Prof. Syed  Iqbal Hasnain

Dr. Syed Iqbal HasnainProf. Hasnain is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Stimson Center. He currently serves as Chairman of the Glacier and Climate Change Commission established by the State Government of Sikkim (India). He is a member of several high-level committees, including: the United Nations Environment Program Committee on Global Assessment of Black Carbon and Troposphere Ozone and the International Mid-Term Review Committee commissioned by international donors to review the International Center for Mountain and Research Development, Kathmandu, Nepal. Between 2002 and 2006, Hasnain served as a vice-chancellor (President) of the University of Calicut, India. Previously, he held the post of Professor of Glaciology, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), where he introduced glaciology as a subject at the post-graduate research level. He has published a book as well as research papers in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Glaciology and the Journal of Hydrology. Through lectures, television interviews, and articles featuring him in popular international magazines like Nature and leading Indian newspapers, he has long advocated the impact of long-lived carbon dioxide and short-lived climate forcers like black carbon, methane, and ozone on the Himalayan-Tibetan glaciers. Time magazine prominently featured Hasnain’s work in its December 24, 2009 article “Climate Change: The Tragedy of the Himalayas”. Professor Hasnain was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009 by the President of India for his contributions to advancing the science of glaciology in India. Email

  1. Black Soot Aerosols and Water Storage Concerns in Himalaya-Tibetan Plateau
  2. A carte blanche to China in Gilgit-Baltistan
  3. More Sign of Warming, but Cold Negotiations
  4. Asymmetric Security Challenges

Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma

Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma IndiaFaulty development policies and unabashed exploitation of natural resources make Dr Sudhirendar Sharma worried about the future. He puts people before progress and never shies away from raising uncomfortable questions to the policymakers. Having a flair for words, he hits hard and on the spot. With masters degree in agriculture, a doctorate in environmental sciences and a hands-on experience at the print media, he finds himself at an advantage to prism development `as it not’. Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma is an independent writer, researcher and academic. He is quite well known in South Asia especially in Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan for his fresh insights and holistic understanding of the state of affairs.  He believes that if there is a way out of the current situation it is possible only in partnership with relevant parties. Email :

  1. Need to Rewrite the Mountain Perspective!
  2. Costly Chocolate, Dearer Diapers And The Durban Dilemma
  3. Watch the shades of `Green Economy’
  4. Does green matter?
  5. Cultural Conundrum of Climate Change
  6. Carbon crunching at low price for the benefit of advanced nations

Dr. Madhav Karki

Dr. KarkiDr. Madhav Karki works as Senior Research Faculty at ISET-Nepal. He worked as the Deputy Director General (2005-2012) at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu. His learning and research interests are in the areas of Environment & Natural Resources Management and Climate Change Adaptation in mountain context. He has more than 30 years of professional experience working in different positions and capacities mainly in South Asian and Himalayan countries. Dr. Karki is a strategic thinker, in last few years he has been actively participating in the global Climate Change discourses contributing in Climate Change and Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD) issues. He led the Hindu Kush Himalaya/Asia Pacific team that carried out the assessment of the SMD achievements, challenges and opportunities between 1992 and 2012 and beyond and organized a number of events at the Rio+20 conference in Brazil in 2012. He also conceived and organized Mountain Day at COP17 and COP18 at Durban and Doha and was the chair of the global Mountain Partnership Consortium during 2011-12. Email:

  1. Mountain Perspective Framework In Post Rio+20 Scenarios: A Discussion Paper
  2. Framing Sustainable Development Goals With Mountain Perspectives: Post Rio+20 Actions
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