Earth Care Awards 2015


2015 Jury Members

R.A. Mashelkar, f.r.s.

President, Global Research Alliance

Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor, is presently also the President of Global Research Alliance, a network of publicly funded R&D institutes from Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA with over 60,000 scientists. Dr. Mashelkar served as the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), with forty laboratories and about 20,000 employees for over eleven years. He was also the President of Indian National Science Academy.


Dr. Mashelkar has been on the Board of Directors of several reputed companies such as Reliance Industries Ltd., Tata Motors Ltd., Hindustan Unilever Ltd., Thermax Ltd., Piramal Enterprises Ltd., KPIT Technologies Ltd. etc. Deeply connected with the innovation movement in India, Dr. Mashelkar is currently the Chairman of India’s National Innovation Foundation, Reliance Innovation Council, Thermax Innovation Council, KPIT Cummins Innovation Council and Marico Innovation Foundation.


Dr. Mashelkar is only the third Indian engineer to have been elected (1998) as Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), London in the twentieth century. He was elected Foreign Associate of National Academy of Science (USA) in 2005, Associate Foreign Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2011); Foreign Fellow of US National Academy of Engineering (2003) and Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K. (1996). Thirty two universities have honoured him with honorary doctorates, which include Universities of London, Salford, Pretoria, Wisconsin and Delhi.


In the post-liberalized India, Dr. Mashelkar has played a critical role in shaping India's S&T policies. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister set up by successive governments. He has chaired twelve high powered committees set up to look into diverse issues of higher education, national auto fuel policy, overhauling the Indian drug regulatory system, dealing with the menace of spurious drugs, reforming Indian agriculture research system, etc.


Dr. Mashelkar was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister over the past three decades. The President of India honoured Dr. Mashelkar with Padma Shri (1991), Padma Bhushan (2000) and Padma Vibhushan (2014).

Mr. Kartikeya V. Sarabhai

Founder Director, Centre for Environment Education

Kartikeya V. Sarabhai is the Founder Director of Centre for Environment Education. He is a member of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UN DESD) Reference Group of UNESCO. He has long been associated with IUCN, and was the chair of South and South East Asia IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and is currently the vice-chair of the Indian National Commission of IUCN. He is a member of the Earth Charter International Council. He was a member of the Indian delegation to United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) at Rio in 1992 and World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) at Johannesburg in 2002 and was the co-author of India's report for UNCED. He has been closely associated with communication initiatives of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), especially those connected with Ozone.


Under the leadership of Mr. Sarabhai, CEE organized the first International Conference of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in January 2005. He has served on several committees of Ministry of Environment and Forest and Ministry of Human Resource and Development of the Government of India. This includes a committee for greening India's formal education system and initiatives for biodiversity education. He received the Tree of Learning Award from The World Conservation Union in 1998 in appreciation of his contributions to the field of environmental education and communication. In 2005, The Indian Institute of Human Rights presented Mr. Sarabhai with the World Human Rights Promotion Award.

Mr. Rajendra Shende

Chairperson - TERRE

Mr. Rajendra Shende is a Chemical Engineer graduate from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology. After extensive and varied corporate business experience that included mainstreaming of cleaner production, environmental impact assessment, energy efficiency and renewable energy in the manufacturing processes. After a stint at corporate management level, he joined the international programme at UNEP DTIE in Paris in 1992. He had lead the task force of Indian Government that decided the strategy for India in negotiating the Montreal Protocol and negotiating the establishment of the Multilateral Fund to assist the developing countries.

He is a policy advisor to the developing countries and countries with economies in transition in implementing the Montreal Protocol. He is expert on international technology transfer and technology cooperation to deploy the environment friendly technologies. He helped build the OzonAction Programme from its fledgling phase to its present global reach. Under his guidance, OzonAction has been strategically reoriented in 2002 into a uniquely regionalised Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP) that now consists of a strong team in Paris and in UNEP’s Regional Offices in Mexico City, Bahrain, Bangkok and Nairobi.


He initiated Energy Programme in Paris office and was instrumental in integrating climate change activities. Apart from being review editor of IPCC’s special report on Technology Transfer, he was the coordinating lead author for the special report of IPCC/TEAP on Safe guarding the Ozone layer and Global climate system.

Author of numerous published policy papers, Mr. Shende has given various presentations for the public as well as for the Universities like MIT-USA, Swiss Technical Institute and Beijing University. He has been interviewed for TV, Radio and number of international magazines including French and Italian. His hobbies include trekking in the Himalayas, with previous expeditions in Tibet and Ladakh and blogging.

Aneeta Benninger

Executive Director at CDSA


Aneeta Beninger is Professor of Sustainable Development Planning and Exec. Director, of Centre for Development Studies and Activities, Pune. She is also Founder Trustee & Member Secretary of CDSA Trust.

Mr. Rajat Gupta

Director, McKinsey and Company

Rajat Gupta is a Director at McKinsey & Company’s Mumbai office. Since joining McKinsey in 1992, he has served clients in India, China, the US, Europe and in Africa. In recent years, Rajat has worked with several large industrial companies on transformation programmes spanning operational improvement, organisational effectiveness and growth. This has been across a range of sectors including power, real estate, chemicals, metals, minerals, telecom and pharmaceuticals. For example, he helped the top management at one of India’s leading metals companies over ten years in setting their agenda, driving operational improvement (e.g., programmes on building marketing capabilities, cost reduction, throughput enhancement), building a performance culture and in accelerating growth.


Rajat currently leads McKinsey’s Energy & Materials (GEM) Practice in Asia. Rajat is particularly interested in sustainability, particularly for carbon space and water. He has co-authored the recently released report "Environmental and Energy Sustainability: An Approach for India". He has served clients on their low-carbon transformation efforts, including clean-technology growth and energy efficiency. He has also served government clients on developing long term water strategy. In addition, he co-leads McKinsey's internal carbon abatement initiative.

Rajat graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1992 where he was awarded the Director’s gold medal for securing the first position. He holds an engineering degree (in computer science) from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India and was awarded the Director’s gold medal at BITS for securing the first position at the institute.

Mr. Chandrabhushan

Deputy Director General

Chandra Bhushan is a Deputy Director General of CSE and the head of the industry and environment programme, crunches climate numbers and demystifies climate technologies. In recent year Chandra Bhushan He has a diverse and distinguished track record in research, writing, and policy advocacy, having researched and written about issues ranging from industrial pollution regulations to energy security and climate change, and from water crisis to political economy of natural resource extraction. He has been working in the field of low carbon development and has authored publications like Low carbon cities concepts in India, InWent Germany, November 2009, Critical perspective on CSR and development, International Affairs, Chatham House, UK, September 2006 and Cleaner Production: Issues, challenges and opportunities for India, Asian Development Bank Concept Paper, April 2005.

Chandra Bhushan is also a member the working groups for reforming pollution regulations and regulatory institutions under the twelfth Five-year Plan of the Government of India. His academic qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in environmental planning and technology.

Chandra Bhushan has a Bachelor of Engineering-Manipal Institute of Technology, Mangalore University- 1993 Masters in Environmental Planning and Technology-School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Ahmedabad Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University- 1995.



  • Challenge of the new balance: Low carbon growth options for six most energy and emissions intensive sectors, Centre for Science and Environment, 2009
  • Climate Change: Politics and Facts, Centre for Science and Environment, 2009
  • Rich Lands, Poor People: Is Sustainable mining possible? The 6th State of the India’s Environment Report, Centre for Science and Environment, 2007
  • Concrete Facts, Environment performance of Indian Cement Industry, Industry and Environment Book Series, Centre for Science and Environment, December 2005
  • All about paper – The Life Cycle of the Indian pulp and paper industry, Industry and Environment Book Series, Centre for Science and Environment, Oct 2004
  • Chlorine chain: Environmental Rating of Indian Chlor-alkali industry, Industry and Environment Book Series, Centre for Science and Environment, Sep 2002
  • Mileage: Environmental Rating of Indian Automobile industry, Industry and Environment Book Series, Centre for Science and Environment, Nov 2001

Dr. Nitin Pandit

Managing Director of WRI India

Dr. Nitin Pandit is the Managing Director of WRI India. Nitin has a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University, a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering majoring in Artificial Intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters in Civil Engineering majoring in Geotechnical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.

Prior to joining WRI India, Nitin was the President of International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), where he was responsible for offices in US, UK, India, Thailand, Philippines, South Africa, China and Brazil during his 13 year tenure to implement novel sustainable energy programs in developing countries.

Previously Nitin also formed and ran a boutique entrepreneurial high-tech for-profit consulting firm called Ensys Inc. specializing in niche applications of state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, policy methods, and offset counter-trading for environmental problem solving and renewable energy systems.
With Roy F Weston Inc, he led a multi-disciplined applied R&D department to develop computer-aided methodologies to solve environmental problems for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other clients.

Nitin started his career in water resource development projects with Dubon Project Engineering and as a Geotechnical engineer with Woodward Clyde Consultants. He specialises in the development of innovative institutions and policies for sustainable development across developed and developing countries.

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