Announcement

Mr. Nitin Desai appointed Chairman, TERI Governing Council and Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Chancellor, TERI School of Advanced Studies

TERI announces the appointment of Mr Nitin D. Desai as the Chairman of TERI’s Governing Council and of Mr Shailesh Nayak as the Chancellor of TERI School of Advanced Studies, with immediate effect. This follows the resignation of Mr Ashok Chawla from the chairmanship of TERI’s Governing Council and the Chancellorship of the TERI School of Advanced Studies.

Mr Nitin Desai is a distinguished economist, and a well-known voice in public policy fora nationally and internationally, especially in the sustainable development sector. He was in the Planning Commission (1973-88) and later served as the Chief Economic Adviser and Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, in the Ministry of Finance (1988-90). He also served as Senior Economic Adviser for the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) where he introduced the concept of sustainable development. He was the Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs in the UN, where his major contributions included the organization of a series of global summits, notably the Rio Earth Summit (1992), the Copenhagen Social Development Summit (1995), the Monterrey Finance and Development Summit (2002) and the Johannesburg Sustainable Development Summit (2002). He oversaw the creation of the Commission on Sustainable Development in the UN, and was the first Under Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development.

Dr Shailesh Nayak is currently a Member of the Governing Council of TERI and the Director of National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. He was Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences during 2008-2015 and Distinguished Scientist during 2015-2018. In his outstanding career, he has provided leadership for programmes related to climate change, weather services, polar science, ocean science and modelling, ocean survey, resources and technology. Dr. Nayak is recognised for setting up the Tsunami Warning System for the Indian Ocean and several other satellite-based products and services including sea state for coastal zone management.