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M S Swaminathan - Chairperson

Dr M S Swaminathan - ChairpersonM S Swaminathan is one of India's foremost agricultural scientists and is best known as the scientific leader of the "evergreen revolution movement" in India.

His pioneering work in the field of agricultural science and food security has earned him several awards, both national and international, the Padma Shri, the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan, the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the World Food Prize, the Tyler Environment Award, to name only a few.

He has held several distinguished positions, including Direcor General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and of the International Rice Research Institute, and Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation.

Sunita Narain - Director General

Sunita Narain - DirectorSunita Narain has been with the Centre for Science and Environment since 1982. In her years at the Centre she has worked both to analyse and study the relationship between environment, development and to create public consciousness about the need for sustainable development.

Her research interests range from global democracy, with a special focus on climate change to the need for local democracy where she has worked on forest-related resource management and water issues. She serves on the boards of different organisations and on governmental committees and has spoken at many forums across the world on issues of her concern and expertise.

Sunita Narain has devoted a great deal of her time to develop the management and financial support systems needed to make CSE strong and sustainable. She has greatly contributed to the institution of management systems that ensure that CSE produces quality work consistently.
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Chandra Bhushan - Deputy Director General

Chandra Bhushan is currently the Deputy Director General of CSE. He is a distinguished expert in the field of natural resource management, environmental geo-politics and industrial pollution. He has a diverse and distinguished track record in research, writing, management and policy advocacy. Chandra Bhushan has researched and written about issues ranging from industrial pollution to energy and climate change and from water crisis in Indian sub-continent to political economy of natural resource extraction . His academic qualifications include bachelors in civil engineering and masters in environmental planning and technology.

Jagdeep Gupta – Treasurer

Jagdeep Gupta has been with the Centre since 1998. She is currently the Executive Director at the Centre for Science and Environment. The wide and diverse scope of her work is a challenge in itself, which she manages very smoothly and with élan. A motivational leader with strong analytical, organizational and problem solving skills, committed to the highest levels of ethical, professional and personal excellence. She has grown with CSE under the tutelage of Late Shri Anil Agarwal and now stands as a firm pillar that has seen this institution. Her leadership and 'people at the centre' approach has helped in strengthening the institution and created conducive environment where people can work and excel. She has been instrumental in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of Support Services through improvements to each function as well as coordination and communication between functions.

B D Dikshit - Member

Dr B D Dikshit - TreasurerOne of the founder members of CSE, has been associated with the Centre since its inception. He has a doctorate in Economics and has been the Chairman and Managing Director of Union Bank of India and Deputy Managing Director of State Bank of India, the largest commercial bank of India.

He has served with several other financial institutions both in India and abroad and has been an important member of various committees constituted by financial institutions of India. He is a consultant with the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank at Manila and serves on the Boards of several companies as a nominee of the Government of India.

William Bissell - Member

WILLIAM BISSELL - MemberWilliam Bissell has been closely associated with the Centre for Science and Environment for many years He is the Managing Director of FabIndia, a company that has made a signal contribution in popularising handlooms, nationally and internationally.

He is deeply interested in issues of environment and sustainable development. Besides CSE, he is also involved with other non-profit organizations. William Bissell is the Managing Trustee of the Bhadurajun Artisan Trust, which runs schools in Rajasthan to bring quality education to the artisanal families living in rural areas.

G N Gupta - Member

G N GUPTA - MemberG N Gupta joined the Board of CSE in 1998 and is one of the core group that provides guidance on institutional development issues, particularly on financial issues.

As a member of the Indian Revenue Service, he has held several key positions in the revenue department of the Ministry of Finance. He served as the Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes, India's highest tax making body, and also as a Director in the Planning Commission. He currently serves on the Board of several companies and offers consultancy services on issues related to direct taxes.

N.C. Saxena – Member

DR. N.C. SAXENA – MemberSaxena was a senior official with the Government ofIndia and he served in various capacities in his long and illustrious career. He was the Government of India as Secretary,

Planning Commission (1999-2002) Secretary, Rural Development (1997-99), and Director, LBS National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie (1993-96). Earlier he was Visiting Fellow, CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia, 1994-95 and worked on Sustainable Forest Management.

The Rockefeller Foundation awarded him a Senior Post-Doctorate Fellowship to do research at the University of Oxford 1989-92, He is a member on the editorial boards of International Forestry Review, Oxford, and Food Policy, Amsterdam.

He is also a Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, Stockholm, and Member, ADB Institute Advisory Council, Tokyo. On behalf of the Supreme Court of India, Dr Saxena monitor food based programmes in India. He now consults to a number of organisations on a range of issues.

N. J. Rao

N. J. Rao N. J. Rao has done B.Tech (Hons.) and M.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Roorkee. He served over 34 year's at IIT Roorkee / University of Roorkee at Chemical Engineering Department and Department of Paper Technology. He worked for several years as Director of Institute of Paper Technology. He was the Director of Central Pulp and Paper Research Institute, a national laboratory under Ministry of Industry (GOI) for one year. He has published over 160 research papers and 8 Ph.D. scholars got their degrees under his guidance. He has several awards for best papers and best teacher and is associated with several National and International bodies like UNEP(NIEM), CPCB, NPC, MOEF, DST, CSE, HNL, Shreyans Industries Ltd., WBCSD, IL & FS. Currently he is the Vice Chancellor of Jaypee University of Engineering and Technology, Raghogarh, Madhya Pradesh.

Mahesh Krishnamurthy

Mahesh Krishnamurthy A Bachelor of Computer Science from IIT, Mumbai with a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, and Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University, Mahesh worked for 18 years in different industries in the United States including as Head of Corporate Development at Accelrys and General Partner at Idanta Partners before joining IVFA. He also worked for KT Venture Group, a corporate venture capital fund sponsored by KLA-Tencor, McKinsey, AT&T and Honeywell.

Bharati Chaturvedi

Bharati Chaturvedi Bharati Chaturvedi is an environmentalist and writer. She is the founder and director of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group. Bharati has served on various committees of the Government of India - the Expert Committee on Plastic Waste, set up by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to finalize rules for plastic waste handling, and a Task Force for social security for the informal sector, set up by the Ministry of Labour and Employment. She has also been involved in consultations about the Indian government's Hazardous Waste Strategy and Electronic Waste Rules.

Bharatihas a Master’s degree in history from Delhi University, and a Master’s in international public policy from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She is a Leadership in Environment and Development (LEAD) Fellow and has previously received the Sarai Urban Fellowship. She also serves on the board of several non-profit organizations in India.



Anil Agarwal


Anil Kumar Agarwal was the founder-director of the Centre for Science and Environment, India’s leading environmental NGO. Agarwal spent his lifetime advocating policies that involve the people in natural resource management and learn from India’s own traditions.

Sunita Narain


Sunita Narain has been with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) since 1982. She is currently the director general of the Centre and the director of the Society for Environmental Communications and publisher of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth.


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The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is a public interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi. CSE researches into, lobbies for and communicates the urgency of development that is both sustainable and equitable.

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