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Sunita Narain: Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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P R O F E S S I O N A L E X P E R I E N C E
 
Centre for Science and Environment
New Delhi
1982 to Present
 
Director General
Began career as research assistant, was appointed deputy director in 1993 and in 2000 took over as its director and in 2011 took over as its director general . Has worked in various program units of the Centre involved in research, communication and advocacy on environmental issues. Has co-edited publications on the State of India’s Environment, conducted in-depth research on the governance and management of the country’s environment and directed campaigns on air pollution control, community water management and pesticide regulation.
   
 
Society for Environmental Communications
New Delhi
1992 to Present
 
 
Director and Publisher
Director and publisher of the fortnightly newsmagazine, Down To Earth. Has worked to launch and produce the newsmagazine that is widely considered as the best in the region.
 
 
Vikram Sarabhai Institute for Development Research
Ahmedabad
1980 - 1981
 
 
Research Assistant
Worked to research a publication on the state of environment of Gujarat and to organise a state level conference on the subject.
 
 

 
 
E D U C A T I O N
  • Graduated from University of Delhi (1983), India.
  • Doctor of Science (Honorary), Cranfield University, UK.
  • D.Sc. Degree (Honorary) University of Calcutta, India.
  • Doctor in Geosciences and Environment (Honorary), University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Doctor of Laws (Honorary), University of Alberta, Canada.
   

   
 
P U B L I C A T I O N S  
Numerous articles in newspapers, magazines including a weekly/fortnightly/column on environment and development, Green Politics and Down To Earth for leading dailies. Also co-authored, co-edited the following publications:
 
  1. Anil Agarwal and Sunita Narain (editors) 1985, State of India’s Environment 1984-85: The Second Citizens’ Report, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.
  2. Centre for Science and Environment 1987, The Wrath of Nature: The impact of environmental destruction on floods and droughts, New Delhi.
  3. Anil Agarwal and Sunita Narain 1989, Towards Green Villages: A strategy for Environmentally Sound and Participatory Rural Development, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.
  4. Anil Agarwal and Sunita Narain 1990, Involving the Landless and Women in Afforestation: Six Cases Studies, International Labour Organisation, Geneva.
  5. Anil Agarwal and Sunita Narain 1991, Global Warming in an Unequal World: A Case of Environmental Colonialism, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.
  6. Anil Agarwal and Sunita Narain 1992, Towards a Green World: Should environmental management be built on legal conventions or human rights? Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.
  7. Anil Agarwal and Sunita Narain 1997, Dying Wisdom: Rise, fall and potential of India’s water harvesting systems, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.
  8. Anil Agarwal, Sunita Narain and Srabani Sen 1999, State of India’s Environment: The Citizen’ Fifth Report, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.
  9. Anil Agarwal, Sunita Narain and Anju Sharma 1999, Green Politics: Global Environmental Negotiations - 1, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.
  10. Anil Agarwal, Sunita Narain and Indira Khurana 2001, Making Water Everybody’s business, Policy and Practice of Water Harvesting, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.
  11. Anil Agarwal, Sunita Narain, Anju Sharma and Achila Imchen 2001, Poles Apart: Global Environmental Negotiations 2, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.
  12. James K Boyce, Sunita Narain and Elizabeth A Stanton 2007, Reclaiming Nature – Environmental Justice and Ecological Restoration, Anthem Press, London.
  13. Sunita Narain 2012, Excreta Matters, 7th State of India’s Environment: A Citizens’ Report, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.
   

   
 
P O S I T I O N S H E L D
 
  • 1990 -1999: Member, Grant in Aid Committee for assistance to voluntary agencies under the scheme of ‘Environmental Orientation to School Education’, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
  • 1995 -1999: Member, National Standing Committee on Rural Technology of the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology, Ministry of Rural Areas and Employment, Government of India.
  • 1995 -1999: Member, Program Committee of the Urban Waste Expertise Program of WASTE Consultants set up to oversee the project by the Netherlands Ministry of Development Cooperation, Gouda.
  • 1995: Member, Independent Expert Group on Global Forest Policy established by the Swiss and Peruvian governments, Geneva.
  • 1996 - present: Chairperson, Disaster Mitigation Institute, Ahmedabad.
  • 1997 - 1999: Member, Mid-size grant task force, Global Environmental Facility, Washington.
  • 1997 - 1999: Member, Global Water Contract, established by The Group of Lisbon under the chairpersonship of Mario Soares, former President of Portugal.
  • 1997 - 1999: Member, Scientific Planning Committee for the Global Environmental Change and Human Security Research Project of the International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change.
  • 1999 - 2001: Founding Board Member, ILEIA Foundation (The information centre for low external input and sustainable agriculture), The Netherlands.
  • 2000 - present: Member UNDP CSO Committee to provide strategic, policy and substantive guidance to the Administrator of UNDP.
  • 2001 - 2003: Member, Executive Board, Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2000 - 2004: Steering Committee member for setting up SCIDEV, a science for development website, promoted by Nature.
  • 2001- 2004: Member, IUCN Council, IUCN – The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland.
  • 2002 - 2008: Member, Board Gram Vikas, Orissa.
  • 2002 - present: Member, Environment Pollution Authority for the National Capital Territory, Government of India, New Delhi.
  • 2004 - 2008: Member, committee on environment, Indian Planning Commission,
  • 2004 - 2006: Member, Executive Board, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • 2005 - Chairperson, Tiger Task Force set up to review the management of tiger reserves, New Delhi.
  • 2005: Member, Board of Trustees, Centre For International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia.
  • 2006: Chairperson, Sub –Committee for ‘Wider dissemination information and know- how’ under the Artificial Recharge of Ground Water Advisory Council, New Delhi.
  • 2006: Member, Steering Committee on Environment, Forests and Wildlife for Eleventh Five Year Plan, Planning Commission, New Delhi.
  • 2006: Member: Working group for plan on Quality Certification and Conformity Assessment- Eleventh Five Year Plan.
  • 2007 - present: Member, Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.
  • 2007 - present: Member, Swedish Development Policy Council.
  • 2007 - 2009: Member, Commission on Climate Change and Development, Sweden.
  • 2009: Chairperson, Committee set up for monitoring village relocation as per recommendations of the Tiger Task Force.
  • 2009 - present: Member, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board.
  • 2009 - present: Member, National Ganga River Basin Authority.
  • 2010Present: Chairperson, Working Group on Urban and Industrial Water Supply and Sanitation for the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-2017) constituted by Planning Commission
  • 2010 - 2013: Member, National Security Advisory Board (NSAB)
  • 2011Member, Audit Advisory Board of Comptroller & Auditor General of India.
  • 2012 - 2013: Member, High Level Working Group on Western Ghats, constituted by MoEF.
  • 2012: Board of Directors, Prince Albert II Foundation, Monaco.
  • 2012 - 2013: Chairperson, Committee constituted by MoEF for inspection of M/s Adani Port and SEZ Ltd, Mundra, Gujarat.
  • 2012 – 2013: Member, Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) on issues relating to River Ganga, constituted by MoEF.

  • 2012: Fellow, The National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, India.
   

   
 
M A J O R L E C T U R E S
 
  • 1993: Public Debate with Hans Alders, Dutch Environment Minister organised by the Evert Vermeer Foundation of the Dutch Labour Party, The Hague, the Netherlands.
  • 1995: Public Debate with Wolfgang Sachs, Chairperson, Greenpeace, Germany on “Towards Global Governance”, at the First Conference of Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change, Berlin, Germany.
  • 1996: Public Debate with Andrew Steer, Director, Environment Department, World Bank, on Global Environmental Concerns – At whose expense? at the Head to Head Debate organised by the Oxford Centre for the Environment, Ethics and Society, Oxford, UK.
  • 1996: Publishing Environmental News: How do you support sustainable development, at the Workshop on Reporting for Sustainable Development in Asia Pacific organised by UNEP, Beijing, China.
  • 1997: Multilateral Environmental Agreements and the World Trade Organisation at the Symposium on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development, Organised by the World Trade Organisation, Switzerland.
  • 1997: Environmental Security, plenary talk at the 1997 Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community, IIASA, Austria.
  • 1997: How to build bridges between trade, environment and development to improve the effectiveness of global environmental policies at the Implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Ways and Means workshop organised by Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, The Netherlands.
  • 1997: Sustainable development from the perspective of the South at the ‘Way out of the Growth Trap” Congress organised by the Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung, Germany.
  • 1997: Government’s Agenda or Ours? The NGO Agenda in the forthcoming period at the workshop, Beyond Rio, organised by World Economy, Ecology and Development, Germany.
  • 1998: NGO workshop on Emission Trading and Entitlements: organised by CSE and co-sponsored by German NGO FORUM, Stadthalle, Bonn, Germany.
  • 1999: What possibilities there are for Green Politics in Asia and what is meant by Green Politics in the Asian context, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • 1999: We all live downstream: Urban industrial growth and its impact on water systems; plenary lecture, 9th Stockholm Water Symposium, Sweden.
  • 2000: The Future of India’s Urban Environment, paper presented at the Swedish-Asian Forum on the Future of Asia’s Environment, Stockholm 15-17, 2000.
  • 2000: Lecture given to members of the US-India Roundtable on the issue of "Health and Environment" New York, America.
  • 2000: The Global Dialogue on Natural Resources: The Sustainability Challenge lecture at EXPO 2000, Hanover, Germany.
  • 2002: “My Agenda for Johannesburg”, at the conference “ Countdown for Johannesburg” organized by the Heinrich- Boll Foundation.
  • 2003: Lecture given at the 2nd International Symposium on ecological sanitation at Lubceck, Germany.
  • 2003: Lecture on Human Health and Ecological Security organised by the Foundation for Ecological Security at the India International Centre, New Delhi.
  • 2003: Foundation Day lecture given at the Ladakh Ecological Development Group at Leh, Ladakh.
  • 2003: Keynote lecture at the International Conference on Public-Private Partnership organised by Swiss Coalition of Developing Organisations at Berne, Switzerland.
  • 2003: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Diamond Jubilee lecture at the National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India.
  • 2003: Speech given at the Symposium on the Johannesburg Challenge: Perspectives and Priorities, Berlin, Germany, organised by the German Council of Sustainable Development.
  • 2004: Lecture given as part of the Leaders in their field lecture series on ‘Urban life – a living hazard’ at the India Habitat Centre.
  • 2004: Lecture at the Global Conscience on Simultaneous responsibility to the environment and poverty? Organised by the Ecological Council, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2004: Keynote lecture at the workshop on rainwater harvesting - How to make it a public movement organised by the National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India.
  • 2004: Inaugural address at the state level media seminar on rainwater harvesting organised by Jalanidhi and Press club at, Thiruvananthapuram, India.
  • 2004: Lecture titled 'From Your Flush to the River: Delhi's responsibility for a clean Yamuna’ as part of the Agenda Delhi series of lectures organised by India Habitat Centre and Indian Express at the India Habitat Centre.
  • 2005: Talk on ‘ Water conservation’ as part of Lecture series for Members of parliament, organised by Bureau of Parliamentary studies and Training, Lok Sabha Secretariat.
  • 2006: Presentation on ‘How to Operationalise the agenda for Water Conservation’ at the meeting of Parliamentary forum on water conservation and management organized by Cell on Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation and Management, Lok Sabha Secretariat.
  • 2008: K.R. Narayanan oration on ‘Why Environmentalism Needs Equity: Learning From the Environmentalism of the Poor to Build Our Common Future, delivered at The Australian National University, Canberra.
  • 2011: Speech on Climate Change: The challenge and opportunity for our world, delivered at Asian University for Women Symposium: Imagining Another Future for Asia: Ideas and Pathways for Change, held at Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 21-22, 2011.
  • 2012: Lecture for the Technology Mission: War for Water – Our water-waste management imperative: The need for literacy, involvement and commitment to change at IIT-Guwahati on October 5, 2012.
  • 2012: Public lecture on “Who speaks for water?” at University of Alberta, Canada, March 2012.
  • 2014: 20th Annual Lecture on Energy and the Environment, University of California, Berkeley, April 2014.
 
   

   
A W A R D S & RECOGNITION
 
  • 2002: Dr B.C. Deb Memorial Award for the popularisation of science by the Indian Science Congress Association, Calcutta.
  • 2003: Dadabhai Naoroji Millennium Award by Dadabhai Naoroji International Society, New Delhi.
  • 2003: Rotary Eco Foundation Award – outstanding work done in the field of rainwater harvesting in Delhi and surrounding areas.
  • 2004: Siri Ram Washeshran Devi Bhatia Memorial Charitable Trust Award.
  • 2005: Padma Shri by the Government of India, New Delhi.
  • 2005: Chameli Devi Jain Award for an outstanding woman media person by the Media Foundation.
  • 2005: Stockholm Water Prize, by Stockholm Water Foundation, Sweden, awarded to CSE under her leadership.
  • 2005 and 2008, British Magazine Prospect and the American Magazine Foreign policy included her among the world’s 100 public intellectuals.
  • 2005: Delhi Ratna award by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry for her valuable contribution to Delhi – The City of Excellence.
  • 2006: Bharat Shiromani award by Shiromani Institute.
  • 2007: Honorary doctorate in science from Cranfield University, UK.
  • 2008: Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation water award.
  • 2008: Dr Jean Mayer Global Citizenship award, Tufts University, Massachusetts.
  • 2009: M.S. Swaminathan Award for Environmental Protection, Rotary Club of Madras East, Chennai, India.
  • 2009: Honorary D.Sc. Degree, University of Calcutta, India.
  • 2009: Raja-Lakshmi Award, Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai, India.
  • 2011: The Citizen of the Decade Award 2011' from the Rotary International District 3201, Kerala in January 2011.
  • 2011: The M R Pai Memorial Award instituted by All-India Bank Depositors' Association (Mumbai). July 2011.
  • 2012: Kirloskar Vasundhara Sanman by Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival, Pune.
  • 2012: Doctor of Laws (Honorary), University of Alberta, Canada.
  • 2014: Energy and Environment Foundation Global Excellence Award 2014 in Renewable Energy by Energy and Envronment Foundation Delhi, August 2014.

 

   

 

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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.

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