Speakers

Hem Pandey
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India

Mr Hem Pande is a 1982 batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer, presently working as the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India (GoI). Prior to present portfolio, he worked as Joint Secretary in MoE F and handled Biodiversity, Bio-safety, International Cooperation, Global Environment Facility and Animal Welfare issues. As National Focal Point to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Mr Hem Pande was responsible for successful hosting of the Eleventh Conference of Parties to the CBD during October, 2012 at Hyderabad, India. Mr Pandehas worked with distinction at important and coveted position in the State Government of West Bengal, namely, Under Secretary to the Government, the only post of its kind in the entire State. He has also worked as Additional District Magistrate (ADM) in Darjeeling at a time when agitation for a separate State was at its peak and then first Chief Executive Officer of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council. He was the Collector and District Magistrate of two districts of West Bengal, namely, Nadia (population 4 million then) and Midnapore (undivided and 8.5 million people then). He served as Director and then as Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Mines. He has also served on the Board of BALCO (post disinvestment) and was the Member Secretary of the Varma Committee that took up the restructuring of Geological Survey of India (GSI). As Advisor (Industry) to the Government of West Bengal between 2005 and 2007, he was closely associated with plan and projects of the State including those involving fiscal policies, bilateral/ multilateral funding with concerned Ministry in the Union Government. He is post graduate in Botany (M.Sc.) with specialization in ecology and Business Administration (MBA)