G N Kathpalia (Chairperson)

Chairman of Board of Trustees, Alternative Futures and Advisor to the Ganga River Basin Management group run by seven IITs and supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. A civil engineer with long and wide-ranging experience in water resources management. During his years in the government he worked with various Ministries/Departments including Irrigation and Agriculture and with the Planning Commission. Was Specialist (Water Use), National Commission on Agriculture, Government of India. Subsequently, consultant to the Asian Development Bank, USAID, Ford Foundation and the World Bank. He and his colleague Rakesh Kapoor have co-authored Charting a New Course: A Strategy for Sustainable Management of India’s Water Resources in the 21st Century (Alternative Futures and Daanish Books, New Delhi, ISBN 81-89654-16-0, 2006).

Rakesh Kapoor (Managing Trustee)

Researcher, writer, editor and founder-managing trustee of Alternative Futures. Rakesh works on the interface of science, technology, society and the future and on issues of sustainable development. He is Consulting Editor of Futures: the journal of policy, planning and futures studies ( He was Director of the World Futures Studies Federation ( – a global community of futurist thinkers, scientists and consultants from 2008 to 2014. See detailed c.v.

Ashok Raj

Has professional qualifications in Electrical Engineering and Science policy. Has three decades of experience in research, large-scale surveys, monitoring and evaluation in the areas of sustainable development, livelihoods, gender, the informal sector, crafts, vocational training and science communication. He has carried out research studies sponsored by various agencies like Department of Science and Technology, UNESCO, UNIFEM and UNDP.

Aditi Chadha Kapoor Director (Policy Advocacy and Partnerships)

Researcher, communication professional and trainer, working on issues of environment, climate change, gender, agriculture, livelihoods and development. Aditi focuses on policy research and advocacy linking it with the grassroots. She worked from 2002 to 2010 with Oxfam GB and before that with UN agencies, government organisations, civil society groups like Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), and as a journalist with The Times of India for over a decade. Won the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting, 1992. She is a fellow of leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) and was Board Member of World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C. from 2000-2009. Is currently on the board of India Water Partnership.

Koshy Cherail

Economist and specialist on energy issues, with a PhD in economics. Currently President of Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy ( Earlier, has been Consultant to India Secretariat of World Bank/UN Foundation-UNEP Programme based at Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), New Delhi on Developing Financial Intermediation Mechanisms for Energy Efficiency Investment in India, China and Brazil. Earlier positions held include Programme Officer – Energy & Environment, Winrock International India, New Delhi, India and Manager – Outreach Services, Energy Management Centre, Ministry of Power, New Delhi.


Sudhirendar Sharma

Formerly with the World Bank, Dr Sudhirendar Sharma has been an ardent student of water issues, a keen observer on climate change dynamics and a critic of the contemporary development processes. With degrees in agriculture and environment science, he worked with non-governmental organisations, media outfits and multi-lateral institutions. He has done strategic planning, knowledge management and project evaluation for leading development institutions like the World Bank, DFID, EU, IDRC, IFAD, etc. and has published extensively in national and international journals and magazines. Sudhirendar considers himself as a quasi-academic researcher, a development analyst and an ‘evolving entrepreneur’. Sharma lives in New Delhi with his wife and son.

Suuhas Tenddulkar

Suuhas Tenddulkar, Advisor with AF, has been leading policy research in the areas of renewable energy, climate change and sustainability. For the past seven years he has worked on funded and consultancy projects on varied topics like systems approach to energy sector planning, renewable energy integration, energy storage, state action plans, climate action plans and techno-economic feasibility and till recently was heading the climate change and sustainability vertical at the World Institute of Sustainable Energy, an NGO think tank based in Pune. Suuhas has been passionate about working in the domain of climate change communication and is currently working on a new proposal that tries to highlight how inherited cultural values affect behavioral response to climate change. Suuhas is an electrical engineer and a management graduate with a tot