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Francophone Africa
2006-2007 - Cohort 12
Soumana Gargara is a Hydraulics Engineer and division leader of a program conducting studies on water and the environment and combating desertification in Niger
Southern and Eastern Africa
Professor Spider Kajera Mughogho was born on 24 September 1941 at Gamba Village in Chitipa, northern Malawi. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1970 at the University of Massachusetts, USA, majoring in Soil Science with chemistry as a minor. In January 1975 he acquired an MSC at Cornell University, majoring in Soil Science after two years of study with Vegetable Crops Physiology as a minor. He performed so well at the masters level that he was offered a scholarship for a PhD study at the same university. Prof. Mughogho proved his worth academically by finishing his Ph D studies in a record time of exactly two years in January 1977.

He has held various jobs at both national and international level which include Research Assistant at both Massachusetts and Cornell Universities while studying, Assistant Lecturer and Farm Operations Manager at University of Malawi, Research Officer for Ministry of Agriculture in Zimbabwe, International Soil Scientist for International Fertilizer Development Center of Alabama (based at IITA in Ibadan Nigeria). He is now an associate professor of Soil Science at Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi. In 1993/94 he was a Fullbright scholar at the University of Maryland. He has published over forty-six (46) academic papers in international journals and conference proceedings and has contributed six (6) chapters in various books. He supervises several master's and PhD students.

Prof. Mughogho is also an international consultant for various international organizations. He has done consultancies for Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in The Gambia, Eritrea and Malawi. He is a consultant for The Rockefeller Foundation, CIMMYT, and CIAT, Government of Malawi and Coda & Partners among others.

He is a Board Member of the LEAD-SA, and is chairman of the LEAD Program in Malawi; vice-chairman of the African Soil Science Society, and member of the editorial board of the African Soil Science Society, Soil Productivity Task Force (Malawi), Net-working group on Agrogeology and a Senator of the University of Malawi. In the past he has held such positions as Chairman of the following Water Resources Board (Malawi), Committee on University Teaching and Learning, Academic and Administrative Housing Committee, and senior management meetings at Ministry of Agriculture (Malawi). He was also the National Coordinator of the Maryland/Malawi Soil Fertility Project and the Bambara sub-project of the Food Legumes Project. Spider served as advisor of the Bunda students union for about ten years in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He is a member of several professional organizations like the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, the International Soil Science Society, African Soil Science Society and is a founding member of the Zimbabwe Soil Society among others. His interests are in management of soils in the tropics in the areas of soil chemistry and soil fertility and food crop production.
1992-1994 - Cohort 1
Ms Kusyuniati currently hold a position as Deputy for Program in the National AIDS Commission. Her responsibility is to implement programs for HIV and AIDS for the whole country and involving various sectors: government, donors, NGOs, professional, etc. Before that, she was a Program Specialist in USAID Indonesia with responsibility for Reproductive/Child Health within the health team and Behavior Change/Advocacy in the larger basic human services team (covering education, food security, environment and health). She comes from a strong NGO background – still serving as the part-time Executive Director of Yayasan Annisa Swasti (YASANTI), a women’s NGO in Yogyakarta that assists workers to organize for economic and political empowerment, and was the founder in the mid-1990s of Rifka Annisa Women’s Crisis Center, the first such center in Indonesia. She has extensive experience in gender and community development activities, both as a consultant and as a teacher/trainer. Ms Kusyuniati’s design of the Desa SiAGa approach to village preparedness has now been adopted by Indonesia’s Ministry of Health for nationwide implementation. She is currently an Academic Board Member of the post-graduate program in Gender Studies at the University of Indonesia.
2001-2003 - Cohort 10
SRI MARPINJUN is the Director of Lembaga Studi dan Pengembangan Perempuan dan Anak (Institute for Women and Children's Studies and Development), an NGO working on developing inclusive early childhood education. Before she founded this organisation with her two colleagues in 1991, she was an anthropological assistant of health research conducted by the Dr Sardjito hospital.

Sri's main areas of interest are gender equity, children's rights, health, and environment. She has experience in producing early childhood learning materials (such as curriculum and modules), training, and counselling. She graduated from cultural anthropology department of Gadjah Mada University.
2006-2007 - Cohort 12
Srikanta Kumar Panigrahi
Dr Srikant Panigrahi is a consultant [Environment and Forest] with the Planning Commission, Government of India. Currently, he is engaged in examining the fiscal reforms with respect to various sectors of development particularly the initiatives of the State Government. He is also providing various key responsibilities at various organisations and wants to continue being involved in higher capacities for the issues involving the promotion of sustatinable development, climate change and biodiversity conservation.
2006-2007 - Cohort 12
Stanislav Shmelev
Dr Stanislav Shmelev is a specialist in ecological economics with experience in international project management and research undertaken for the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (Austria), St Petersburg State University (Russia), The Open University (UK) and UNDP.

Stanislav is an owner of an NGO, Environment Europe, which specialises in ecological-economic research, and organises interdisciplinary workshops and conferences internationally. The latest project of Environment Europe is a series of workshops on "Sustainable Cities", two of which were held at St Petersburg State University, 2006 and University of Oxford, 2007.

Stanislav taught Economics of the European Union at the University of Essex (2005-2006) and has given invited lectures at the University of Oxford (UK), University of Cambridge (UK), University College London (UK), University of York (UK), University of Gloucestershire (UK), University of Buckingham (UK), Sustainable Europe Research Institute (Austria), Statistics Norway (Norway), Free University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), European University of St Petersburg (Russia).

Stanislav's research interests are in the areas of theoretical and applied aspects of ecological economics and sustainable development, ecological-economic modelling at the international, national and regional levels, sustainable urban and regional development, issues of corporate sustainability, complex systems science, as well as issues of sustainable development in Europe and Russia.

Dr Shmelev is the President-Elect of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics, is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Energy and Environment Research Unit, The Open University. Stanisav Shmelev is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Ecological Economics and Statistics.
2010-2011 - Cohort 16
Stanley Aronoff
Stan Aronoff is a business professional who works on consulting related to the use of geospatial information including remote sensing and GIS data for a range of applications in business and government. Studies in which he has recently participated in have included the development of policies and recommended structure of geospatial infrastructures for the Maldives and Bermuda. He is also a Market analysis for a satellite-based sensor system.
He is currently completing a co-authored book addressed to government and industry professionals on the role and practical use of geospatial technologies including GPS, remote sensing, and GIS to the competitive success of individuals, communities, and countries in a global market, expected release 2010.
He’s interested in the network opportunities and the development of skills that would provide opportunities for him to apply his skills to a broader range of projects including ones related to policies that promote sustainable resource management and development.
Stan holds a Doctorate in Wildland Resource Science from the University of California, Berkeley, California. He also has his Masters in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary, Alberta and a Bachelors in Marine Biology and Ecology from McGill University.
1996-1998 - Cohort 5
Stavroula POULI
Stavroula POULI is an environmental scientist working as an associate in the department of general environmental issues in the Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works, where she has worked since March 1996. She currently evaluates environmental impact assessments, especially those relating to the tourism sector.

S. Pouli is also an associate at the University of the Aegean, where she was involved in the formulation of a national coastal-management plan for ecologically sensitive areas and also on integrated coastal management in the Cyclades Island complex (focusing on nature conservation and water issues). She has also helped prepare the national list of the NATURA 2000 sites according to EU Directive 92/43 for the Ministry's department of natural environment management.
1999-2001 - Cohort 8
Stefan RATING joined the Bar again in December 2008 after 14 years as a civil servant at the European Commission, i.a. at its Legal Service; its Directorate-General for Competition and as a spokesman for the late EU Anti-trust Commissioner, Karel Van Miert.

Prior to that, S. Rating was already a lawyer in private practice, specialising in intellectual property law, anti-trust and regulatory law pertaining to the environment, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. He has acted as an attorney for law firms in Berlin, Frankfurt and Brussels. In 1989-1990, he worked in Argentina with UBA Professor Alberto E. Kattan, who was at the time creating a Federal Ministry of the Environment.

His Ph.D. in law focused on gender equality under EU law (1993). He was admitted to the German bar in 1991 and to the Barcelona bar in 1988; and has law degrees from Barcelona and Freiburg i.Br. universities.
2006-2007 - Cohort 12
Stefanie Hiesinger
Stefanie HIESINGER is a legal officer working in the Directorate-General Climate Action of the European Commission. In this capacity, she shares with her colleagues the responsibility for the preparation of EU implementation measures related to the EU ETS, the presentation and discussion of EU ETS with stakeholders and at conferences, the handling of litigation and court work in support of the EU ETS and the provision of legal advice. Currently, she is mainly involved in the process of setting of ex-ante benchmarks for free allocation of emission allowances.

Before joining the EU's civil service in 2005, Stefanie did a traineeship in judicial and other legal work, mainly working for a German law firm specialising in environmental law issues.
From 2005 to early 2010, she then worked in the European Commission's HR department on issue related to career structure, staff evaluation and promotion.

Stefanie has a French and German law degree. In 2004, she completed her postgraduate studies focusing on environmental law, and in particular climate change issues, at Nantes University in France. She is currently doing a PhD focusing on GMO legislation and WTO law.
Anglophone and West Africa
1993-1995 - Cohort 2
Stella Agegbu DENLOYE
Stella Agegbu Denloye, assistant chief scientific officer for the Central Drug Control Laboratories at the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Lagos, Nigeria, has been a member of both the Institute of Public Analysis of Nigeria and the Chemical Society of Nigeria. Educated at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, she received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a master's degree in analytical chemistry. In the field of environment and development, Ms. Denloye is interested in monitoring pollution levels, greenhouse gases, pesticide residues, waste disposal patterns and recycling. As a LEAD Associate, she hopes to gain a multidisciplinary approach to sustainable development whereby she can formulate and implement environmental policies and stimulate research in toxic waste management and drug adulteration.
Southern and Eastern Africa
2007-2008 - Cohort 13
Stella Gama
Stella GAMA is an Assistant Director of Forestry with the Ministry of Energy and Mines.
Her job description is to ensure sustainable management and utilization of state owned
natural woodlands and plantations. She has experience in Participatory Forest
Management and has taken part in the development of Standards and Guidelines for Participatory Forestry
Management in Malawi. She is an active member of the Community Based Natural Resource Management
Forum Policy Working Group for Malawi. She has also worked with the water resources sector and written
papers for Malawi Water Partnerships. Her Bachelors Degree is in Science from the Chancellor College (1991),
University of Malawi. She also has a MSc in Forestry( 2003) from Bunda College Of Agriculture, University of
Malawi. She holds Certificates of attendance in Forest Management and Planning (JICA), Project Performance
Monitoring (Setym, Canada), Projec Operational Planning (Setym), Project Participatory Monitoring (Mananga,
Swaziland), Project Procurement Procedures (Mananga). Her Master’s thesis looked at the economic
contribution of NTFPs to rural livelihoods.
Anglophone and West Africa
1994-1996 - Cohort 3
Stella Oluyinka BABALOLA
Stella Oluyinka Babalola. Dr. Babalola has served as Senior Research Officer at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (JHU/CCP), Baltimore since 1998. She has over 18 years working experience in international health, education, communication and research in Africa and the Caribbean. Prior to joining JHU/CCP, she consulted for various international agencies in the design, implementation and evaluation of behavior change programs for HIV/AIDS, family planning, child survival, women's political empowerment, early childhood education, adolescent health, and democratic participation. Dr. Babalola obtained her doctorate degree in demography from the University of Paris 5 (Sciences Humaines-Sorbonne), and has published extensively. Her numerous publications include chapters in books and articles in scholarly journals, such as International Family Planning Perspectives, International Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Journal of Community Health, African Journal of AIDS Research, Journal of African Population Studies, Studies in Family Planning, GENUS, Nigerian Journal of Politics, and Promotion and Education. Her areas of research interest include: adolescent reproductive health, positive deviance, democracy and governance, and gender issues.
Francophone Africa
2010-2011 - Cohort 16
Stephane Koss Ngamai
2009-2010 - Cohort 15
Stephanie Chernitzky Trachtenberg Trottner
Stephanie CHERNITZKY is Head of Sustainable Environmental Projects Department for the corporation REGENIX S.A. de C.V., sole representative for ORMAT SYSTEMS, LTD. She is responsible for delegating various environmental studies – such as environmental impact - on proposed sites to establish geothermal binary energy generation, and their evaluation.

On the other hand, Stephanie also enjoys practicing other jobs such as, working as a substitute lecturer of the subject Sustainable Development and Environment, at Universidad Iberoamericana. She also consults with companies to link them with specialized environmental institutions, to get involved and start their own environmental projects within the companies. She strives also to give better life quality to workers by promoting visual health programs with different groups, governmental institutions and companies.

Since a young age, she has always had a unique affinity with nature, and knew this was her life’s mission. As a interdisciplinary, and essential area, her interests and work experience have varied. At this stage in her life, Stephanie is highly interested in environment, gender and development issues.

Ms. Chernitzky has a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Melbourne, Australia. In addition, she also achieved a diploma in Sustainable Design and Architecture from the University Iberoamericana in Mexico.
1996-1998 - Cohort 5
Stephen David FORGERON
- Born 1964 In Quebec, Canada. Raised in Eastern Canada.

- BSc, 1986, MBA 1993

- Worked in salmon and scallop aquaculture industry 1987-1991 as entrepreneur and diving services professional.

- Following MBA, consulted in private venture as busine
2005-2006 - Cohort 11
Stephen Geoffrey HALL
Stephen HALL is a statistician in the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He has responsibility for coordinating work on indicators of sustainable development to support and monitor progress in the UK Government's sustainable development strategy. He has been in this post for seven years, and within the British Civil Service for 17 years. He has previously worked in statistical divisions in other government departments, working on population, town centre, land use, environmental and local government statistics.

Within his current role, Stephen is responsible for a number of indicator publications, and he has developed new formats for these which have been internationally recognised and emulated. He has also been developing the first set of official measures of life satisfaction and wellbeing. Stephen represents the UK in international meetings on indicators organised by Eurostat, UNECE, OECD and UN.

Stephen is the chairman of a leading amateur chamber choir in London. He has also been participating in and most often leading volunteer groups for the National Trust, a large conservation organisation, for 17 years, working on week-long projects to protect the British countryside and to enhance public access.

Stephen has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Warwick, UK
Southern and Eastern Africa
2001-2003 - Cohort 10
Stephen MANDA
Stephen MANDA is the station engineer with Tanzania Electric Supply Company in charge of maintenance, planning and electricity generation. He also provides technical assistance and advice to private companies and individuals with diesel generating sets on proper use, maintenance and fuel waste management i.e to be environmental friendly in their operations. Environmental management is important to Stephen and he oversees renovation of old soak pits and fuel interceptors to eliminate pollution of Lake Tanganyika waters as well as removal of contaminated soil and replacement of fresh soil and grass planting. He holds a BSc engineering degree from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Stephen is a registered professional engineer with the Tanzania Engineers Registration Board and a member of the Institution of Engineers of Tanzania.
Steve Knaebel is President of Cummins, Inc.'s wholly-owned subsidiary in Mexico; Chairman of the Board of EARTH University in Costa Rica, and is on the Board of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature.

He has been President of Cummins, S. de R. L. de C. V. in Mexico since 1987, with overall responsibility for diesel engines and components manufacturing, the sales of engines to truck, bus and generator set assemblers, and a distribution network with over 120 sales and service locations. He was named Vice President Mexico Operations of Cummins Engine Company in 1994.

In 1986-87 he led the negotiations with the Mexican government to privatize the Dina-Cummins joint venture, of which he was Marketing Director from 1983 to 1986. Knaebel joined Cummins in 1981 as Area Director-Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to that, he was USAID Mission Director in Costa Rica for four years.

After receiving his MBA from Stanford University in 1969, he worked eight years for the International Basic Economy Corporation managing low cost housing projects in Puerto Rico, Brazil and Mexico. From 1963 to1965 he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela.

Knaebel is Chairman of the Board of EARTH University in Costa Rica and Chairman Emeritus of Special Olympics-Mexico. He serves on the boards of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, LightHawk and the Mexican National Truck and Bus Producers Association, and is a member of the President's Advisory Council of the Inter-American Foundation. He was Chairman of Special Olympics-Mexico from 1987 through 1999, and also has served on the boards of Acci�n International; Special Olympics, Inc; the American-Mexican Chamber of Commerce; the Mexican Foundation for Rural Development and the Mexican Center for Philanthropy. Knaebel holds a Commercial Pilot's License with Multi-engine and Instrument Ratings, and has logged nearly 1,500 hours.
2007-2008 - Cohort 13
Steven Colling
Steve is founding director of onearth; a company that specialises in using attitudinal and behavioural research to help accelerate sustainable change.
His background is in psychology and mainstream consumer research; running national and international studies for large brands. Over time he realised that he wanted to focus his research on sustainable development. The premise was simple; to provide organisations with research‐based understandings to enable them to make better decisions about achieving more sustainable futures. He enjoys being a ‘hands on’ researcher and believes that the best results are achieved when our personal, business and clients values are closely aligned.
In 2008 Steve completed a large international research project, studying the relationship between energy policy and climate change. The project was conducted across six countries including Bhutan, Brazil, China Japan, Mexico and the USA. The study involved conducting qualitative depth interviews with experts such as; policy makers, company directors, academics, journalists and representatives from environmental NGOs.
He is a Visiting Fellow in Sustainable Development at the Centre for International Business at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. As well as lecturing, he will advise on course and partner on research projects.
1999-2001 - Cohort 8
My career has provided me with opportunities to apply key leadership principles in challenging settings. I have a breadth of experience at the higher-level conceptualization, mid-level structural design, and ground level.

My repertoire of skills includes:

• Visioning
• Strategic planning
• Governance development
• Change management
• Environmental affairs
• Financial modeling
• Legal strategies
• Cultural programs

Areas that I have developed successful applications for including Complex Impact Benefit Agreements for:

• Energy - including oil and gas, independent power projects
• Forestry
• Aggregate export
• Fisheries
• Aquaculture
• Tourism
• Mining

I have lead the design and implementation of successful interventions in:
• Environmental assessment processes at the provincial and federal level;
• Supreme Court of Canada Appeals,
• BC Supreme Court,
• BC Utilities Commission Hearings;
• Environmental Appeal Board Hearings.

My depth of knowledge of the legal, environmental, political, social, and economic issues became the foundation of the 3 Agreements between 15 First Nations and the Province of BC. The agreement defined the Pacific Trails Pipeline right-of-way between Summit Lake and Kitimat. The process included the incorporation of a First Nation Limited Partnership Agreement to bring all of the elements together as well as manage the financial component to the corporation. THe First Nations acquired a 30% equity stake in the pipeline and $35,000,000 in seed money as a result of the historic agreements.

The work that I have completed as the chief, chief negotiator, director of economic independence, and regional manager is the foundation for my Thesis on Aboriginal Title Reconciliation Policy at Royal Roads University where I am in the Master of Business Administration Program.


Visioning, strategic planning, relationship building, regulatory process solutions, environmental intervention, legal strategies, financial modeling, and change management strategies.

Negotiating complex Impact Benefit Agreements, Treaty Negotiations, Joint Venture/Partnership Agreements.
1996-1998 - Cohort 5
Efstratios TELLOGLOU is the technology director (information society strategic planning) for the Federation of Greek Industries, where he has been since June 1996. His interest in environment and development stems from the increasing involvement of the Federation as an intermediary between industry and government.

His career is dedicated to international project management and new business development. In 1988 he joined an informatics consulting company in Greece and later, in 1991, specialized in project management (IT programs) at the Federation of Greek Industry. He is very supportive of research in ecology, and his interests include regional planning and industrial policy. E. Telloglou has studied at Harvard University, McGill, the London School of Economics and INSEAD. He has degrees in mathematics, computer science, global management and business administration.
2008-2009 - Cohort 14
Stuart Chan
Stuart’s work as the Sustainability Coordinator involves managing the Sustainability Office on the St. George Campus. He coordinates the development of the information and measures components of the Strategic Plan; supervising, assigning and reviewing work assignments for the work-study students, volunteers, students and casual employees. Stuart is also responsible for drafting detailed grant applications including budgets and narrative and financial reports to grant agencies; coordinating the budgeting and financial activities for the Sustainability Office; creating and updating several technical and research databases; recruitment, orientation and administration of students for summer and part-time positions and organizing outreach activities, workshops and press conferences.

Stuart’s interest in sustainability stems from his undergraduate involvement with the University of Toronto Sustainability Office where he was tasked with researching barriers to cycle commuting on campus as well as coordinating the implementation of the pilot energy conservation program, Rewire. He helped to develop programs based on non-traditional participatory education theories that respond to the specific needs of a community. Because of this, a community-based approach is the corner stone of his modus operandi.

Stuart has his Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Society, Geography from the University of Toronto. He also participated in a two-day advanced Community Based Social Marketing Workshop.
Southern and Eastern Africa
2001-2003 - Cohort 10
Stuart MANGOLD is currently employed as the Divisional Manager Integrated Environmental Management in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment North West Province which focuses on integrating environmental issues into development planning and decision-making. In October 2004, he was appointed National Project Manager for an international development co-operation project called “Support for Environment & Sustainable Development in the North West”, a partnership between the South African government and Finland.
Prior to January 2004, he was a principal environmental officer: information management and reporting in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment. His main responsibility then was information collection, management and environmental reporting, particularly state-of-the –environment reporting for the North West Province.
Before joining this department in February 1999, he was employed as Collection Manager of the National Collection of Freshwater Invertebrates at the Albany Museum in Grahamstown for five years. He was responsible for the management of the physical specimens (approximately 1,5 million!) and the associated information on electronic database as well as conducting research and writing reports on aquatic invertebrate biodiversity and distribution.
His professional interests lie in the field of international development co-operation, state of the environment reporting and environmental indicator development and monitoring. His main focus areas are freshwater resource conservation and biodiversity issues, particularly aquatic biodiversity and habitat protection.
Stuart is a zoologist and ichthyologist by training, with a B.Sc. honours degree in Ichthyology and Fishery Science from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He is also a photographer and qualified journalist, holding a post-graduate diploma in journalism and media studies from Rhodes University.

His professional interests lie in the field of state of the environment reporting and environmental indicator development and monitoring. His main focus areas are freshwater resource conservation and biodiversity issues, particularly aquatic biodiversity and habitat protection and wetlands. He is also deputy chair of the North West Eco forum, an NGO concerned with environmental issues in the North west province.

Stuart is a zoologist and ichthyologist by training, with a B.Sc. honours degree in ichthyology and fishery science from Rhodes University, Grahamstown. He is also a photographer and qualified journalist, holding a post-graduate diploma in journalism and media studies from Rhodes University.
1992-1994 - Cohort 1
Subandrio MOECHDI
Subandrio MOECHDI is the president director of Triweger International, a subsidiary of the Dutch company Haskoning-De Weger, focusing on consultancy in an industrial facility building in Jakarta. Professionally, he is interested in incorporating the concept of sustainable development into business practice. S. Moechdi enjoys reading, sports and watching films. He has a master's of business administration as well as master's degrees in economics and psychology.
1996-1998 - Cohort 5
Sudha NAIR
Dr Sudha Nair majored in Botany and was awarded a doctorate in Microbial Biotechnology in the year 1990. She served at the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation for more than 18 years in various capacities and stepped down last year. She is currently the Senior Vice Chairperson of the Golden Jubilee Biotechnology Park for Women, Society, in Chennai, India - the first Park set up for women entrepreneurs in the area of Biotechnology. She also works as an Independent Consultant in the area of S&T and innovation for Society. She serves on several National and International Boards, and as a trustee in Independent Organizations and NGO’s. She is a member for the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission for Science and Technology for Development and an EB member of the OWSD for the Asia Pacific Region. She is recognised at the National and International level for her work in the area of Gender, Science and Technology - both at Policy and program implementation level. She has been conferred with many national awards for her scientific work and has a good publication record. She has guided several students for their postgraduate and doctoral work.
2006-2007 - Cohort 12
Sudhir Sinha
Sudhir Sinha has a Masters in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Services. He is a CSR campaigner by profession, is Group Vice President- Corporate Social Responsibility at Reliance- Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. He has over 22 years of wide and varied experience of working with corporates and NGOs in CSR.

A social activist, who did his post graduation in Rural Development, has worked with Tatas for 18 years. He has also worked with Partners in Change (PiC) – an NGO promoting CSR in India & South Asia before joining Moser Baer India Limited as Head – CSR in 2005.

He is actively engaged in promoting environmental governance and CSR through a global network of development leaders. He is voluntarily associated with several social organizations and institutions, and is aggressively engaged in fighting against poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy.

Pushing multi stakeholders’ model of CSR and Millennium Development Goals in India are his two personal agendas.
2007-2008 - Cohort 13
Sudip Mitra
Dr. Sudip Mitra, Assistant Professor at the School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He did his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi and carried out his PhD thesis research at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines with a specialization in greenhouse gases studies from agriculture ecosystems and rice paddy in particular. In 1997, he has been awarded with the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust Scholarship. For more than a decade Dr. Mitra has been working in the field of climate change (Vulnerability & Adaptation), soil carbon dynamics and natural resources management. He has worked in various National and International Organisations viz. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University; National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Government of India, New Delhi; Division of Ecology and Natural Resources at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany etc.

Dr. Mitra also worked as a team member in one special international project coordinated by the Inter Academy Council-Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This project studied the Science and Technology Strategies for Improving Agricultural Productivity, Food Security and Environment in Africa and was carried out on request of then UN Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan. Part of this study was carried out at the Wageningen Agricultural University and ISNAR in the Netherlands where he worked with Ecologists, Economists and NRM specialists. Before joining his present position at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) he was the Project Director at M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai. Dr. Mitra is having many years of experiences in working with farmers and village communities and thus played a significant role in connecting science with the societies.

He has authored many peer reviewed papers and also contributed chapters in various books. He reviews research papers for two international journals, ‘Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment’, Elsevier and ‘Environmental Monitoring and Assessment’, Springer. He is one of the Assistant Editors of the journal on ‘Disaster and Development’. He also served as a task force member on convergence of programmes /schemes with National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.
2006-2007 - Cohort 12
Suhail Ahmed Abro
Suhail Ahmed Abro has been working with the Human Rights Education Forum ever since its inception in 2002. Initially he started his career with the HREF as a Research Officer where he was entrusted with the responsibilities of carrying out a study in Gender issues focusing on the Honor Killings. Besides that, he assisted the organization in all its activities including documentation of cases of Honor killings, arrangement of seminars, preparation of monthly financial and narrative reports, undertaking any special assignments. In 2004, his organization established working relations with the Asian Human Rights Commission Hong Kong, and started Urgent Appeal in collaboration with AHRC for the victims of Honor Killings; and he was made the coordinator of the program, where he had to issue UAs to the authorities, which is still going on. In 2005, HREF widened its circle of activities and started to work with the British Council, UNDP, SPARC, and FORUM-ASIA on different issues. Hence, he was made the Program Manager, in which capacity he is still working. In this capacity he has participated in a number of workshops, carried out by HREF, as one of the resource persons. He developed a training kit on “Right-based Approach to the Development”.
1997-1999 - Cohort 6