M N Rajeevan
Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), India
Dr M N Rajeevan is a Meteorologist who has held important positions at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology-Pune, National Atmospheric Research Laboratory-Tirupati, Indian Meteorological Department-Pune, and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research-Mumbai, before his appointment as Secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, in 2015. He had served as a Scientist-G and Adviser to the Ministry before his current appointment. He has contributed significantly to the development of many application tools and prediction models for societal applications like long-range prediction models, gridded climate data sets and many other climate application products for regional climate services. He has also developed advanced statistical prediction models for operational long range forecasts of monsoon seasonal rainfall, and high resolution climate data sets like the high resolution gridded rainfall and temperature data sets, among other contributions. Dr Rajeevan is a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy and the National Science Academy of India. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics as well as a High-level Adviser on Climate Services and Expert Member of the Research Board of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram, and the Chairman of the Council of Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for Africa and Asia, Bangkok. He has guided many research students in the University of Pune, Andhra University and S. V. University, Tirupati, and had over 118 peer-reviewed publications to his name.