Speaker's Profile

Anand Sharma

Anand Sharma is the founding director of Meteorological Centre (IMD), Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand, India. He has 25 years of experience working with the India Meteorological Department in various parts of India. His wide-ranging responsibilities include providing correct and timely weather forecasts, advisories and warnings, devising innovative methods to issue warnings for forest fires and landslides, weather-based agro-advisory for farmers, and popularised meteorology amongst the masses, and sensitizing people about various environmental issues. 

Mr Sharma has served as a resource person for a UNDP project on disaster management for Uttarakhand and delivered lectures to various distinguished audiences on topics related to global warming, disaster management, research ethics, and technology for rural development, among others. He implemented the first ever U-PROBE project of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, under which 93 meteorological observatories were installed in government colleges. He has helped popularise the concept of tone alert hand winding FM radio to communicate weather warning. He has also appeared in three films on the Kedarnath disaster telecast by Discovery and National Geographic channel. 

He has an M.Phil. in Environmental Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and an M.Sc. in Agricultural Meteorology from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Has been trained in USA (UNDP/WMO Fellowship) and France in early warning systems and weather forecasting. He is also a visiting faculty member at Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun and Doon University.