Ms. Sulagna Chattopadhyay:

Sulagna Chattopadhyay has been working for 25 years 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 journo-mag focusing on Climate Change, Development and Environment in particular, being published since 2001. Apart from completing 142 issues of the journo-mag, (now a part of the India Citation Index), she has been involved in various research and outreach programmes and has co-authored 2 books namely 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 been a member of the National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai and has engaged in various efforts towards conservation and climate change. She has a deep interest in polar studies and policy and has been organizing Science & Geopolitics of Himalaya-Arctic-Antarctic conference since 2011 for policy and advocacy of the three poles. 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 Space Research Organisation, HQ Bangalore.

Dr. P. S. Goel, former Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Earth Sciences is currently the Raja Ramanna Chair Professor at NIAS, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) 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 referred 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. Dr. Goel was Chairman, Spacecraft System Advisory Board for IRS-1, Project engineer AOCS for APPLE and Associate Project Director INSAT-I. He was Head, Control System Division, Group Director AOCS, Deputy Director Mission and Control Area, Associate Director of ISAC and was Director ISRO Satellite Centre from 1997 to 2005. He was DRDO Chair at RCI/ DRDO Hyderabad pursuing space for National Security. Dr Goel was awarded Padma Shri in 2001. He has received several awards including Life Time Achievement Award of the Aeronautical Society of India and Distinguished Scientist Award of ISRO. He is a fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad; Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi; Institution of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineers, New Delhi; Aeronautical Society of India, Bangalore and Third World Academy of Sciences. He has recently been honoured with Fellowship of Indian Society of Systems for Science and Engineering.

Sachidanand Sinha Professor , CSRD Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Dr Sinha is a professor in the Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD) in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has over 40 years of experience in teaching and research on issues related to education, health, geography and livelihood.

Dr. K. J. Ramesh Former Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, Government of India.

Dr K J Ramesh obtained his PhD 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, elected Member of National Academy of Sciences.

Rasik Ravindra Former Director, NCAOR, Goa.

Dr R 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 ninth Antarctic expedition in 1989-91.

Dr.N.Prasad Executive Editor Bhugol Aur Aap, Director, Parliamentary and Administrative Research Institute

Dr Prasad is an MA, MPhil and PhD from the School of International Studies, Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 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.

Prithvish Nag Former Vice Chancellor, MG Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi

Dr Nag holds an MSc (Gold Medalist), PhDfrom 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 has also been the President of India National Cartographic Association and Institute of India Geographers.

Saraswati Raju Former Professor , CSRD Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

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 Asian Youth. She is an internationally renowned scholar on Gender-related issues. Also to her credit is India’s first Gender-Atlas.

B Meenakumari Former Chairperson, National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai

Dr Meenakumari, before becoming the Chairperson of NBA, worked as Deputy Director General of Fisheries, the topmost position in fisheries. She is the first woman scientist to come up to this position in the last 80 years of existence of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Dr. DPS Seth Former Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

Member, TRAI Dr Seth worked with the DoT, in telecom research and development for 18 years at the beginning of his career. Thereafter, he was associated with planning, operations and maintenance of services and has been closely associated in the formulation of policy documents for the DoT and vision document for MTNL. He was the chairman and managing director of BSNL and worked as a member Telecom Commission of India.

Ajit Tyagi Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Former DG, IMD, New Delhi.

Dr Tyagi served as Director General of Meteorology, 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.

Prof. Aslam Mahmood Former Professor, Jawharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Dr 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.

Dripto Mukhopadhaya Chief Executive Officer Ascension Centre for Research and Analytics (ACRA), Noida, Uttar Pradeshi

He has been associated with applied economic and consumer research for over 18 years, 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 form of research papers and chapters.

B Sengupta Former Member Secretary , Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi

Dr B Sengupta is an Environmental Scientist who worked with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), under Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India for more than 30 years – of which for 10 years he was the Member Secretary of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). He has also worked with University of Florida, Gainesville, USA on air quality management and control.

Dr. Satish C. Tripathi Dr. Satish C. Tripathi is a former Dy. Director General, The Society of Earth Scientists.

He has been associated with active geological field investigations for over 25 years in various domains of geosciences. He launched India’s first open access e-Journal Earth Science India-www.earthscienceindia.info 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.

Victor Smetacek Victor Smetacek is Professor Emeritus for Bio-Oceanography at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany.

His 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 PhD 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. Since retirement he has switched from field to thought experiments on subjects ranging from carbon dioxide removal to human evolution.

Sunil Kumar De DHe is the present Head of the Department of Geography, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India.

His 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. In his career he has published more than 60 research papers in different 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 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 M Satish Kumar Director for Internationalisation in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Natural and Built Environment.

He is a Fellow, The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. He 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. His current research relates to geographies of decolonisation, urban development, cultural heritage and development.