People

 

Governing Board

uyuyProf. S. P. Singh, FNA (Chairman)
Ex Vice Chancellor, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar
Formerly Advisor, Planning Commission Govt. of Uttarakhand
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Prof. B. K. Joshi (Vice- Chairman)
Ex Vice Chancellor, Kumaun University, Nainital
Director, Doon Library, Dehradun

 rajDr. Rajesh Thadani
Ex – Officio Secretary, Executive Director


uyuyDr. Ravi Chopra (Member)
Founder, People’s Science Institute,
Dehradun

      

Ghazala ShahabuddinDr. Ghazala Sahabuddin (Member)
Senior Fellow, Centre for Ecology Development
and Research, Dehradun

Research Advisory Board

snProf. J.S. Singh
FNA, FNASc, FASc, FTWA Professor
Emeritus 
Department of Botany Banaras
Hindu University
mackDr. Meg Lowman
Ph.D. Director of Global Initiatives
& Senior Scientist in Plant Conservation California Academy of Sciences
shiProf. K. Shivaramakrishnan
Professor of India & South Asia Studies,
Anthropology; School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
 

antibiotic-drugsDr. Bhaskar Vira Director,
University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute Department of Geography

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Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni
Director ACWADAM, Pune

 dobDr. Rajendra Dobhal
Director General Uttarakhand State Council for Science & Technology Dehradun

 

Team

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Dr. Rajesh Thadani, Ph.D (Senior Fellow and Executive Director)
Rajesh is a forest ecologist who did his MFS and Ph.D from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His work is focused on the central Himalayan oak pine ecosystem on issues related to anthropogenic disturbance and also ecosystem services. He has headed Chirag the largest grassroots NGO in Kumaon. He is a Director of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP-India), has an adjunct position at the Yale F&ES, and is Managing Director of an FMCG company. He has been associated with the Sir Ratan Tata Trust as a senior advisor. 
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Hemant R Ojha Ph.D
Senior Fellow (Honorary), Environmental Policy and Governance 

Dr Ojha is an expert on environmental policy and governance and his work on community based natural resource governance is recognised globally. Dr Ojha has championed the development community forestry in Nepal, as action researcher, activist and policy analyst during 1996-2010. During this period, he founded ForestAction – a well known research institute in South Asia for its critical and policy-engaged research. In 2011, he also founded Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS) – a policy think tank based in Kathmandu. He has active global research partnership on the sustainable development of the Himalayas, and he has been collaborating with CEDAR on this mission since 2013 on various research projects, including the UK funded research on political economy of water governance in partnership with University of Cambridge. He has published 6 books from Routledge, Cambridge, and Adroit, and his papers have appeared in high impact journals related to society and environment - including World Development, Climate Policy, Critical Policy Studies, Journal of Rural Studies, and Development and Change. His current research covers topics such as climate change policy, science-policy interface, food security policy, water security in urban areas, focussing on the Himalayan regions of Nepal, India and Bangladesh. He has also worked in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cameron, Australia and the UK. He was a Senior Fellow at University of Melbourne and a is currently a Research Fellow at University of new South Wales, Australia.
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Dr. Vishal Singh, (Deputy Executive Director)
He has been extensively involved in understanding the impact of chronic disturbances on the forest Central Himalayan region and assessment of changing climatic conditions on livelihoods of rural and vulnerable population in the mid Himalayan zone. His current research interest is on studying the impact of urbanisation on ecosystem services associated with the natural infrastructure within the urban confines in the Himalayas. He has recently completed a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. 
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Dr. Ghazala Shahabuddin : (Senior Fellow)
Ghazala Shahabuddin is an ecologist working on issues at the interface of human society and ecology in India including biodiversity in managed landscapes, forest bird communities, community-based conservation, protected area manage ment and conservation-induced displacement. She completed her Master’s in Ecology from Pondicherry University and her PhD in conservation biology from Duke University (USA. She taught as Associate Professor at Ambedkar University, Delhi. Her current research involves exploring the ecology of forests under local management in the states of Uttarakhand and Haryana, including long-term vegetation dynamics and avifaunal community composition.
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Chetan Agarwal (Senior Fellow)
Chetan specializes in policy analysis around ecosystem services from forests and mixed landscapes. He has expertise in promoting management for ecosystem services including forest watershed services and biodiversity at multiple scales and using diverse instruments including tenure, zoning, regulations, institutions and incentive systems. He has worked extensively in Himachal Pradesh, the Haryana Aravallis, the central tribal states, and internationally. He has degrees in Public Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington, and rural management from IRMA, Anand. 
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Ms. Anvita Pandey (Senior Research Associate) 
Anvita received her Master’s degree in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. She is in her final phase of Ph.D. Her research work is in forest ecology mainly focusing on the impact of Chronic Disturbances on Banj Oak forests of Western Himalayas. Prior to joining CEDAR, she was a DST INSPIRE Fellow at Doon University and has received Young Scientist Award for her research work by Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology. Her interest areas are ecology, ecosystem services, climate change, urban environmental law and policy, remote sensing, and disaster management.
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Riyaan HabeebMr. Riyan Habeeb (Programme Specialist)
An architect and planner by education, Riyan holds a Masters degree in Urban and Rural Planning from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and Bachelors in Architecture from National Institute of Technology, Himachal Pradesh, his main research interest focuses on sustainable urbanism, interlinking built environment with the natural environment, understanding land use changes with ecosystem services especially in the Himalayas. He has worked both in governmental and non-governmental institutions being involved in various National and International Urban Missions gaining experiences in Climate Responsive Architecture, Energy Efficient Buildings, Climate Resilient Planning, Policy and Praxis. He divides his time between research, academics and professional practice.
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nonie-juiceMr. Prateek Sengupta (Research Associate)
He has a background of technical planning from School of Planning & Architecture and a Masters in Sustainable Development Practices from TERI University. He aspires to work in the sector of social development. Prateek has deep interests in ecology and livelihoods; worked with programs like Forest-PLUS & JnNURM. He is associated with CEDAR to research on Himalayan Springs and other projects consisting components of water management. 
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Ms. Ishani Sachdeva (Research Associate)
Graduating from a Commerce background, Ishani Sachdeva completed her Masters degree in Sustainable Development Practice from TERI University, New Delhi. After joining CEDAR, she has been involved in the Hi-AWARE (Himalayan Adaptations, Water and Resilience) Research on Glacier and Snowpack Dependent River Basins for Improving Livelihoods. Her interest areas are environmental issues pertaining to Himalayan communities in terms of climate change and natural resource management, policy and practice. 
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Manya Singh (Research Associate)
She graduated from Ramjas College (University of Delhi) in Botany. She completed her Masters in Ecology and Environmental Studies from Nalanda University, Rajgir. Prior to working in CEDAR as Research Associate, she had been working for CESC as a Research Fellow in Gujarat. She has also interned under FMC in Jaipur. Her research interests include Biodiversity Conservation, Traditional Knowledge and International Environmental Law, Policy and Governance.
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Dr. Nidhi Singh, Ph.D (Research Associate)
Nidhi attained her doctoral degree in Forestry. Her doctoral work is related to provenance variation, nursery technology and field management practices in the plains of Northern India. She has also worked on the microorganisms (Rhizobium and VAM), their effect on biomass production, nutrient uptake and litter decomposition in different soil types. At CEDAR she is involved in long term monitoring of permanent plots across disturbances and altitudinal gradients in Kumaun Himalaya.
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Yashi Gupta (Junior Research Associate)
Yashi has done her Masters in Forestry from Kumaon University, Nainital. In her Master’s she has been involved in Vegetation analysis, Soil analysis and Herbacious biomass analysis. She has also worked under the E- WaSH project.At CEDAR, she has joined the Forest and Humans theme. Her interest areas are Environmental sectors, Rural and Urban development, Wildlife Photography and Disaster management.
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Mr. Narendra Singh Raikwal (Sr. Field Assistant)
Mr. Narendra Singh Raikwal (Sr. Field Assistant)
Naren has over 20 years of experience in field monitoring and research. He has been associated with the setting up of long term monitoring plots and has worked in measuring and monitoring activities related to various aspects of the oak-pine ecosystem. He is based in the Mukteshwar area and has extensive field knowledge of local forests.
 


 

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Mr. Anil Tyagi (Finance Officer)
Anil has been involved in the development sector for last 15 years. He has been involved in CEDAR since 2009. Apart from managing the finances of the organization. Anil has keen interest in Microfinance and Enterprise development in the Himalayas.
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Mr. Dharmendra Singh (Assistant Accountant)
Dharmendra has completed his masters in Commerce from HNB Garhwal University. He takes care of day to day office requirements. He is an exceptional right arm fast bowler with special ability to swing both ways and enjoys travelling.
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Dr. Rajkamal Goswami(National Post Doctoral Fellow)
Dr. Rajkamal Goswami is working as a National Post Doctoral Fellow in CEDAR under the N-PDF scheme of SERB (DST), Government of India. His interests include wildlife ecology, conservation biology, landscape ecology, biological inventory, monitoring and natural history with special interest in mammalian, avian and lepidopteran (butterflies) taxa. His focus has primarily been towards understanding the conservation ecology of human-forest interfaces, particularly how forest governance regimes and politics of resource control affects wildlife populations and their conservation. At CEDAR, he is looking at the linkages between different forest-management systems and land-use and assess the impact of such management-driven changes on mammalian and avian communities. His work encompass large-scale comparisons between two biodiversity hotspots- Eastern Himalayas (Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya) and Western Himalayas (Kumaon, Uttarakhand).
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