Eklabya Sharma, Director Programme Operations at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). He joined ICIMOD in 2001 and has served as Programme Manager of Farming Systems, Natural Resources Management, and Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services. Between 1989 and 2001, he established the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development in Sikkim, an autonomous regional research centre of the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Government of India, as the founder Scientist In-Charge. He has received many national and international awards including the Young Scientist Award of the Indian National Science Academy in 1988; Eminent Scientist Award from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India in 1995; and Honorable Mention Paper Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society, USA in 1999. He has more than 160 publications to his credit, including 18 books, with the majority published in peer-reviewed international journals. He was the Chief Editor of the Journal of Hill Research published in Sikkim from 1992 to 1996 and was the Regional Editor for Asia of Mountain Research and Development between 2002 and 2010, and now serves on the international editorial board of this journal. Mr. Sharma has a PhD in ecology from Banaras Hindu University, India, where he started his career in 1985 as a postdoctoral fellow.