Dr K S Murali

Executive Director, MSSRF

Dr K S Murali has over three decades of work as a researcher and program manager in water, climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation, forestry and the development sector. He recently managed a successful project on glacier-fed river basins of Hindu Kush Himalayan Region (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal) as a part of his assignment in International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in the last 6 years. He has worked in the United Nations systems for 5 years and in addition worked as a researcher in various institutions such as The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Indian Institute of Science and the French Institute at Pondicherry. He has the experience of working as a researcher and research manager at various international NGOs, Governmental Institutions and Academic institutions. He has published nearly 130 articles in international and national peer-reviewed journals, besides books and newspaper articles. Over the last 13 years, he has been working in the developmental sector managing various programs in UN organizations, International NGOs, Governments and donor agencies. With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in agriculture and PhD in Ecology apart from other short-term certificate courses in project management, project facilitation, monitoring & evaluation, he has worked on the forestry sector, community forestry, biomass estimation modelling, forest degradation, conservation of biodiversity, marine biodiversity, climate change adaptation, social aspects of watershed management, gender and climate change, water conservation and on interdisciplinary water studies including gender, governance and policy. His work has encompassed the geographies of South Asia, Africa and Southeast Asia particularly in biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation. He served on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals, trust boards and is a member to various professional organizations including American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Association of Tropical Biology while being recognized as a South Asia regional biodiversity expert for USAID and Asia regional expert at IUCN for NTFPs. His major achievements include supporting the Government of India to submit the Reports to CBD, CBD and UNCCD, supporting the Government to successfully getting the GEF projects based on the priorities set by GEF, successfully managing biodiversity programs in South Asia and India, and programs of Climate change across the continents of Asia and Africa