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About Ashok Khosla (Detail) | Dr. Ashok Khosla

About Ashok Khosla (Detail)

My CV - (Full)

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New Delhi 110 057


Chairman, Development Alternatives, New Delhi

From 1983 : Responsible for policies, strategic planning and overall supervision of the organisation’s operations which include: analysis of sustainable development options, innovation, manufacturing and marketing of technologies and products aimed at achieving sustainable livelihoods on a mass scale, development and dissemination of effective environmental management systems, design and advocacy of appropriate policies and institutions.


Director, INFOTERRA, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi

1976-82 :    Designed and established INFOTERRA, the International Referral System for Sources of Environmental Information of the United Nations. Created a global network in over 110 countries to improve environmental information  exchange. As Chairman, MIS, established organisation-wide procedures  for efficient flow of information. Undertook many other assignments relating to environmental management techniques.

Director, Office of Environmental Planning & Coordination, Department of Science

and Technology, Govt of India, N. Delhi

1972-76 :   As head of the first office of environment in the Government of India (and  in the Third World) established the organisational and functional basis for environmental policy-making in the country. Was responsible for all  activities of the Department relating to Environmental Policy, Environmental legislation, planning and management, Project appraisal, Pollution control, Human settlements, Transportation systems, Nature conservation, Energy, Appropriate technology, S&T Policy, Futurology, Forecasting, Information Systems, and Education.

Also As Chief Consultant, and Member of Board of Directors, Delhi Transport  Corp, designed new routing network, and scheduling, management and information systems for mass transport system. Managed implementation.




  • National Security Advisory Board
  • Science Advisory Council to the Cabinet
  • National Environment Council
  • Delhi Urban Art Commission
  • Indo-UK Roundtable for Strategic Advice to Prime Ministers



  • The Club of Rome
  • Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
  • World Resources Institute (WRI – India)
  • Center for Our Common Future, Geneva
  • WETV, the Global Access TV Channel, Ottawa
  • International Facilitating Committee, Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro
  • IUCN Commission on Environmental Planning
  • ICSU/SCOPE Project on Environmental Information, Paris
  • SATIS, Utrecht
  • National Advisory Committee on Environmental Education, G.O.I.
  • Indian Environment Congress, New Delhi

Special advisor 

  • World Commission on Environment & Development, Geneva


  • World Conservation Union (IUCN), Morges & Gland
  • World Wide Fund for Nature, Gland
  • International Advisory Board, Criteria CaixaCorp, Barcelona
  • EXPO 2000, Hannover
  • Earth Council, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Television Trust for the Environment, London
  • Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm
  • International Institute for Environment & Development, Winnipeg
  • UNEP International Environment Technology Centre, Osaka
  • World Economic Forum NGO Council, Davos/Geneva
  • Factor 10 Club
  • World Future Council
  • Alliance for a New Humanity
  • Chair, Jury of EnergyGlobe Award
  • Jury, World Clean Energy Award
  • Jury, Toyota Environmental Award
  • National Environmental Council, New Delhi
  • Science Advisory Council to the Cabinet, New Delhi
  • Poverty Eradication Mission, Govt of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad
  • Delhi Urban Arts Commission, New Delhi
  • National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
  • World Wide Fund for Nature – India, New Delhi
  • Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation, Bhopal


  • United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi   
  • United Nations Development Programme, New York
  • World Bank, Washington D.C.
  • Global Environment Facility, Washington, D.C.
  • United Nations University, Tokyo
  • International Development Research Center, Ottawa
  • World Conservation Union (IUCN), Gland
  • International Council of Scientific Unions, Paris
  • World Resources Institute, Washington D.C.
  • East-West Center, Hawaii
  • Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm
  • MacArthur Foundation, Chicago
  • Ministry of Environment, Government of India, New Delhi
  • Ministry of Science & Technology, G.O.I., New Delhi
  • Ministry of Rural Development, G.O.I., New Delhi
  • Planning Commission, G.O.I., New Delhi


  • Secretary General’s Task Force to Restructure the
  • Environmental Programmes of the United Nations
  • Evaluation of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Pilot
  • Evaluation of the World Bank’s Environmental Performance
  • Evaluation of the Capacity 21 Programme of UNDP
  • Evaluation of the Environment Progs of the E-W Center, Hawaii
  • The Memo Group of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin
  • Science Advisory Committee of the United Nations University


  • 30th Anniversary of IIED, London


  • 25th Anniversary of UNCHE in the Swedish Parliament, Stockholm
  • First World Conservation Congress (IUCN), Montreal
  • Urban Summit (Mayors’ Conference), Montreal
  • BCSD at the Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro
  • Conserving Heritage, Fondazione Ambiente d’Italia, Rome


“The Survival Equation”, ed with Roger Revelle, Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1970)

  • More than 300 professional papers, articles and reports
  • The Development Alternatives monthly journal


  • UNEP Science-Policy Lifetime Award
  • UN Sawakawa Environment Prize
  • Schwab Foundation Outstanding Social Entrepreneur
  • Stockholm Challenge Award
  • Global 500 Roll of Honour of the United Nations Environment Prog.
  • The Golden Ark of the Netherlands


Harvard University

  • Undergraduate courses on Physics, Astronomy (1963-69)
  • Course on “Population, Resources and the Environment” (1964-70)


  • Sales Manager, Grolier Inc., Boston, Mass (1964-67)
  • Several awards for Top Salesman and Top Sales Manager in US
  • Manager, D.P. Data Inc., Marlboro, Mass (1967-70)
  • Consultant, Industrial Development Services, New Delhi (1971)


Harvard University: A.M., Ph.D. in Experimental Physics

Peterhouse, Cambridge University: B.A., MA in Natural Sciences

St. Lawrence College, Kent, UK: School Certificate

Father was university professor and diplomat. Mother was college lecturer. Brother is a venture capitalist, now working as CFO of TARAhaat. Wife is Deputy Director General (Retd) in the Ministry of Tourism, GOI. Refugee from Pakistan, August 1947. Studied at 16 schools in 10 countries.


Ashok Khosla