Jagdeesh Rao

Executive Director, Foundation for Ecological Security

Jagdeesh Rao has been the Executive Director of Foundation for Ecological Security since its inception in 2001. A graduate in Agricultural Sciences, he completed his post graduation in Rural Management, followed with a post graduation in Forestry for Rural Development from the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences, Netherlands. He is a practitioner whose work has centered around the management of natural resources, commons in particular, around conservation of forests and water, political ecology, land use policies, dryland ecology and decentralised governance of natural resources. Mr. Rao received the 2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.