Dr Ashok Khosla

Dr Ashok Khosla founded and was president of Development Alternatives Group from 1982. He is now chairman of its board. With its headquarters in New Delhi, the Development Alternatives Group was among the first civil society organisations established to address the issues of sustainable development as a whole.

Currently, Dr Khosla is president of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s largest and most representative alliance of conservation agencies and interest groups; co-president of the Club of Rome, a group dedicated to promoting systems-based strategic understanding of the world problematique and the human predicament; and co-chair of the Resource Panel, which has been set up by UN Environment to investigate the status and trends of natural resource use in the global economy. In India, he has served on the National Security Advisory Board, the National Environment Board and the Science Advisory Council to the Cabinet and on several boards of academic and not-for-profit organizations.

Dr Khosla has had several international assignments, such as Special Advisor to the Brundtland Commission (WCED), Chair of the ‘92 NGO Forum at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and has served on the boards of several environment and conservation organizations, including Chair of the Centre for Our Common Future.

He helped design and teach the first university course on the environment (as an assistant to Professor Roger Revelle at Harvard University, 1965); establish and head the first governmental agency for the environment in a developing country (under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, 1972); and set up the original international information system on environment (Infoterra, with Maurice Strong at UN Environment, 1976).