Speaker's Profile

Dr Pushkin Phartiyal

Dr Pushkin Phartiyal, Executive Director of the Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA), leads developmental interventions on adaptation strategies and livelihood-based management of natural resources. His work focuses on strengthening environmental governance at the grassroots level. Dr Phartiyal has 16 years of experience working in the Indian Himalayas and other parts of the region. He was instrumental in launching the Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) to reduce isolation among the 12 mountain states and influence policy for the benefit of mountain people in India. 

Dr Phartiyal has worked extensively on adaptation to climate change, gathering experiential learning from pilot projects in different ecosystems, conducting training on integrating adaptation into development planning processes, and carrying out a study on scaling up adaptation strategies in India. 

He was thrice awarded the National Award for Excellence in Writing by the Government of India. He also received the 2012 Champion of Women's Economic Empowerment award from the International Alliance for Women, USA, and an award for grassroots innovation from the National Innovation Foundation. Under his leadership, CHEA received a Special Mention Medal of the French Republic Human Rights Award and was a finalist for the Indian NGO Award run by the Resource Alliance/Rockefeller Foundation. He has been awarded prestigious fellowships at various institutions such as LEAD, Ashoka, Synergos, UNEP’s Eco-Peace Leadership Centre, South Korea, and UNEP's Asia Pacific Leadership Programme, China.  

Dr Phartiyal has post-graduate degrees in Sociology and History, a PhD in History, and post graduate diplomas in Journalism & Mass Communication and Tourism. He has undertaken an Environmental Leadership course at the University of California, Berkeley and is currently a Commonwealth Professional Fellow in the United Kingdom.