Swapnil Chaudhari joined ICIMOD’s Kailash Sacred Transboundary Conservation and Development Initiative as a Programme Officer in June 2015. He has been associated with ICIMOD since April 2014 when he worked for the Transboundary Landscape Programme as a geospatial leader. As a Programme Officer his current role is to coordinate the initiative’s progress, identify gaps, and lead the monitoring and evaluation element of the initiative. Before joining ICIMOD, he was involved in various global and national projects related to biodiversity conservation, ecosystem assessment, climate change adaptation, and ecological restoration with eminent institutions such as the United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Cambridge; the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Delhi, India; the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur; and the Centre for Development in Advanced Computing (C-DAC), India.
In 2013, he pursued an MPhil in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge with the prestigious Ravi Sankaran Inlaks Fellowship. During his MPhil he worked with BirdLife International on developing a business strategy for a Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Assessment at Site Scale (TESSA). He holds an MSc (2008) in Ecology from Salim Ali School of Ecology, Pondicherry University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Natural Resource Management and Ecological Restoration from the Ecological Society, Pune, India. He has been engaged in extensive field expeditions covering different ecosystems of India.