nanyang Technological University Singapore and McGill University, Canada. He was visiting Professor at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Dr Goyal holds 04 books, 25 book chapters and more than 120 technical research publication in various refereed journals. He serves as an Associate Editor for the ASCE-Journal of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste. He has supervised 10 PhD and 08 postgraduates’ students in last 10 years. His contribution fetched him Recipient of Prof S N Gupta Memorial Lecture Award, Indian Society of Hydraulics, 2021, Best Researcher of the Year Award 2020 by Institution of Engineers (India), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE’s) Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Visiting International Fellowship (VIF) -2019, Prof R J Garde Research Award, India Society of Hydraulics, 2019, Recipient of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)-Best Theoretical-Oriented Paper Award 2018, NVIDIA GPU Research Grant 2018, IEI Young Engineers Award in Civil Engineering Division, 2017-18, Indo-US WARI Fellowship Award (2016), DST –SERB Young Scientist-fast track grant (2015), Inspire Faculty award, 2014, Erasmus Mundus Interweave Award, Europe 2014, JSPS fellowship award, University of Tokyo, Japan (2013) and Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Award.

Dr. Manish Kumar Goyal

Dr. Santanu Kumar Bal is presently leading the coordinated research program on Agrometeorology as Project Coordinator at ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad, India. He has also served at ICAR-National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Pune and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana for more than 18 years. He was trained in Israel on Database Management in Meteorology & Hydrology. His research portfolio includes the following issues: Developed Dynamic Crop Weather Calendar (DCWC) a DSS for predicting optimum time for sowing and applying irrigation water for major crops in India; establishing crop weather relationships in various agroecosystems and linking it to Agro-advisory services; developing algorithms for weather-based decision support systems; agroclimatic characterization especially in the areas of dry spell analysis, agricultural/meteorological drought monitoring, onset of crop/rainy season; evaluating crops’ performances using crop simulation models, hyperspectral remote sensing-based crop stress estimation, temperature-based insect-pest phenology modelling; developing prediction models for frost and various insect-diseases; Assessing impact of climate variability, change and extremes on major crops; etc. He has been involved in various projects since 2003. He has published several research reports, papers, books and book chapters which already acclaim International publicity. He has been honoured with fellowship by Association of Agrometeorologists, Anand and Indian Ecological Society, Ludhiana.

Dr. Santanu Kumar Bal

Dr. Asha Hans is Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies Emerita at Utkal University India. Has taught and carried out research at various National and International Universities is Director Development Research Centre, Recent Member Board UN Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund; Member Board Women Enabled International (USA). Completed a three year inter-university research project Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA).Has authored books and articles on gender, and climate change, peace and conflict and disability. Her recent books are 2021 Engendering Climate Change Learnings from South Asia ed., Routeledge New York New Delhi ,2021 Migration, Workers and Fundamental Freedoms: Pandemic Vulnerabilities and the Exception of States. ed Routeledge New York Delhi .2020 -2021 Women Reinventing Development ed 2020 Aakar Publishers/ Routeledge New Delhi 2020 Asha Hans Disability, gender, and the trajectories of power (Japanese edition) by Asha Hans, London, Sage, 2019 Reardon Betty and Asha Hans 2nd ed The Gender Imperative: Human Securty vs State Security. Routledge Publications. New York & New Delhi.

Dr. Asha Hans

Dr. Milap Chand Sharma presently working as Faculty member at Centre for Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-India. He is belong to state of Utarakhand and did number of international and National publication on glassier and snow research. Recently He coordinated comprehensive research on Snow & Glaciers in Miyar Basin in Lahul and Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction and Glacial Chronology in Bhagirathi Valley, Garhwal Himalaya. His research publication related to snow and glassier study were widely acclaimed, As a member of the Sikkim Glacier Commission delivered a presentation to Minister for Science & Technology, and Secretary, at Sikkim House regarding the glacier studies which he has carried out in Sikkim. He did number of training and facilitate several workshop and research based field study in north eastern Indian states and his reports are published in national and international journals and university publication.

Prof. Milap Chand Sharma, PhD.

Prof. Bipin K. Jojo, working as faculty & Chairperson, Centre for Social Justice & Governance, School of Social Work, Chairperson, International Students Office, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, (TISS) Mumbai-India. He did his PhD from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Prof. Jojo has been a faculty at Tata Institute of Social Sciences since 1997 and he has been associated with teaching at Post graduate level, Research, Training and with various regional and national level organizations professionally. He has been supervising M.Phil/PhD scholars, MA dissertations. He has research interests on Tribal Issues, Good Governance, Resettlement and Rehabilitation of Internal Displaced People, Communities' Informal Care and Welfare Systems, Voluntary Organizations/NGOs/Community-Based Organizations, Participatory planning and Development. He has done several research studies, the consultancy reports on the above areas and has presented many papers at National and International seminars.

Prof. Bipin Jojo, Ph.D.

Prof Vishwambhar Prasad Sati

Prof Vishwambhar Prasad Sati (b. 1966), D.Litt. and Ph.D., a professor of Geography and Resource Management, is currently working at the Mizoram University (A Central University), Aizawl, India. With a teaching career of about three decades, he has served in several higher education institutions within and outside India, some of them being ‘Eritrea Institute of Technology’, Asmara, Eritrea (NE Africa), ‘Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment’, Chengdu, China, ‘Madhya Pradesh Higher Education’, and ‘HNB Garhwal University’, Srinagar Garhwal. In the same field, he has deeply been involved in research, and has worked as a Visiting Professor and Visiting Scholar in the world’s various renowned research and academic institutions, including ‘The World Academy of Sciences’, ‘Chinese Academy of Sciences’, ‘Indian National Science Academy’, ‘Indian Council of Social Science Research’, and ‘Indian Institute of Advanced Studies’. Besides, he has travelled widely – 36 countries and all over India. He has an impactful expertise in the fields of Natural Resource Management, Environment-Development Interface, Climate Change, Rural Livelihoods, Disaster-Related issues, and Culture of the Himalayan region. He has developed several models and action plans for environmental conservation and economic development of the fragile Himalayan ecosystems/landscapes. More than a dozen of national individual projects and projects with international collaboration have been conducted by him. With more than 150 research papers and articles, and more than 31 books published, his academic contribution is well-documented at national and international levels.


Dr Gopal Krishna Panda is former Emeritus Professor and Head of the Dept of Geography and Chief Executive of the Population Research Center, Utkal Univ., Bhubaneswar, Odisha and a physical geographer. He was awarded Emeritus Fellowship of UGC in 2016, Senior ICSSR Fellowship in 2019, British Council Fellowship in 1995 and National Scholarship in 1977. He was also the Chief Executive of the Population Research Center. His teaching and research is in the areas of on natural hazards and disaster management, climate change and coastal hazards and geospatial technology focusing on programme evaluation, capacity building and value addition. Under his guidance “Odisha State Natural Hazards and Disaster Vulnerability Analysis and Risk Assessment Report” for the state was prepared sponsored by UNDP and OSDMA. Currently he is working on a major research project on CHRV with special reference to coastal erosion of Odisha coast.. Under his guidance 15 students have been awarded Ph.D degree in geography and environmental science.. He was involved with the evaluation of ongoing RCH programs and was associated with large scale demographic surveys like NFHS – 3 and DLHS-4 of the H & F W Dept. of Govt. of Odisha and India. He was a member of the Advisory Board for the World Bank supported ICZM project of the state., Executive Committee member of the State Spatial Data Infrastructure Development project of Govt. of Odisha.

Dr Gopal Krishna Panda


Garry de la Pomerai DOB 1-4-59. A British Citizen Presently based in Kathmandu Nepal. Project Consultant for Water Resource Management and Enhancement and waters associated needs and Project development Consultant for Advanced Earthquake Early Warning. “His Primary goal is to identify the challenges and to ensure we coordinate the most efficient strategy from within technology, social science, government administrations and the UN to provide effective sustainable and resilient solutions now!". Independent DRR consultant to UNISDR, UNESCO, UNCRD, EAC . 2005 Co-Pioneered Safe Schools Strategy & Resilient Cities Initiatives .Programme Advocate for INRULED Education for Rural development and Sustainability & to IFRC for legislative mechanisms to support the integration of DRR with H&S. 2009 to present promoted AEEWS development of the Advanced Earthquake Early Warning System And supported P-wave EEWS development since 2009 assessing global EEW systems and their implementation. Advocate and field implementation scientist practicing and publishing for Water Resource Management Strategies Chair of UNESCO Global Task Force for the Built Environment. Co-founder of the Coalition for Global School Safety. Member of UNICEF MENADR and UNISDR GADRRRES .

Garry de la Pomerai

Dr. Kushani De Silva, PhD in Disaster Management, University of Huddersfield (UK) , Master in Gender Studies, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Hon’s Srilanka . She is a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Sri Jayawardanapura, Colombo and Peradeniya in Sri Lanka in the discipline of Disaster Risk Management (DRM). She is the founder of Gloir. K. and also a member of Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR), Director-Lions Club Mid-City, steering committee member of International Conferences related to DRM and panelist in Global Disaster Risk Reduction forums. She is an editor of DRM books, reviewer of International Journals and comprised with 14 plus years of work experience in the field of technology and gender sensitive Disaster Risk Management (DRM). She has 35 national and international publications related to DRM. Her main national level contributions include the development of Sri Lanka Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (2014-2018), first set of school books on disaster management and first integrated post flood damage and loss assessment in Sri Lanka. She represents Sri Lanka in international seminars, workshops and conferences as a speaker. She has worked with foreign Universities, UNDP, World Bank, GFDRR, UNISDR, UNICEF, IUCN, JICA, etc. in the capacity of a consultant/staff member/researcher.

Dr. Kushani De Silva

Dr Bala Kishan , is a Professor of Geography and Dean, faculty of Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad. He holds L.L.B., M.Sc., with Geography, PG Diploma in Geographical Cartography and earned a Ph.D in Urban Environmental Studies from Osmania University. His area of interest includes – Remote Sensing, GIS, Geo-political issues concerning the Indian Ocean Region, Disaster Management apart from Urban Environmental Studies. Presenntly Prof Bala Kishan is the Vice-President, National Association of Geographers India (NAGI) and President, Indian National Cartographers Association (INCA) Hyderabad Chapter. Earlier, he served as the Director, Centre for Indian Ocean Studies (CIOS) and Director, UGCHRDC (formerly known as the Academic Staff College), Osmania University. During his tenure as the Director, UGC-HRDC, OU he got sanctioned a special grant of Rs 7 cores from RUSA – 2 with his dedicated efforts and brought special honour and recognization for HRDC, OU in the country. Prof Bala Kishan has participated in various national, International conferences and presented several research papers. He delivered invited guest lectures, special talks, key note addresses etc. at several seminars, conferences and at public fora. He had also been invited as resource person at several Academic staff colleges (UGC-HRDC’s), across the country. Further, Prof. Bala Kishan extended his services as Associate Editor for “Indian Ocean Digest” a biannual journal published from Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, Osmania University, and “India - Asia” journal published by Institute of Asian Studies. He has published over 40 research papers on different topics and has authored few books. Prof. Bala Kishan is on the Board of Studies in several academic bodies and institutes. He is a life member in several academic and research organizations. He was invited by the Royal Geographical Society, London and was also invited to Sri Lanka by the Indo-Sri Lankan foundation, Colombo. Apart from his scholarly interests, Prof. Bala Kishan is advisor to Indian Red cross Society, and also well known for his active participation in the “Consumers Rights Protection Movement” in both the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Dr Bala Kishan

Prof. Krishnaveni is Dean of Anna University Regional Campus Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, India. She has 20 years of research and teaching experience in Water resources, GIS and Climate change. She has guided 25 B.E students,75 M.E students and 10 PhD students in Water resources, Agriculture and Climate Change. She has carried out research and consulting projects funded by Ministry of Water resources and Water Resources Organisation of Public Works Department. Delivered many guest lectures to the Public works engineers, TWAD water supply engineers, and to the Students of various Engineering Colleges. Dr. Krishnaveni has published more than 100 papers in National and International journals and conferences. She had organized two National conferences and chaired many technical events conducted by the Engineering colleges. She had attended many international and national level training programmes. She had visited Iran, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for attending training workshops and for presenting the research papers. She is the member of many national and International professional societies.

Prof. Krishnaveni

Col Sanjay Srivastava

Col Sanjay Srivastava was served for Indian Army and having illustrious disaster management practitioner and learner. His current area of engagement is in the field of Covid-2019 response and pandemic knowledge management, climate change, early warning, earthquake early warning and response and leverage of technology in disaster and development. A techno-managerial skilled dynamic professional, he is highly qualifying with two Masters each in technology and management. He has worked in India in National and state governments level as well as abroad in U.S.A and South Korea. he is abreast with the dynamism of risk and advocates a futuristic and deterministic approach with technology driven pro-active management of disasters. His research-oriented community science approach has been instrumental in bridging the gap between academia, governance and community. Salient achievements of Col Srivastava are 112 Single emergency number in India, lightning forecast and safe grid management system, Crowd Management Technology, Coal Mining Monitoring systems etc. For his outstanding work in the field of lightning, he was given center stage to present his work to word by UNDRR during Global Platform 2019 at Geneva. Currently he is Chairman of climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council (CROPC) an intergovernmental organization and he is convener of Lightning Resilient India Campaign. His work since COVID2019 has been incredible in policy level interventions, scientists and doctors collaboration in patho-physiology based clinical response, advisory and advocacy on Covid protocols and aide to covid affected families.

Dr.Rekha Jagannath one of the eminent Development Economist and Social reformer from South India . More than 34 years teaching & research experience out of which 13 (1990-2003) years service as a UGC faculty at Christ College; Bangalore University, At Christ College Bangalore 13 years (1989-2003) of UGC teaching service and 1st UGC minor Research project taken PhD Guidance to three students . She has Masters Degree, M. Phil and PhD in Economics: Bangalore University. She has Diploma in ‘Health Informatics’: Auckland University, New Zealand 2000-2004 also ‘Epidemiology and Economics of Corona Virus’ from Sustainable Development Solutions Network of Global Initiative for United Nations (GIUN) 30th March 2019 . She awarded ICSSR Senior Research Fellow 2010-2011 . Nomination as a Member of ‘Karnataka State Planning Board’ in two Governments in Karnataka . Independent Director of Smart City Tumakuru Board (GOK-GOI) Government of Karnataka –Government of India). Published Sixty five papers in all both Conferences and research papers including book ‘Elements of Indian Economy’ with a Professor of Economics KC Shivananjaiah .She Executive Committee Member of UN Women (UNIFEM) Auckland in 2003-2004 and certified by World Bank group for Economic development and Women empowerment in South India.

Dr.Rekha Jagannath

Laxminarayan Padhi A development professional with more than thirty years of working experience in Government and International Donor projects, programs and schemes in the areas of agriculture, water management, livelihoods, promotion of science education and communication. Earned my Masters in Natural resources planning and management from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. Also professional post graduate diploma in Environment, Rural development and agricultural extension management. He is also adviser to number of High level Technical Committee focussed on Agriculture promotion Development, Food Security, Green Energy promotion, Water Resource Management, Technology application of Rural Entrepreneur Skill Development. He has supervised number of applied projects (minor and major academic projects) for the OUAT and other reputed university students as well as published numbers of articles and Research paper during his government assignment. He is Advisory member and mentor to the CEED since long.

Laxminarayan Padhi

Prof (Dr.) Raj Kumar Singh

Prof (Dr.) Raj Kumar Singh has done his Schooling from Kendriya Vidyalay(BHU), B.Sc. (Hons) (Institute of Science, BHU), MBA (Institute of Management Studies , BHU), PhD (VBS Purvanchal University), UGC-NET , PG Diploma in Export Management (IIEM) , PG Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication and CYP (BHU) and University Grant Commission Merit Scholarship Holder for being Topper in BHU. The topic of his PhD has been “A Study of Strategic Issues of Brand Management In The Healthcare Sector With Special Reference To The Varanasi City” . Presently he is serving in the School of Management Sciences (SMS), Varanasi, which is UGC NAAC “A” Graded Institute and comes India’s Under Top 50 , leading B-School of India, as a Member of Academic Council, Professor, Dean (R&D) and Head of Department of Department of Commerce of SMS, Varanasi and also as a Chairperson of Centre For Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Skill Development (CEISD) , Also the member of Startups Mentor Team of FIED ( Foundation of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development) , an Incubation Centre of IIM Kashipur and in the Panel of Mentors in Startup India of Ministry of Commerce and Industry , Govt. of India , Institutional Member of National Innovation and Startup Policy and Institution Innovation Council of Innovation Cell of Ministry of Education, Govt. of India He is an Expert of Startups Business Plan , Case Writing , Case Analysis and Case Teaching apart from Qualitative Research and Conceptual Model Building, Curriculum Designing and Pedagogy Development. He has published over 30 Research Papers in various National and International Journals and presented over 15 Research Papers in several National and International Conferences, Summits and Workshops.

Eng. Loy Rego

Eng. Loy Rego is a Practitioner with 40 years of leadership and technical work on governance, program development and implementation on Disaster Preparedness, Risk Reduction (DPRR), Resilience and Adaptation to manmade and ‘natural’ risks, and their Mainstreaming into Sustainable Development, particularly in partnership building, advocacy, mobilization and action at regional, national, sub-national, city and community levels He worked 5 years with Tata Motors (1981-86), 10 with India’s National Safety Council as Joint Director (1986-96), and 15 with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok (1996-2011) as Director and later Deputy ED, partnering with international and regional organizations, national and local governments, civil society n labour organizations, Red Cross n Crescent, private sector, and development partners. Since 2011 he serves as Technical Advisor and volunteer in the US, Myanmar, Egypt and India on DPRR, Rio+20, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international agendas of 2015-16. He worked to establish the MARS Practitioners Network (2012) and VERVE Volunteers Program (2014). His 3 degrees are a B Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, Safety from Central Labour Institute, both in Bombay, and an Ll.B in law from Pune, and specialized short term courses on disaster management.

Dr Bijaya Kumar Rath

Dr Bijaya Kumar Rath is an Ex General Manager Geology, ONGCL (A National Maharatna Oil Company of India)On deputation to (Directorate General Of Hydrocarbons) DGH a technical arm of (Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas) MoPNG, Govt. of India since 2014.Presently working as Consultant in (Secondary Data Centre-National Data Repository) SDC-NDR,DGH in Bhubaneswar, Odisha after superannuated from ONGC. More than 30 years of experience in Oil exploration in active Indian Sedimentary Basins.Out of 30 years around 15 years dedicated for exploration and production of Hydrocarbon and rest of the period in various capacities like Administrative, Finance, Leasioning and other misclaneous works. After joining ONGC did Ph.D in Marine sciences, MBA (HR), MGIS remote sensing , Gis and Gps, Also Six Sigma both belts in management. Certified (Project Management Professionals)PMP from PMI(Project Management Institute)USA with Good Standing. Attended a short training on “Communication and Skill Development” from India”s Top Management Institute IIM, Indore. Project Management and Portfolio management has been carried out by me very effectively (time,cost,quality output), utilising PMP and Communication skills. Mentored Research scholars, MSc/MTech students from different IITs, Universities, other Institutes to ONGC premier institutes KDMIPE & IMD, Dehradun. Involved in Location Generation, Drilling and Production of Oil & Gas from many fields in ONGC as team leader and some times as team member. Delivered skills regarding Data Acquisation, Processing and Interpretation prior to drilling and production of Hydrocarbons from a field to freshers inducted as new Graduate Trainees in ONGC. Exposure to many International and National Technical/Scientific conferences/seminars like SPG(Society of Petroleum Geophysicsist), (Society of Petroleum Engineers)SPE,(Association of Petroleum geologists)APG,PETROTECH and also presented papers and posters. Published many papers Basin specific in In-house ONGC Billet-in.Attended Training on Disaster Management thru GIS and Remote sensing sponsored by ISRO, organised by (Geological Survey of India)GSI, Hyderabad. Presently Maintaining smooth interface between SDC Bhubneswar and NDR,DGH,Noida(Delhi-NCR)

Dr Manoranjan Sharma

Dr Manoranjan Sharma Chief Economist, Infomerics Ratings, Delhi has a brilliant academic record. He was the Chief Economist of Canara Bank for 17 years, General Manager for 6 years and Chief Learning Officer for 5 years. Widely traveled both in India and abroad, he is globally recognized as an expert in Indian economy, banking, MSMEs, rural credit, financial inclusion, etc. He has made presentations and Chaired sessions at national and international Conferences. His papers have repeatedly been globally accepted, viz., Global Finance Conference-Las Vegas, USA (April 2004); Emerging Issues in Business and Technology-Western Illinois University, USA (Oct. 2004); Applied Business Research Conference, Florida USA (Jan. 2005); International Symposium Economy & Business, Bulgaria (Sept. 2005); International Business Research Conference- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (March 2005); Global Business and Economic Research Conference-Istanbul, Turkey (Aug. 2005); International Conference on Globalization, Technology and Sustainable Development-Abu Dhabi, UAE (Nov. 2005); Max Planck Indian Institute of Science (IISc) International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth-Bangalore (Oct. 2007).He has been nominated a member of over a dozen Advisory Councils in six States, viz., Member, Governor’s Advisory Council, Rajasthan; Chancellor’s Nominee on Senate, Rajasthan University, Jaipur; Chancellor’s Nominee on Board of Management, Kota University; Expert Member, AIMA, Delhi; Vice Chairman, Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD). He is associated with banks, Universities, leading institutions, viz., Terrapinn Pte Ltd. (Singapore); Marcus Evans (Malaysia); Naseba (Paris/Dubai); Government of India and State Governments, IICA of Corporate Affairs Ministry, NIEPA of Education Ministry, NIDM of Home Ministry, RBI, IIMs, IITs, IGIDR, Mumbai, NIRD, Hyderabad, etc. He has been on over 100 Selection Panels of Canara Bank, Bank of India, Union Bank of India and Tamilnadu Mercantile Bank (TMB); Expert Evaluator for the prestigious BML Munjal Award (Hero Honda Group) and JS Juneja Award (AIMA), Expert by the Indian Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), Mumbai. His papers and books, viz., Global Financial Meltdown; Leading Issues in Indian Economy; Studies in Money, Finance and Banking; India’s Transforming Financial Sector; Dynamics of Indian Banking; and Indian Economic Policies and Data figure in Libraries of almost all top Universities of the world, viz., Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, London School of Economics, Library of Congress, Washington; Harvard, Princeton, Yale, etc. He has 300 publications. Professional Banker (ICFAI, Hyderabad), Analyst (ICFAI, Hyderabad) Yojana (Information and Broadcasting Ministry), Property World (global London-based UBM group, Mumbai), The Economic Times, Financial Express, Times of India, Hindu Business Line. His views have been repeatedly cited in The Associated Press (New York), Dow Jones (New York), International Herald-Tribune (New York), Wall Street Journal (New York).

Dr Béla Albert Marosi, international researcher and academician from Rumania ,Europe currently working as Professor in Mongolia International, University under Dept. of Biotechnology and Food Science. He lead the department and supervise students specially Lab experiment, research and field bas scientific experiment. He did his PhD Molecular Biology Centre, Institute for Interdisciplinary Experimental Research, “Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca. The PhD project was acrried out under the scientific supervision of Prof. Univ. Dr. Octavian Popescu. The title of the PhD thesis is: Molecular markers for amphibian and reptilian population genetics. Course of Evolutionary Genomics of Natural Populations at the Biology Education Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden. He has published number of international jurnal paper and Book chapter. He dedicated to work internationally on the field of Micro biology , Human and Animal health, molecular biology and genetics, water qualty Management Research etc. Major Publications are follows; 1.Béla A. Marosi; Karen M. Kiemnec-Tyburczy; Ioan V. Ghira; Tibor Sos; Octavian Popescu. 2014. Identification and characterization of major histocompatibility complex class IIB alleles from three species of European ranid frogs. Molecular Biology research Communications (MBRC) 3/4: 215-222; 2.Marosi AB, Sos T, Ghira IV, Popescu O. 2013. COI Based Phylogeography and Intraspecific Genetic Variation of Rana dalmatina Populations in the Vicinity of the Carpathians. GERMAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY RESEARCH (GJZR) 1: 7-16, 3.Marosi AB, Zinenko OI, Ghira IV, Crnobrnja-Isailović J, Lymberakis P, Sós T, Popescu O. 2012. Molecular data confirm recent fluctuations of northern border of dice snake (Natrix tessellata) range in Eastern Europe. North-Western Journal of Zoology 8(2): 374-37, 4.Marosi A. B., Ghira I. V., Sós T., Popescu O. 2011. Identification of partial MHC class II B exon 2 sequences in two closely related snake species: Natrix tessellata and Natrix natrix. Herpetologica Romanica 5: 1-6.

Dr Béla Albert Marosi,


Isabela Battistello Espíndola , is an International Researcher and lives in São Paulo (Brazil). She graduated in International Relations (B.A.) and Economics (B.A.) from FACAMP School of Economics (FACAMP) and a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences (M.Sc.) from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar). She is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Geography at the University of São Paulo (USP), where she researches transboundary water management in the La Plata Basin, through conflict and cooperation relations, and according to the theories and structures of hydropolitics, hydrodiplomacy, and international relations. The scope of her Ph.D. research includes the 2030 Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Transboundary Environmental Issues, as well as international water legislation, the structure of river basin organizations (RBOs), and efficiency indicators for transboundary water management. She is a fellow from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP scholarship no. 2017/17997-9), receiving a scholarship to develop her Ph.D. research. In addition, she is a researcher member of the Political Geography Laboratory (GEOPO-USP) and a member of the Water Youth Network, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, United People Global, Climate Reality Project, International Studies Association, Latin American Studies, World Youth Parliament for Water, and is part of the Brazil Steering Committee at the BRICS CCI Young Leaders. Since her M.Sc. degree, she has worked in the area of international relations and the environment, with a focus on transboundary water resources. Through her work and research, Isabela has participated in numerous national and international events such as the Youth Assembly (2018), the Tsukuba Global Science Week (2018), the World Youth Forum (2019), the International Student Festival of Harkat (2020), the Youth 20 Summit (2020), the General Assembly of the World Youth Parliament for Water (2021), among others”.

Isabela Battistello Espíndola,


Priya Behrens-Shah, A dual citizen of Germany and the UK, of East African and Indian origin,. She did her MSc. Water Management from Cranfield University, United Kingdom Specialising in global water policy and management and BSc. International Studies Grant from the UK Department of Trade, Industry and Commerce . Priya was Candidate, 2009 European Parliamentary Elections Green Party of England and Wales 2007/2008, Priya is a multicultural and multilingual project and organisational development consultant with over ten years of work experience spanning the public, private and non-profit sectors. She is keenly interested in sustainability issues, equality, equity and innovation. Asides from thematic specialisations in water policy, governance and international development and a strong research interest in water rights and water allocation mechanisms, Priya's professional experience encompasses a wide range of skills, including: programme development, monitoring & evaluation, strategy development, business development, communication, networking, negotiation, training and research & analysis.

Priya previously worked at Transparency International's HQ in Berlin, Germany, where she contributed to the organisation, growth and global positioning of the 'Water Integrity Network (WIN)', a pioneering, pro-poor programme focused on improving governance in the international water sector. Her responsibilities included From the operationalisation of the pilot phase of the WIN Small Grants Fund, a pioneering fund aimed at reinforcing the base of anti-corruption tools, methodologies and actions for fighting corruption in the worldwide water sectors; research and communications and media relations. Before joining WIN, Priya worked at Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (UK), where she reviewed the scope of achievements towards international water and agricultural targets, in preparation for input into the GPPN for CSD-16. She worked for Welthungerhilfe (various locations): Germany: Editorial and Translation services for the WASH Orientation Framework and donor proposals Pakistan: Strategy Development Consultant, supported Alliance 2015 partner organisations in the development of a strategy for a countrywide WASH governance programme. Tasks included: research into the WASH governance context in Pakistan, planning and facilitation of strategy development workshops, preliminary needs-assessments, key informant interviews, identification of new partnership potential and the drafting of a funding proposal to AusAID Myanmar: Evaluation Consultant and Trainer, designed, planned and managed (including supervision of teams) two regional studies focused on WASH sustainability and WASH KAP. Also conducted two training courses to develop capacities of enumerators and national staff in social research methods and data-collection and analysis Kenya: Evaluation Consultant, planned, implemented and evaluated a pilot WASH sustainability study of 100+ infrastructure projects. Tested and fine-tuned methodologies and presented opportunities for enhancing impact of interventions, partnership development, donor coordination, as well as a mandatory system for ex-post monitoring Other clients include: The Transnational Institute, FDCL and RWW (the RWE Group)

Ms. Priya Behrens-Shah Water Policy Specialist and Adviser CEED


Dr. Manjula Ranagalage, PhD

Dr. Manjula Ranagalage is working as a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management, Department of Environmental Management, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. Dr Ranagalage obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree with a Geography specialization and a First Class at the University of Colombo in 2006. Furthermore, he earned two master’s degrees in Geo-informatics and Geography at the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, the University of Peradeniya in 2010, and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura in 2013 respectively. He has completed a PhD in Science (Geoenvironmental Sciences) in the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences of the University of Tsukuba, Japan, in 2019. Dr Ranagalage has published more than 50 peer-reviewed index journal articles, including some in SCI, SSCI, ESCI journals and other peer-reviewed index journals, more than 50 conference publications, and more than ten books. His research disciplines are included urban geography, urban climate change, urban green volume and built-up volume, urban heat island, application of GIS and remote sensing for water resources management, disaster management, environment management, tsunami vertical evacuation, forest cover changes, land change science, and soil erosions management. It is also noteworthy that the geographical area he has chosen for conducting research covers Sri Lanka and Japan, India, China, Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria, and some countries in the African continent and the Middle-east of the Asian continent. By considering his research works, he was awarded several awards such as; Most Outstanding Young Researcher of Sri Lanka in Humanities/Aesthetics/Social science in 2018 and Research Excellency awards (Tsukuba University President Award) in 2019.

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Mehta, PhD

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Mehta is currently Principal Scientist, - Rural Research and Development Centre at S M Sehgal Foundation, Gurugram, India. He holds a PhD degree in Economics from Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore; an MPhil degree in Planning and Development from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay; and MA and BA (honour’s) degrees in Economics from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He was a recipient of national scholarship during M.Phil and PhD. A development specialist, he has over 15 years of experience in teaching and research. Prior to joining S M Sehgal Foundation, he has worked at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad and taught Economics at Ohio-Christ University and Alliance University, Bangalore. His areas of expertise are rural development, agriculture, climate change, gender, water, impact evaluation, and quantitative research.

Reena Marwah, PhD

Reena Marwah is Associate Professor, Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University, India and is an M. Phil and PhD in International Business. In addition to several years of postgraduate teaching at management institutions, she also lectures frequently institutions of higher learning in India and abroad. Has been teaching in the college since 1982.She has been the recipient of fellowships including the Robert McNamara fellowship in 1999 as well as the Asia fellowship from the Asian Scholarship Foundation in 2002-2003. Authored/co-authored and co-edited five books, three monographs in addition to several research articles, conference papers and has delivered over 50 lectures at different institutions in India and abroad on issues of Indian economic development, poverty and governance, gender and development. She is the Secretary General of the Association of Asia Scholars and has organised several workshops and seminars in Asian countries. Is responsible for publishing Millennial Asia, the bianuual journal of the Association of Asia Scholars.

Mrs.Agnes Rani Paul from Chennai, Tamilnadu, did her master degree Social Work from Stella Maris Collage, Chennai and batchler from the College of Social Work, Mumbai. Humanitarian work from Institute of Minorities-European Academy Bolzano-Bozen- Italy Her Professional experiences are: 15 years professional experience in the humanitarian sector began with grass root organizations in South India and slowly rose up to managing and leading programmes. Throughout the professional involvement my conscious option of organizations and programmes has been one that stands and promotes Human Rights, Justice, Peace and Good Governance. The professional skills and experiential knowledge harvested by this passionate involvement are enumerated below. 14 years of experience in planning, implementation and managing of large and complex multi-sector programmes in development and humanitarian context, experience in overall Coordination (Human Resources, Finance and Field Operations). More than 9 years experience proposal writing, fund mobilizing and adhering to the compliance requirements which include project reviews, impact analysis, periodic reporting and evaluation for the various funding partners and International organizations such as Oxfam, Action Aid, Care India, Catholic Relief Services, AEI – Luxemburg, Caritas India, Caritas Germany, Malteser – Germany, Cordaid, Save the children, USAID, UNICEF.Livelihood programme management experience in Development as well as post disaster recovery process with hands on experience mainly through SHG approach. Substantial management experience in Disaster Response and Recovery Programmes: hands an experience of working for the relief and reconstruction programme of earthquake, floods and communal carnage, Tsunami in India and Sri Lanka. Knowledge in Project Cycle Management, Good understanding of accountability mechanisms and practices Hands on experience of using PRA approach.

Mrs. Agnes Rani Paula

Eng. Lana Panda did her Bachelor in Civil Engineering, Utkal University, Orissa, and Masters of Planning with specialization in Urban Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. Presently working as Technical Adviser for mainstreaming Public Private Partnership (PPP), in Orissa. Working as PPP expert in State PPP Cell (Govt. of Orissa), through Department of Economic Affairs, Govt. of India. She is Responsible for identification of infrastructure projects to be implemented through PPP format, capacity building of various Stakeholders, Appraisal and Review of proposals and documents submitted by various Transaction Advisors, finalization of Contract Agreements, reviewing and ensuring the quality of financial analysis, risk management analysis and protocols, and demand projections of all project providers for PPP funding .She has more than 14 years of experience in Urban Planning and Infrastructure Development covering aspects of project identification, feasibility studies, demand analysis, planning for provision, issues related to Social planning, preparation of Comprehensive Development Plans and Structure Plans for cities/ towns of various sizes, preparation of layouts plans for residential and industrial schemes, preparation of feasibility reports and conducting various surveys and analysis, and formulation of planning policies. She has expertise on Identifying and analyzing urban development trends, selection of potential projects in Urban Planning, Feasibility studies, development analysis, forecasting and conceptual planning tasks required for development projects, preparation of detailed study report, liaison work in technical, administrative and financial matter with Governmental bodies, Consultancy organizations and NGOs; formulating, and implementing policies and strategies to meet the challenges of rapid urbanization of various region 

Eng. Lana Panda