Executive Director, IRADe
Dr. Jyoti Parikh
Dr. Jyoti Parikh is the Executive Director since the inception of IRADe in 2002. Dr. Parikh is the former member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change – India and is a recipient of Nobel Peace Prize awarded to IPCC authors in 2007.
Dr. Jyoti Parikh has made valuable contribution in environment and climate change issues of the developing countries. She is also heading the Center of Excellence (CoE) on Urban Development and Climate Change, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), India.
Dr. Jyoti Parikh has also provided energy and environment consultancy to the Planning Commission, New Delhi (1978-80), World Bank, U.S. Department of Energy, European Economic Community, Brussels, and UN agencies such as UNIDO, FAO, UNU, UNDP and UNESCO. Moreover, she has been actively contributing as an advisor to various ministries for Government of India.
Dr. Parikh served as the Senior Professor at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, and was the Acting Director of IGIDR during 1997-98. She also worked at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria, and was visiting professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) of UNU, Tokyo 1995-96. She holds a PhD. from the University of Maryland, College Park and M.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from University of California, Berkeley.
Deputy Director, IRADe
Mr. Rohit Magotra
RohitMagotra has joined IRADe from 2013 and is presently leading the thematic area of Sustainable Urban Development as Deputy Director. Between 2016-2018 he led the Think Tank Forum for South Asia Regional co-operation under USAID SARI/EI programme to engage with policymakers, media, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, civil society and citizens to help prioritize, fast track and push the agenda for Cross Border Electricity Trade. He is currently leading research on climate change and cities. His research work focusses on climate adaptation and climate action in Indian cities.
Mr. Magotra is Masters in Environmental Sciences with an advanced degree in management from IIFM, Bhopal. He has authored/co-authored/contributed several national and international papers and publications related to energy policy, disaster resilience, climate resilience, public health, energy, forestry environment, smart cities, e-governance & SME supply chains. He has 19 years plus experience in policy research, advocacy, consensus building, programme management, setting multi-stakeholder consortiums of government, public and private sector. He is an impact investor and recipient of prestigious awards which include Stockholm Challenge GKP Award, 2007, Dell Small Business Excellence Award, 2009 NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours, 2010.
Prior to IRADe, he worked as Director, Inext Retail Services Pvt. Ltd. and Chief Operating Officer, Ekgaon technologies.
Senior Advisor, IRADe
Dr. Ajit Tyagi
Senior Advisor, IRADe
Dr. Mohit Kumar
DrMohitKumarl has joined IRADe in July 2015 and is presently working as Research Analyst. He is presently working on several projects dealing with, developing Disaster Risk Resilience (DRR) in mountainous cities, formulation of mitigation strategies for air pollution in Delhi, identification of thermal hotspots in Delhi, Rajkot and Bhubaneshwar using satellite data, assessing the variability of ambient air temperature and land surface temperature across the urban landscape, land use/land cover classification using remote sensing data, and analysing the impact of climatic parameters on Dengue prevalence in Delhi and Rajkot. Previously, he worked on a project dealing with ecological assessment of mangroves and coral reefs in Marine National Park and Sanctuary, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India.
He holds a Ph.D. from Nirma University, Ahmedabad, and is life member of Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG) and Indian Meteorological Society (IMS). He has authored several research papers in international journals, demonstrating application of satellite data for societal benefits. Dr. Kumar has an experience of 10 years in utilizing remote sensing satellite data and Geographic Information System (GIS) for deriving information related to spatio-temporal changes in vegetation cover, changes in coastal zones, mangroves, coral reefs, climate change, land use/land cover change, biodiversity loss, air pollution, heat stress, spread of vector-borne diseases and disasters in mountainous regions.
Prior to joining IRADe, he has worked at Space Applications Centre (SAC), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Ahmedabad, and at Gujarat Environment Management Institute (GEMI), Gandhinagar.
Senior Research Analyst
Dr. Nimisha Jha
Senior Research Associate
Ms. Moumita Shaw has joined IRADe in January, 2017 and is presently working as a Senior Research Associate. She is currently involved in “Climate Adaptive Action Plans to Manage Heat Stress in Indian Cities”, “Prediction of Dengue with Climate change over Delhi and Rajkot”, “Developing Disaster Resilience Action Plan through GIS and Prioritizing Actions for Natural Disaster Risk Reduction in Urban Agglomerations of Shillong and Gangtok” projects where she is involved in qualitative and qualitative research and analysis and urban climate resilience planning.
She has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and has also a Master’s Degree in Geography, from Delhi School of Economic (DSE), University of Delhi, Delhi. She has authored papers on Industrial Water Abatement and also co-authored various papers on Urban Climate Resilience, Dengue trends, Heat Stress management etc.
Ms. Moumita Shaw has over 8 years’ experience working in Urban Planning, slum redevelopment, climate resilience projects. Prior to IRADe she has worked in Centre of Environment Education(CEE), Ahmedabad and Kolkata as Programme Officer in the field of urban sustainability, transport governance, etc. She has also worked as Capacity Building and Training Coordinator under RAY Technical Cell, at Rajkot Municipal Corporation, Rajkot, Gujarat in the field of urban planning, slum redevelopment and affordable housing. She has been extensively involved in on-field, public and Government interface projects across Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar.
Ms. Yashi Sharma has joined IRADe in June 2018 and is presently working as a Research Assistant. She is assisting the urban team on all urban development projects. She has been actively working in the projects involving climate resilience of the cities which includes “Developing Urban Vulnerability Index for 6 Indian Cities”; “Natural Disaster Risk Reduction in Urban Agglomerations of Shillong and Gangtok” and intervention in climate change and health risks through “Climate Adaptive Action Plans to Manage Heat Stress in Indian Cities”.
She completed her Bachelors in Urban Planning and Policy Development from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Where after, from the same institute she perused her masters in Urban and Regional Planning with specialization in housing.
Ms. Yashi Sharma has prior internship experience with Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ), involving retrofitting (5- point programme) of Existing IT parks in Cyberabad Zone of TSIIC. She has also interned at Centre for Urban and Real Estate Policy, where she worked in her capacity preparing Integrated Cluster Action Plan (ICAP) for each Rurban cluster (Phase-2).
Mr. Vijay Raj J. has joined IRADe in December 2019 and is presently working as a Consultant in the Climate Adaptive Heat Stress Action Plan and the Urban Vulnerability Index project. He is responsible for research, analysis and documentation of the technical functions under HSAP and UVI programs, which aim to study the implications of climate change induced heat stress and disasters in Indian cities and the urban centres of South Asia.
He received his Masters in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia, UK and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Anna University, Chennai. He has written for numerous news outlets on climate change and the need for adaptation measures at international level. His research project elaborated the effectiveness of mitigation measures for the conservation efforts in the special protected area of Portugal.
Mr. Vijay Raj J. has around 8 years of international experience in the global efforts taken towards tackling climate change. He assisted scientists at the Climatic Research Unit in Norwich, England and worked as a field researcher with conservation organizations in the UK and India. During his tenure as a Research Assistant at the Changing Oceans Research Unit in the University of British Columbia, Canada, he helped scientists find solutions for the impact of climate change on global fisheries and assisted the lead authors of the UN IPCC’s 5th assessment report on climate change. He has also worked with consultancies in South Asia on projects of DFID UK, World Bank, and in projects funded by European Union, NSERC Canada, and Nippon Neureus.