Dr Nishikant Gupta joined ICIMOD in May 2016 as a research synthesis specialist (SSA) with HICAP under the livelihoods theme. He holds an MPhil and a PhD from King’s College London, where his interdisciplinary research focused on investigating strategies for protecting and conserving the Indian Himalayan rivers. His research has been published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals and presented at various international conferences. Based on his river conservation work across India, he has been selected as a ‘leader of tomorrow’ twice by the St Gallen Symposium, Switzerland.
Additionally, he has worked with the Thames and Ganges Twinning Project as a biodiversity surveyor. He has also served as a project scientist under the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem, India, where he led the thematic groups for aquatic and human ecology. Gupta has a deep-rooted interest in freshwater species, in particular the threatened Mahseer fish, and an ever-growing curiosity on avian biology, community-based conservation initiatives, recreational angling, flagship species, the role of religion in the conservation of species, and protected areas.