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

mamDr. Malvika Chauhan (Member)
Executive Director Himmotthan Society,
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
 

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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, (Fellow and Coordinator)
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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Dr. D. S. Chauhan : (Senior Fellow)
Has worked on hydro-chemistry and sediment transport of Gangotri and Bhagirath Kharak glaciers, the main feeders for the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers. He has also worked in the ecotourism sector and was closely associated with designing of an ecotourism services package for a resort near Corbett National Park in Ramnagar. He currently heads the Livelihood portfolio of CEDAR.
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Ms. Roshan Rathod (Senior Research Associate)
Roshan has a Masters in Sustainable Development Practice from TERI University, New Delhi. A gender professional, Roshan has obtained her Post Graduations in Gender, Culture and Development as well as Social Entrepreneurship. She has worked on forests as well as water conservation in the villages of Maharashtra with a focus on the impact of conservation practices on the gender relations in the community. At CEDAR, as a Senior Research Fellow, she would be primarily focusing on climate change adaptation strategies in the Himalayan region.
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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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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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Tanmay Pisolkar (Research Associate)
Tanmay has graduated in science and completed his post graduation in Geology from Fergusson College, Pune with a specialization in Structural Geology. He has worked in mining company as field geologist. His work interest is in Rejuvenation of Ground Water Table and Sustainable Management of Ground Water. In CEDAR, as a Geologist, he is involved under the critical water zone program in rural and urban areas of Himalayas. 
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Mr. Manishankar Madishetty (Research Associate)
Mani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from JNAFA University, Hyderabad and master’s degree in Urban Development and Management from TERI University New Delhi. He is interested in Building Sustainable Climate Resilient Cities, Master planning and GIS applications for urban development. At CEDAR, he involved in IDRC funded project titled “Climate adaptive and equitable water management systems for medium-sized cities: participatory research and innovation in north India and Nepal”.
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Sana Hussain (Research Associate)
Sana has a Master's in Environmental Studies and Resource Management from TERI University with a specialisation in Hydrology. Her previous work involves understanding the impact of urbanisation on lakes, groundwater and sanitation. Her interest lies in groundwater hydrology and sanitation. In CEDAR, she is focusing on climate change adaptation strategies in urban settings with a special focus on water.
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Anushka Rege (Research Associate) 
Anushka has completed a masters in wildlife biology & conservation jointly conducted by WCS India and NCBS Bangalore. Her masters dissertation looked at how terrestrial mammals use a matrix landscape of forests and cashew plantations. She has also worked on birds and butterflies before. Her interests include understanding how biodiversity responds to modified landscapes, reconciling conservation with stakeholder livelihoods, human-wildlife interactions and policy. She is passionate about outreach and enjoys interacting with local communities. At CEDAR, she is involved in designing outreach activities and is a part of the team that investigates the effects of changing land use patterns on Himalayan biodiversity.
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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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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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Ms. Anvita Pandey (Voluntary Researcher)
Anvita is a volunteer at CEDAR and is currently pursuing her Ph.D from Doon University, Dehradun. She is a DST INSPIRE fellow. Her PhD is in forest ecology mainly focusing on the impact of Chronic Disturbances on Banj Oak forests of Western Himalayas. After completing her masters in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, she has worked with the organisation for an year before starting her PhD work Her interest areas are ecology, ecosystem services, climate change, remote sensing, urban environmental law and policy and disaster management.
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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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Jobeth Teves (Intern) 
Jobeth has completed a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from Macquarie University and is currently undertaking her Masters in Environmental Management at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her work experience covers both the private and public sector, in a consultancy role and project support. She has a keen interest in education and communication and wishes to further explore areas of water management, climate change adaptation and traditional knowledge. At Cedar, she will be involved in the Climate Adaptive and Water Management Practices for Cities in South Asia (CAMPS) project.

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Ms. Siobhan Eastman (Intern)(National Post Doctoral Fellow)
Siobhan has recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography. She aspires to work in the disaster management sector. Academically, she is interested in ecology, climate change, disaster management and volcanology. She works with a local environmental charity, The Norfolk Wildlife Trust, when at home. In her work at CEDAR, she is researching adaptation of the people in the Upper Ganga Basin to climate change.
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