Vice President, Institute for Sustainable Development and Research, ISDR, India
Kalpana Chaudhari is an engineer by training. She has pursued a Ph.D. in Engineering and Technology. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary subjects, including e-governance and information and communication technologies, their application for socio-economic and sustainable development and how they are empowering both decision-makers and communities to play a proactive role in managing ocean and marine systems, climate change, disaster risk and coastal resilience. She is working as Vice President of Institute for Sustainable Development and Research (ISDR) in India, an organisation that has consultative status with United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC), UN-Environment,UN-Habitat, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), UN-Ffd (Finance for Development) and UN-WCDRR (World Conference on Disaster risk and Reductions). Kalpana is working as Assistant Professor at Shah and Anchor Kutchhi Engineering College, Mumbai, India. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on the Assessment on Marine Litter and Microplastics for the United Nations Environment Program (UN-Environment). She is Core Member of Expert Team on Disaster Risk Reduction (ETDRR) for Joint WMO-UNESCO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM).She is Member of Task Force on Knowledge and Data for Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She is Lead Author and Reviewer for the flagship report on "Science for Disaster Risk Management 2020–Acting today, Protecting tomorrow" of Disaster Risk Management knowledge Center, Joint Research Centre, European Commission (EC/EU). She has participated in programs on coastal and ocean governance organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, International Council for Science (ICSU), World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), Land Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO) and other international organizations in Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America and Europe.