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Prof. Santosh Kumar Prof. Santosh Kumar
Executive Director, NIDM

Prof. Santosh Kumar, a Disaster Risk Reduction, Policy Planning and Capacity Development expert with 25 years of experience in different positions in the Development Planning and DRR Sector. A PhD. in Economics, he studied Gender & Development in IDS, Sussex UK and got professional training in Disaster risk Management. Backed with International exposure at World Bank and Government exposure in different capacities working at the national and state levels, he is an experienced hand in designing, Planning and implementing mitigation and long term disaster recovery plan and projects. He brings with him the rare combination of exposure variation from grass root to national to regional level in all aspects spanning DRR with special expertise in Post disaster loss assessment, Recovery and inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction. Many disaster risk reduction innovative tools have been implemented are to his credit as its innovator. Visioning, strengthening and building sustainable institutions are his passion. His insight of bringing development into disaster risk reduction has also allowed new thinking in the framework. At the international level he has constantly engaged himself in global dialogue for shift in International policies. His contributions since 1995 , at the Global level for drafting Hygo Framework of Action, successive Asian Ministerial conferences, International recovery platforms, World Reconstruction Forums, Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and other international events organised by UN, World Bank and other international organizations.

Dr. Chandan Ghosh Dr. Chandan Ghosh, Professor
Head of the Geo-Hazard Risk Management Division;

A professional Civil Engineer with specialization in earthquake geo- technology and a double doctorate degree holder from India and Japan, he joined the Institute in 2006. Prior to this, he had worked at Institute of Technology under Banaras Hindu University and Indian Meteorological Department. His area of expertise are reinforced earth, application of geo-synthetics for landslides, slope stability & erosion control, geotechnical & geophysical exploration, disaster resistant housing technologies, retrofitting and earthquake risk mitigation and management.

Dr. Surya Parkash Dr. Surya Parkash, Associate Professor
Head of the Knowledge Management and Communication Division &
Head of the Hydro-Meteorology Hazard Division

A doctorate in the field of earth sciences, he joined the Institute in 2006. He pursued his career at Central Building Research Institute, IITR, JNU New Delhi, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Forest Research Institute and Vellore Institute of Technology. He is Leader of IPL-172 project under International Programme on Landslide and is coordinating Indo-Japanese Action Plan on Landslides and Disaster Management as part of inter-governmental cooperation. His key areas of interest are landslides, avalanches, earthquakes, floods, tsunami, GLOFs, LLOFs, Dam Bursts, mining disasters, community based disaster risk management, damage and loss assessment, disaster safe hill area development and environmental management.

Dr. Anil K. Gupta Dr. Anil K. Gupta, Associate Professor
Head of the Policy, Planning and Cross Cutting Issues Division

Formerly Head/Director, Institute of Environment and Development Studies, Bundelkhand University Jhansi since 2003, he joined NIDM in 2006. A disaster mitigation & crisis management professional, Ph.D. (1995), Post-doctorate (CSIR, NEERI 1996), he possess interdisciplinary expertise, with institutional development - administration & management, coordinated several international/national projects, over 100 publications including 10 books and 45 papers, guided Ph.D. research. His special contributions were in preparation of National DM Plan (including mitigation & response plan), National HR Plan for DRM, Perspective Plan for NIDM's strengthening, Strategy on Climate Change, NAP on Chemical Disasters, international cooperation with GIZ, UNEP, UNDP, ISET-US, UNU-EHS, UNESCO, CKDN, ICIMOD, NORAD, World Bank, etc. and coordination with States/UTs for DM capacity building/training matters. Areas include risk/vulnerability analysis, DMP, PDNA, CCA-DRR, housing safety & local emergency preparedness, DM planning, governance, etc. He also served NMDC, DMI, NEERI and CICON in administrative/technical capacities. He is coordinator of Technical Advisory Committee of NIDM, member of Governing Council & Academic/Research Advisory of several institutions and High level/Ministerial delegation abroad.

Dr. Amir Ali Khan Dr. Amir Ali Khan, Assistant Professor
Geo-Hazard Risk Management Division

Dr. Amir Ali Khan is a trained Civil Engineer and Urban Planner with a Ph.D. on Urban Earthquake Risk Mitigation. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Studies of Geological Risks from the University of Geneva. In addition, he has been trained by several international organisations on the subjects related to disaster risk management and mitigation in Asia and Europe. Dr. Khan has served UNDP for about two years as National Disaster Reduction Advisor in Uzbekistan. During his stay with UNDP, Dr. Khan served as Chairperson of the UN Uzbekistan's 'Disaster Preparedness and Response Group'. He was also the UN focal point on humanitarian assistance. He has varied experience in the area of disaster risk mitigation and management at national and international level for programme development and management, knowledge management and communication, capacity enhancement, partnership building and networking, etc. His current areas of interests include capacity building for earthquake risk mitigation especially in urban areas, post disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation, mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into development and formulation of disaster management plans.

Ms. Chandrani Bandyopadhyay Ms. Chandrani Bandyopadhyay, Assistant Professor
Knowledge Management and Communication Division
Head of the Training Cell

A post-graduate in Geography and Urban & Regional Planning, she has more than ten years of experience in the field of Disaster Management, especially Urban Risk Reduction and community preparedness issues. Her diverse areas of interest include aspects of community-based disaster management like volunteerism, NGO networking etc.

Dr. Ajinder Walia Dr. Ajinder Walia, Assistant Professor
Policy, Planning & Cross Cutting Issues Division

A Ph.D in Sociology, she joined NIDM in May 2003. Prior to this, she had worked at Khalsa College, Ludhiana. She has a deep interest in various social issues of disasters, such as Gender and Disaster, Needs of Children in Disasters, Community Based Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Mental Health etc.

Mr. Shekher Chaturvedi Mr. Shekher Chaturvedi, Research Associate
Response Division
Training Cell

A post graduate with diploma in Computer Applications, he has been associated with this Institute for more than 11 years. His major areas of intervention are Disaster Management Plans, Community Based Disaster Preparedness and Accident Related Disasters, particularly Railway Accidents.

Dr. Ashutosh Dev Kaushik Dr. Ashutosh Dev Kaushik, Research Associate
Hydro-Meteorology Hazard Division

A Ph.D. in Environmental Ecology, he carries with him more than 20 years of experience in the field of Environmental Ecology and Disaster Management. He has been working in this Institute since 1999. His key areas of interest are floods, droughts, forest fire disasters and climate change. He has 25 research papers, articles and reports to his credit. He had earlier worked as a lecturer in C.C.S. University, Meerut.

Ms. Sushma Guleria Dr. Sushma Guleria, Research Associate
Policy, Planning & Cross Cutting Issues Division

A Ph.D in Disaster Management and B.Ed, she has been associated with this institute since 2006. Earlier, she worked on World Bank project on School Environmental Education in India with the Ministry of Environment and forests, Government of India. She is also the recipient of the World Bank's Young Researcher's Grant Award for Disaster Risk Reduction for the year 2005-06.

Dr. Ritu Raj Dr. Ritu Raj, Research Associate
Geo-hazard Risk Management Division

A Ph.D. in Geology from Punjab University, she has been working in the Institute since 2006. Prior to joining NIDM, she worked in DST sponsored project. She works on geology related disasters, particularly landslides, and avalanches.

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