Dr Dhrupad Choudhury, an Indian national, joined ICIMOD in March 2006 as Programme Coordinator of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Technical Assistance Grant Programme. Dr Choudhury has a PhD in Ecology from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, where he was an INLAKs scholar. Prior to joining ICIMOD, he was with the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment Development from 1991 to 2006 as Scientist In-charge of the North East Unit. Dr Choudhury also served as Chief Natural Resource Management Adviser, North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project for Upland Areas (NERCORMP), a joint project of IFAD and the Government of India. He has worked among ethnic communities in North East India on issues of livelihood security and has a special interest in traditional practices in natural resource management, access and control regimes, and livelihoods. During his tenure with the IFAD Project in North East India, Dr Choudhury pioneered work in 'Participatory 3-Dimensional Modelling' in the context of 'Perspective Landuse Planning for Managing Shifting Cultivation', an innovative approach pioneered in the West Garo Hills of Meghalaya, India, in collaboration with ICIMOD.