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Prof. Santosh Kumar Prof. Santosh Kumar, Professor
Formerly (Director, SAARC Disaster Management Centre; Executive Director I/C National Institute of Disaster Management; Disaster Management Specialist, The World Bank; Professor & Head Disaster Management Centre, HCM RIPA, Jaipur Rajasthan)

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 received professional training in Disaster risk Management from Israel , backed with International work exposure at The World Bank and Inter- governmental body of SAARC . He has also worked at state levels in different capacities in UP Academy of Administration, Nainital and RIPA , Jaipur. He is an experienced hand in designing, Planning and implementing mitigation and long term disaster recovery plan and projects. He brings with him rare combination of operations and academia. His experience of working at the grass root to national to international level in all aspects spanning DRR is an added value. His specializes in disaster management planning, Post disaster loss and need assessment, Recovery and inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction. His insight of bringing development into disaster risk reduction has also allowed new thinking in the framework. At the international level he has been contributing in shifting International and national policies by engaging himself in dialogues, negotiations and participating in international strategic conferences. He is engagement in disaster risk reduction process is since 1995.

Dr. Chandan Ghosh Dr. Chandan Ghosh, Professor;

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

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

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

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.

Dr. Chandrani Bandyopadhyay Neogi Dr. Chandrani Bandyopadhyay Neogi, Assistant Professor

A PhD in Business Administration and a post-graduate in Urban & Regional Planning, Chandrani has been involved in multifarious activities of the Institute. Her primary areas of interest include disaster management policy and planning, urban risk reduction, urban community resilience, urban cultural heritage risk mitigation and social inclusion issues. Trained extensively in India and abroad, she completed a specialized course on urban earthquake disasters from Kobe University, Japan. She is currently heading the Training Cell of NIDM and is responsible for facilitating all the capacity building programmes undertaken by the Institute.

Dr. Ajinder Walia Dr. Ajinder Walia, Assistant Professor

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.

Shri Shekher Chaturvedi Shri Shekher Chaturvedi, Assistant Professor

A post graduate with diploma in Computer Applications, he has been associated with this Institute for more than 20 years. His major areas of intervention are Disaster Management Plans, Community Based Disaster Preparedness, Incident Response System (Basic & Intermediate) and Accident Related Disasters, particularly Railway Accidents.

Ms. Sushma Guleria Dr. Sushma Guleria, Assistant Professor

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. Currently looks after the Centre for Climate Resilience and Environment and Centre for Water and Land DRR.

Dr. Ritu Raj Dr. Ritu Raj, Assistant Professor

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.

Dr. Ashutosh Dev Kaushik Dr. Ashutosh Dev Kaushik, Research Associate

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.

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