Board of Advisors

Board of Advisors

Our Board normally consists of Internationally Credible Luminaries, Dignified, Personalities of Great Eminence and Leading Green thought Leaders from India and Abroad. Our Previous Board has completed its full term recently. The New Board of Advisors, are under formation. Those who have already confirmed to join the Board, their profile is displayed below. Profiles of other members of the Board, will appear immediately after their acceptance.

Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt

Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt (Born on 23rd June, 1934) is an Indian Gandhian Environmentalist and social activist, who founded Dasholi Gram Swarajya Sangh (DGSS) in Gopeshwar in 1964, which later became a mother-organization to the Chipko Andolan (Hug the Trees Movement), in which he was one of the pioneers, and for which he was awarded UNEP Global 500 Roll of Honour, the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1982, followed by the Padma Shri in 1986 and Padma Bhushan in 2005. Today he is known for his work on subaltern social ecology, and considered one of India's first modern environmentalists. On 15 July 2014, he was awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013 by the Hon'ble President of India.

Curtailment of the villagers' legitimate rights to trees and forest products in favour of outside commercial interests enabled Bhatt, in 1973, to mobilise the forest-wise society members and villagers into the collective Chipko Andolan to force revision of forest rules of 1917, enacted during British ruled India. Women, who regularly walk three to five miles to the forest to gather and carry home fuel and fodder on their backs, took the lead. True to the movement's non-violent philosophy, these women embraced the trees to restrict their felling. Establishment of "Eco-development Camps" brought villagers together to discuss their needs, within the context of the ecological balance of the forest. Stabilizing slopes by building rock retaining walls, the campers planted trees, in their own village nurseries.

Shri Bhatt was born as the second child of Ganga Ram Bhatt and Maheshi Devi Thapliyal, in a family of priests to the famous Rudranath Temple in Gopeshwar, Chamoli District of Uttarakhand in India, one of the Panch Kedar, the five Himalayan temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, the most venerated amongst them being the Kedarnath Temple. His father, who was a farmer as well as the priest of the above temple, died when Chandi Prasad was still an infant and hence he was raised thereafter by his mother. He did his schooling in Rudraprayag and Pauri, but stopped before he could receive a degree.

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Justice Gopal Ballav Pattanaik

Shri Gopal Ballav Pattanaik (Born on 19th December, 1937) was the 32nd Chief Justice of India. He studied at the Ravenshaw College in Cuttack and graduated in Science from the Ewing Christian College, Allahabad University and earned his degree in Law from Madhusudan Law College, Utkal University in Odisha. He was also later conferred an honorary doctorate in law LLD by the Utkal University. In 1962, he enrolled as an advocate in the Orissa High Court, where he practiced in civil, criminal, constitutional and corporate cases. He also appeared before the Supreme Court of India. His legal career started in the chambers of late lawyer Bimal Pal and Barrister Birendra Mohan Patnaik. Justice Souri Prasad Mahapatra was instrumental in encouraging him to take up the legal profession.

In 1971, he was appointed to the Standing Counsel for the state Government of Orissa. In 1974 he became an Additional Government Advocate and subsequently the Govt Advocate of the state. In 1983, he was elevated to the bench of the Orissa High Court as a permanent judge. In 1995, he was appointed the Chief Justice of Patna High Court. Only four months later, he was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India. He went on to occupy the highest judicial post in the country as the 32nd Chief Justice of India on 8 November 2002. He is the eldest son of Rashbehari Pattnaik and Bidulata Dei. He now resides in New Delhi with his wife Meera and is active as an arbitrator in India and overseas.

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Late. Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon, FRS

(Former, Chairman, Board of Advisors, Indian Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), New Delhi, India. Since July 2007.)

Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon, FRS, also known as M. G. K. Menon, was a physicist and policy maker from India. He had a prominent role in the development of science and technology in India over four decades. One of his most important contributions was nurturing the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, which his mentor Homi J. Bhabha founded in 1945. He undertook experiments with cosmic rays to explore the properties of fundamental particles. He was actively involved in setting up balloon flight experiments, as well as deep underground experiments with cosmic ray neutrinos in the mines at Kolar Gold Fields. He was the President of the Indian Statistical Institute, the Vikram Sarabhai Fellow of the Indian Space Research Organisation, President of the National Academy of Sciences, India, Director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (1966–1975), Chairman Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and chairman Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad. He won the Abdus Salam Award, and was a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He was one of the most prominent scientists from the state of Kerala and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 1970. The asteroid 7564 Gokumenon was named in his honour in late 2008.

IISD is paying heartfelt Homage to Late M. G. K. Menon for his kind inspiration and guidence today, as its Former Chairman, Board of Advisors.

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