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Ravi Chellam

Ravi Chellam, Ph.D.

Wildlife Biologist & Conservation Scientist

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Ravi Chellam has been involved with wildlife research, education and conservation since the early 1980s.  Currently he is Programme Director, Foundation for Ecological Security, Anand, Gujarat.  During his career he has worked with Wildlife Institute of India, United Nations Development Programme, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Wildlife Conservation Society - India Program, Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Gharial Conservation Alliance.  He has played leadership roles in most of his assignments.  His current interests include developing a portal and decision support system for protected areas and surrounding landscapes in India, conservation of large carnivores, conservation and management of wildlife and biodiversity outside Protected Areas, human-wildlife conflicts and restoration of wildlife habitats.  He is associated with other conservation NGOs in governance roles; Vice-President of BNHS and serves on BNHS’s Governing Council, Board of Trustees of Samrakshan, Board of Advisors of Nature Conservation Foundation, General Body of Greenpeace-India and is Secretary and member of the Management Committee and General Body of Equations.  He has served as an expert adviser to the Amicus Curiae of the Forest Bench of the Supreme Court of India.  He has worked closely with the government on several conservation projects as well as policy issues.  He is currently a member of the expert committee appointed by the Government of India to guide the translocation of Asiatic lions and also of a committee of the State Government of Madhya Pradesh which is involved in planning and implementation of conservation projects for gharials.  He is part of the Organising Committee of the Student Conference on Conservation Science-Bengaluru.  Apart from his scientific, technical publications and academic teaching, he writes for the general public in newspapers and magazines and gives public talks on wildlife and conservation.