ACT (Action on Climate Today) is a five-year initiative that works closely with governments in South Asia to develop strategies to build resilience to the impact of climate change. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), ACT works with the aim to help partner governments to integrate climate change into their policies, plan and budgets. ACT is providing technical support to 11 governments that include 5 national governments and 6 sub-national governments
India (the states of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Maharashtra and Odisha)
Action on Climate Today, combines the Climate Proofing Growth and Development
(CPGD), which works in partnership with the governments of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan and the Climate Change Innovation Programme (CCIP) working in India. ACT initiative has been helping these countries to integrate climate change into policies, plans and budgets. It has also strengthened countries’ capacity to attract and leverage climate change investment
The initiative thrives on the following objectives
Support the design and delivery of climate resilience at National and Subnational levels
Build the climate change knowledge of decision makers
Attract Further climate change investment from the public and private sector
Share and disseminate practical knowledge on climate compatible development
ACT has been instrumental in training and building capacity of focused stakeholders in the South Asian countries. The initiative has also been working toward enhancing decision-making tools and policy options within
government institutions, as well as sharing knowledge and forging networks and partnerships. Recognising the need for access to climate finance and climate-informed budgeting, ACT has successfully supported partner in the development of climate financing tools, and helped leverage national and international finance
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Our partners range from national and state governments to multilateral institutes and civil society.
Meet Our Team
ACT team comprises a Core Management Team in Delhi and Oxford that provides strategic and management support to the initiative
The teams in 11 locations – five country locations and six state locations in India – work closely with their
government counterparts, and aligned stakeholders to mainstream climate change into policies, plans and budgets
at the national and sub-national levels. In addition,there are technical partners and consultant experts for each of the key workstream
Kumar Pratyush Anand
Finance & Admin Assistant,
Knowledge Management Officer
Aditya Vansh Bahadur
Regional Programme Development Manager
Pradipta Kumar Bayee
Anmol Arora is the Knowledge Management Officer on the Action on Climate Today initiative. He supports qualitative research, information management, knowledge exchange and communication outreach across partner countries in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh).In his previous stint, he conducted qualitative research and authored a book on forced migration and displacement of refugees from Middle-East. He has worked as a journalist for The Indian Express and The Asian Age newspaper after completing a degree in journalism at the Express Institute of Media Studies. He is a History graduate from Hansraj College, Delhi University. He can be reached email@example.com.
As the Regional Programme Development Manager, Aditya provides direct technical support on adaptation policy formulation to the Governments of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Nepal, and leads on strategic development, operational management as well as a substantial programme of knowledge and Learnings initiatives.
In the past, Aditya lead several projects for the Adaptation and Resilience team at the Overseas Development Institute. He has also worked on projects for AusAID, DfID, IFAD, the Hewlett Foundation, the Shell Foundation, the
Rockefeller Foundation, ActionAid, UNISDR, UNESCAP, UNICEF, Christian Aid and the Institute of Development Studies. He has undertaken research on climate and disaster impacts in urban areas for the Rockefeller Foundation, the Asian Development Bank and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network. He completed his undergraduate studies at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and has an MA and a PhD in Development Studies (focus on climate change resilience) from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. He can be reached at A.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pradipta Kumar Bayee works as the Finance and Administrative Officer with the ACT Program, primarily managing all the financial transactions at national and international level. His key expertise lies in accounting which includes managing day to day financial transactions, ensuring compliance with policies & procedures, complete documentation, preparation, analysis and presentation of financial statements and reports and taxation. He provides vital support to manage the global internal audit, statutory audit, donor audit and tax audit of the organization. Pradipta also has sound IT skills and provides need based IT support to the team. Pradipta is proficient in developing various internationally accepted reporting templates based on excel. He has sound understanding of best practices in procurement, accounting, taxation and budgeting in different industries. His academics reflect, Masters in Commerce, MBA in Finance and Cost and Management Accountant (CMA- Inter). Pradipta can be reached at email@example.com
Team Leader, Odisha & Chhattisgarh
Head of Finance and Logistics
Allan Joseph Duncan
Programme Director, ACT
Rajesh Bhatia has been working as a Finance Consultant with the ACT Program in Delhi since December,2017. He is an experienced finance professional with more than 23 years of rich experience in the development Sector and has expertise in the areas of Financial Management, Accounts & Audits,Budgeting/Forecasting, Project Management, Procurement, Human Resource & Administration. During his career, he has largely worked with USAID funded projects implemented by international development agencies such as IntraHealth International, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, WWF, URC etc. Rajesh comes from the northern part of India (Himalayas) and likes to go on long drives, especially in the mountains. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Odisha and Chhattisgarh Team Leader, Soumik has been working closely with the Governments of Odisha and Chhattisgarh to influence and implement various climate change mitigation and adaptation actions, project structuring, project management, stakeholder expectation management and climate financing from national and international sources.An expert in the field of climate change and sustainable development, Soumik has more than 12 years of experience in the field of sustainability, climate change, carbon management and energy management and low-carbon strategy formulation. His previous responsibilities included technical and sectoral expertise in project execution, due diligence of project activities, people management including scheduling, mentoring and team building and conducting training and workshops. He has worked with organisations like World Bank, KfW Bankengruppe, UNIDO, Ethical Tea Partnership,DFID in various roles, and has been involved in more than 200 projects worldwide across varied sectors.He can be reached at Soumik.email@example.com.
Naveen Devnani is heading the Finance and Operations Unit of the ACT program and is responsible for overseeing financial management, budgeting, internal control, risk management, policies, procedures and compliance related matters. He has over 20 years of experience with international development organizations such as Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), American Institutes for Research (AIR) and IntraHealth International, working on large programs addressing issues around Public Health, Education and Climate Change and funded by donors such as DFID, USAID and BMGF. His core expertise is in managing Operations which includes Finance, Procurement, Contracting, Grants Management, HR andAdministration functions. Naveen has a degree in MBA Finance from IMT, Ghaziabad and M.Com from Delhi University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allan is a principal consultant at Oxford Policy Management working within the Public Sector Governance team. His background is in public policy and institutional reform both within South Asia and the Horn of Africa covering climate adaptation, public financial management, gender and social inclusion and political economy analysis. He was previously the Associate Director for Fragile and Conflicted States within Africa for KPMG and was responsible for state building programmes across the continent. Allan has also worked extensively with NGOs on livelihood and sustainability issues within East Africa. He holds a MSc from the School of African and Oriental Studies in Public Policy and Management. He can be reached at email@example.com
Alok Dwivedi is a Finance Manager working with the ACT Programme and is primarily responsible for contracting technical and management resources at the South Asian Regional level. Alok brings with him over 22 years of rich work experience and in his career path, he has worked with many national and International organizations viz. Bankers Institute of Rural Development (BIRD), Academy for Educational Development (AED), CARE, EngenderHealth, Family Health International, IntraHealth International and Population Services International. By qualification, Alok has a finance background holding a Bachelors Degree in Commerce, Post Graduation in Economics and an Executive MBA in Finance. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate Change Consultant
Søren Vester Haldrup
Knowledge ManagementKM and Communications Consultant
Elizabeth Gogoi is a consultant within OPM’s Climate Change and Energy team in the Delhi office. She specializes in the practice and political economy of national and sub-national climate change and clean energy policy-making in India and across South Asia. Elizabeth manages a dedicated Learnings stream within ACT which documents and shares Learnings from the programme to a wider audience. She has also developed and now manages the Context Assessment tool which provides an annual internal political economy analysis of the institutional context for tackling climate change in the region. Prior to working with OPM, Elizabeth managed the India and Nepal programmes for the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), supported the legislative process for climate change policy in the EU and US, and worked for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). She can be reached at Elizabeth.Gogoi@opml.co.uk
Naman Gupta is Maharashtra State Team Leader for UK-India Climate Change Innovation Program- Action on Climate Today to support implementation of the State Action Plan on Climate Change in Maharashtra. She has done Masters in Environmental Sciences and M Phil. in Environmental Plant Physiology. In addition, she has diplomas in EMS and ISO- 14000/14001; and International Business as well as attended Guest Researcher Program under “International Climate Policy Program” at Hamburg Institute of International Economics, Germany. Ms. Gupta’s work focuses on Stakeholders Engagement with Senior Government Officials, Corporates,Think Tanks & Professionals, for Policy development, Programme Management, Climate Finance Project Development, Knowledge Management and Capacity Development in the space of climate change. She has received an Award for ‘Women Empowerment and Climate Change’ during 6th Global Economic Summit, 2017. In past she has worked with renowned organisations such as; British High Commission,GIZ, Centre for Environment Education, Ecosecurities Group and Ernst & Young. She can be reached at
Søren Vester Haldrup is a governance advisor on Action on Climate Today. Søren provides advice to ACT’s teams in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Afghanistan, on how to facilitate capacity and behaviour change in governments working to mainstream climate change resilience into planning and budgeting at the national and sub-national level.Søren has worked extensively with governance, political economy analysis and capacity development as a consultant in Oxford Policy Management. Prior to joining OPM Søren worked for the UNDP in Tanzania as an embedded advisor in the Zanzibar Planning Commission (ZPC).Søren has an MSc in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen and an MSc in Theory and History of International Relations from the London School of Economics. He has written and published on institutional reform, capacity development and PPPs in low-income countries and fragile states. He can
be reached at email@example.com
Divya supports the knowledge management and communication functions of the ACT initiative. This ranges from co-managing large publication pipeline for the programme, building external influence, constituency and visibility for ACT through digital and media engagement, to enhancing, improving and expanding communication collaterals, and developing knowledge management tools and techniques for use across states and countries.In her previous stint, Divya was working in the Climate Change & Energy unit at WWF-India, and IPE Global Pvt Ltd. Besides, she has experience in content and editorial profiles with Taylor & Francis (T&F),a UK-based international publishing house. She has post graduate degrees in Mass Communication and English Literature from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan and Jamia Millia Islamia, respectively, and is a graduate from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pankaj Kumar is team leader – Bihar for South Asia Climate Proofing and Growth Development(CPGD) – Climate Change Innovation Programme (CCIP) supported by DFID that seeks to mainstream climate change resilience into planning and budgeting at the national and sub-national level in India,Pakistan, Nepal, and Afghanistan.Pankaj Kumar has worked previously with IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation and BUIDCO(Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation), Govt. of Bihar as Environmental Specialist for WB & ADB funded projects. Prior to this, he worked with Carbon Check (UNFCCC accredited DoE),Johannesburg, RSA as Team Leader for validation, verification of around 100 GHG projects in Asia,Africa, USA, Asia Pacific & Americas. He is also on external roster of experts of Gold Standard, Geneva.He can be reached at email@example.com Pankaj Kumar is Masters in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute (University),I.C.F.R.E, Dehradun, which is Centre of Excellence in South East Asia for Forestry education & research and PGDEL from National Law School of India University, Bangalore (India).
Programme Management Officer
Marwah Malik Maqbool
Technical Lead – Monitoring and Evaluation
Programme Management Consultant
Deepak Kumar is Technical Expert for the Bihar Team of Action on Climate Today. He provides technical support in managing the ACT programme in Bihar. He also supports the nodal department and liaise with the other state government departments in preparing plans for mainstreaming climate change resilience into planning and budgeting process.Mr. Kumar has most of the engagements with Government domain, before ACT he was associated with Department of Environment and Forests, Government of Bihar for almost 55 months. As Project Management Officer at headquarter, he was involved in overall management and monitoring of Hariyali Mission (a state Govt. project) and Namami Gange (a Govt. of India project). Prior to this, he wasTechnical Expert in Gujarat State Watershed Management Agency, Gandhinagar.Mr. Kumar has a coveted ‘Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management (PGDFM)’ with specialization in ‘Development Management & Environment Management’ from “Indian Institute of Forest Management(IIFM), Bhopal”.He can be reached Deepak.firstname.lastname@example.org
In her twelve years career, Rajni Luthra has held multiple management and administrative portfolios. Prior to Action on Climate Today, she has worked with British High Commission, Export Development Canada,Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) and Ministry of Science & Technology,Government of India. She has extensive management experience. Her forte lies in managing Bi-lateral and National programs in sectors of Climate Change, Energy and Biotechnology.As the Programme Management Officer at ACT, she supports the Regional Manager in the overall delivery of the ACT programme, undertaking all necessary technical, operational and management tasks.
She can be reached at email@example.com
Marwah Maqbool Malik is ACT’s Technical Expert on climate change in Pakistan. She is responsible for managing multiple workstreams, both at Federal and Provincial level; these workstreams relate to mainstreaming climate change adaptation in planning and policy making at both governance tiers, building institutional capacity to address climate change, promoting climate resilient agriculture in Punjab,and facilitating access to international funds for climate change.Concurrent to her role in ACT, she is part of the climate change and disaster risk portfolio at Oxford Policy Management. Her prior experience includes work as a project consultant and research associate for IGC on projects related to urban planning and urban inequalities; other assignments include evaluation of faculty training programme for Higher Education Commission in Pakistan and a study on community
driven sanitation in Uganda.She has a Masters degree in International Development, with a concentration in poverty and inequalities,and a Bachelors in Economics. She can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesse McConnell is the Technical Lead on Monitoring and Evaluation for Action on Climate Today, a £23 million UK AID supported climate change programme that seeks to mainstream climate change resilience into planning and budgeting at the national and sub-national level in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Afghanistan.Jesse is an independent contractor with technical expertise in monitoring and evaluation, with a focus on complex programme and system design in conflict-affected or challenging environments. He has professional working experience in over 30 countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.Current and recent experience includes supporting the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund’s M&E system development in Iraq, adaptive programme management and monitoring system strengthening for a market system development programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and an on-going evaluation for the Africa Risk Capacity, a sovereign-level insurance agency aimed an enhancing African states’ resilience to weather-related shocks. . He can be reached at
Vandana Nath is associated as a Programme Management Consultant for Action on Climate Today. She manages the Private Sector Engagement at the India Central Level and closely works with the India Programme Head on managing the ongoing work in Indian Locations (locations: Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Kerala) .
Vandana previously worked as a Program Manager for Task Force on Learnings and Knowledge Management at the India Sanitation Coalition(ISC) FICCI. Aligning with the objectives of Learnings, sharing and disseminating, she was involved in devising strategies for an efficient Learnings and sharing practices across the sector. Before ISC, she was associated with the Indo US Science and Technology Forum(IUSSTF) as a Program Officer-JCERDC( Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center).A certified Project Management Professional, she has over eight years of experience on Project Management. She has comprehensive understanding of National and Bi-lateral programs and their
management methodologies. She is well conversant with costing, estimation, planning, and utilization of funds, funds mobilization, and Schedule & stakeholder management. Her experience includes management of an array of capacity building programs, Virtual R&D Networking Centres, maintaining substantive interaction among various stakeholders. She has a background in Environmental Science and IPR Management. She can be reached Vandana.email@example.com
Programme Management Consultant
Team Leader, Pakistan
As a Programme Management Consultant, Uma provides management and technical support to the regional section of the programme which includes the countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal, and overall regional knowledge sharing and learning. In Bangladesh, she has been involved in conducting the climate resilient value chain analysis of the cotton crop. Uma also provides research support to ACT’s learning initiatives.In the past, as a researcher, Uma carried out impact assessments and monitoring and evaluation, in the sectors of climate change, natural resource management, livelihoods, health and gender, for clients such as State Governments, UN Women, Oxfam, Save the Children and IKEA Foundation. She can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org
Arif Pervaiz is Team Leader for ACT Pakistan. He manages a team of five professionals based in OPM Islamabad, the Ministry of Climate Change, and the Provincial capital, Lahore.In the past, Arif has worked as a consultant on urban climate resilience, WASH, urban mobility, and environmental protection for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Government of Pakistan, and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) amongst others; as Development Specialist for USAID manging a large WASH project and coordinating disaster relief work; as City Director for Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) promoting climate change mitigation projects in Karachi; and Sr.Coordinator, Development and Policy for IUCN-Pakistan.Arif completed his B.A. in Political Science and History from Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) in 1992; M.Sc. in Management of NGO’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science(United Kingdom) in 1997; and M.Sc. in Environmental Management from National University of Singapore in 2002. He can be reached at email@example.com
Pallavi Prabhakar is a Project Analyst at Action on Climate Today (ACT). Her principal areas of work encompass contributions in work relating to climate resilient agricultural value chains, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management and data analysis. Pallavi is a recent graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is skilled in quantitative and qualitative analysis,regression methods, Stata and monitoring and evaluation approaches. Her Masters dissertation at LSE involved using a quasi-experimental difference-in-difference design to evaluate the impact of climate smart agriculture practices on agricultural productivity. She holds eight month consultancy experience at IPE Triple Line UK on Climate Change and Forest Governance issues and has also interned at NITI Aayog Government of India for a study on Direct Benefits Transfer Scheme in Fertilizer sector. Having an undergraduate background in economics, she has extensive knowledge on development economics issues and econometrics methods. She can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.As a Programme Management Consultant, Uma provides management and technical support to the regional section of the programme which includes the countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal, and overall regional knowledge sharing and Learnings. In Bangladesh, she has been involved in conducting the climate resilient value chain analysis of the cotton crop. Uma also provides research support to ACT’s Learnings initiatives.In the past, as a researcher, Uma carried out impact assessments and monitoring and evaluation, in the sectors of climate change, natural resource management, livelihoods, health and gender, for clients such as State Governments, UN Women, Oxfam, Save the Children and IKEA Foundation.She completed her post-graduation in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies from the Tata Institute
of Social Sciences, Mumbai and her graduation from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. She can be reached email@example.com.
Alok Rajan is a Governance Advisor working on the ACT program, providing advice on how to articulate and strengthen the approach to the governance challenges that the programme faces and to provide support on how to institutionalize key interventions, while also responding to changing demands from individual location teams.
Alok has previously worked for the World Bank Group for four years on various advisory assignments in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal; on issues pertaining to governance reform, business licensing reform, sector specific regulatory reform, regulatory enforcements and inspections, and investment policy.Prior to working with the World Bank Group, he worked with the Government of Rajasthan on skill development.He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University, an MBA in Finance from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, and a Master’s in Public Administration, from School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elisabeth Resch advises the program on climate finance and sustainability of public sector reform. She lead the production of ACT’s e Learnings platform www.financingresilientgrowth.org. She is a Consultant at Oxford Policy Management (OPM) specialising in climate change finance and governance. She is interested in how to mainstream climate change into public budgets and planning how mitigation and adaptation action can be financed. At OPM, she seeks to expand OPM’s work in the area of climate finance.Elisabeth has worked for years in development consulting and development finance amongst others for UNPD, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the World Bank. At the World Bank, she coordinated a series of studies on the competitiveness and resilience of the Argentine agriculture sector consulting with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and the private sector. As a Research Fellow at IADB, she advised on the design and implementation of technical assistance and a grant to fund
institutional capacity building at Haiti’s investment promotion agency. As an Associate in the Structured &
Corporate Finance team, she assessed the social and environmental development impact and prepared analysis of financial and economic returns of private-sector investments in Latin American and the Caribbean.Elisabeth has Master degrees in international relations and economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University and in international management from HEC Paris School of Management, as well as an undergraduate degree in international business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and
Technical Lead – Gender and Social Inclusion
Cristina Rumbaitis Del Rio
Regional Programme Manager
Public Financial Management Expert
Terry Roopnaraine is the Gender and Social Inclusion Technical Lead for the Action on Climate Today programme, and a Senior Consultant in the Social Development team at Oxford Policy Management. An inclusive approach to climate adaptation policy and programming is critical to ensuring that the disproportionate effects of climate change on women and other vulnerable groups are minimized; it is also vital to leverage the capabilities of all social groups to maximise resilience-building potential in climate policies. Dr. Roopnaraine is responsible for providing technical guidance and support to mainstreaming gender and social inclusion throughout ACT’s workstreams, as well as monitoring and reporting on progress of mainstreaming activities. Dr. Roopnaraine has particular technical expertise in gender and inclusion, climate and livelihoods, social protection, nutrition and agriculture, and social research methodologies. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in anthropology from Harvard University and a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Rupasree Roy is the Manager Operations on the ACT program, providing administrative support across the South Asian region. She has over 20 years of experience in handling Operations, Portfolio Management,External Relations and Social & Environmental Safeguards. Rupasree has previously worked for UNICEF,Asian Development Bank, UNWOMEN, Micronutrient Initiative and WBIDC. Prior to working with ADB she worked as ‘Officer on Special Duty’ to Hon’ble Speaker of the Indian Parliament. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Calcutta University and a diploma on Project, Program & Portfolio Management from IIM, Bangalore. She is an Indian Classical Dancer and is passionate about travel and photography. She is an avid follower of Space administration and loves painting. She can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org
Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio is the Regional Programme manager for Action on Climate Today, a £23 million UK AID supported climate change programme that seeks to mainstream climate change resilience into planning and budgeting at the national and sub-national level in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Afghanistan. She manages an implementation team of approximately 40 people across the programme locations.Dr. Rumbaitis del Rio previously worked at The Rockefeller Foundation in New York from 2007-2015. As a Senior Associate Director, Dr. Rumbaitis del Rio developed and managed initiatives regarding building resilience to climate change, water management, small scale fisheries, and preservation of ecosystems and the services they provide to humankind. She managed a grant portfolio of over $100 Million.Dr. Rumbaitis del Rio was a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. She has a
Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University and a Doctorate in Ecology from the University of Colorado. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Divya Sharma is a Senior Consultant and heads OPM’s Urban Planning and Policy portfolio. She is an urban policy and climate resilience expert with extensive experience on capacity building, policy and city strategy formulation on smart cities, climate and disaster resilience and pro-poor development. Her career spans more than 15 years where she has worked very closely with decision makers and practitioners in the Government, international research community and academia. Divya is an architect urban planner by way of her training and has a doctorate on urban climate adaptation.Under ACT, she is the Technical Lead for Action Plan for Climate Resilient Flood Management for 4 cities along the river Brahmaputra in the State of Assam, India. The project involved extensive background
analysis and consultation to develop background papers and developing different scenarios on urban development and climate change. She is also a Technical Lead for the project on Climate Risk Insurance in Smart city of Guwahati, Assam, India. The objective of this project is to estimate potential of Climate Risk Insurance for urban infrastructure that is being built under the national flagship SMART CITIES scheme of the Government of India. In Nepal, She is the Technical Lead for the project Development of Decision Support Tool for mainstreaming climate resilience into infrastructure design and implementation in cities. The project in close association with the Ministry of Urban Development develops a decision support system to support mainstreaming climate resilience parameters for urban infrastructure design and implementation. She can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shivaranjani is the Public Financial Management Expert with the ACT programme, supporting its climate finance and governance strategies to influence integration of climate change concerns into public policies and planning processes. She works in close coordination with sub-national and national governments across programme locations.
She was earlier with the Environment and Climate Change (EnCC) team at IFMR LEAD, Chennai from 2012 to 2017. As a Senior Researcher in the team, she led and co-designed policy evaluations and quantitative assessment exercises, qualitative input collation and dissemination planning. Her work ranged across State-level engagements on Climate Change Action Plans to develop financing strategies for their implementation, adaptation finance in the Indian Himalayan Region, implementation evaluation of the NAPCC Missions, and baseline evaluations of district-level environmental performance of Tamil Nadu & Kerala. Shivaranjani has a post-graduate degree in Economics from the Anna University, and a B.A in Economics from the University of Madras. She can be reached at email@example.com
India Programme Manager
Finance & Admin Assistant, Kerala
Rizwan Uz Zaman
Team Leader, Assam
Vidya Soundarajan manages the Indian operations of the ACT initiative, with a focus on six locations, namely Odisha, Assam, Maharashtra, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Kerala. The initiative supports the Government of India to strengthen the enabling environment for state-level action on adaptation through a set of interrelated focus areas and work streams.With over two decades of experience in the sector of Climate Change & Sustainable Development, Vidya has extensively worked with multiple stakeholders including Government and Private Sector, with core focus areas in Policy and Governance, International Development, Government Liaison and Program Management.Her past association was with British High Commission and World Wide Fund for Nature-India where she led various conservation programmes on key thematic issues and large landscapes, and acted as an adviser on policy and action on low carbon investments in India. She can be reached at
Prutha Vaze is the Technical Expert for state of Maharashtra as part of the Climate Change Innovation Programme of Action on Climate Today. She works closely with the Government of Maharashtra to support them integrate climate change concerns into its policies, programmes and budgets. Her achievements include organizing a sensitization programme on climate change for senior level legislative members from Maharashtra as part of their Assembly Session.Her past experience as a Research Associate with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) includes developing adaptation strategies to be included in the State Action Plan on Climate Change of Maharashtra. She has also worked on the Indo-Norwegian research and capacity development project,‘Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adaptation in India’.Prutha holds a Masters degree in International Cooperation Policy focussing on Environmental Policy and Administration from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. She can be reached at
Asha Verma is the Deputy Team Leader for Action on Climate Today Programme in Chhattisgarh state of India, where she is working with the line departments of the State Government in the implementation of Climate Change Innovation Programme and providing technical support to the Nodal Officer, Climate Change on the climate change related activities in the State.Previously, she has worked in the field of natural resource management and climate change with the grassroot organizations like Seva Mandir, Udaipur and Foundation for Ecological Security, Mandla; and
has completed short-term research projects with TISS-Mumbai, WWF-India and Oxfam-India on Community Forest Rights, Human Wildlife Conflict near protected areas and tribal livelihood in Chhattisgarh.She has a Master’s in Development (2013-15) from Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India with specialization in sustainability studies and has proficiency in Coastal livelihood, Development Policy and Governance networks, Ecological Justice issues in India and forest-based livelihood subjects. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jinu Victor is the Finance & Administrative Assistant for Kerala State Office of Action on Climate Today (ACT). He is accountable for all necessary office administrations as well as for all financial duties and logistical arrangements of the State office. Apart from this he is involved in digitising and documenting all administrative affairs of the office.Before joining ACT, Jinu has worked as administrative and accountant assistant for four years in a private firm handling office accounts and management. He holds a Master’s degree in commerce from University
of Kerala and a certification in Computerises Financial Accounting using Tally. He can be reached at
Rizwan Uz Zaman leads the programme in Assam with overall responsibility for managing implementation,integration and institutionalization of the programme initiatives in the government system, to support climate resilient growth and development in the state. Previously he has worked with different government departments like Niti Ayog formerly known as Planning Commission, Govt. of India; State governments; and non-government organizations like Development Alternatives besides several other national and International organizations. With over 15 years of experience in the field of Climate Change, Public Policy Planning, Forestry, Climate Resilient Agriculture, Integrated water management Networking, Campaigns,Sustainable Development Goal, Habitat process and housing technology, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), he has led on project evaluation, implementation, knowledge management, capacity building and liaising. He has completed his Masters in Geography and specialized in Natural Resource Management,Environment and Ecology and Physical Geography. Further he, joined Jamia Millia Islamia for PhD on Rural Urban Economies. He can be reached at Rizwan.Zaman@actiononclimate.today.
Technical Lead – Water & Climate Change
Vaideeswaran [Vaideesh] S. is an Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change Specialist with over 25 years of experience across South Asia, East & Central Asia and Africa. On climate change, he is knowledgeable about the science, technology, economics, policy, communication and community dimensions of this complex topic and their interlinkages. His expertise covers both low or zero carbon initiatives and in building climate resilience. Vaideesh is adept in dealing with planning, design,implementation and operational aspects of various climate-related initiatives. Further, Vaideesh has contributed to several multidisciplinary teams across different types of organisations that include Government and its agencies, private business sector, multilateral agencies (World Bank and Asian Development Bank), bilateral agencies (DFID-UK), non-Governmental organisations, educational &
research institutions and grassroots level community groups. Combining this experience with an educational background both in engineering and economics, he is able to bring a fresh, integrated and out-of-box perspective. Vaideesh is presently the Technical Lead on Water & Climate Change in the Action on Climate Today (ACT) team, and is the Managing Partner of the consulting firm, Ecoworks Associates. He can be reached at email@example.com