Scientific Steering Committee

Tong Zhu (Chair)  

With a doctorate degree from the University of Wuppertal in Germany (1991), Dr. Tong Zhu is a Cheung Kong Chair Professor and Dean of Environmental Sciences at Peking University (China). He is a leading scientist in atmospheric pollution study and has been advising the Chinese government on controlling air pollution in the event of major international activities in China, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He served as a co-chair of the scientific steering committee of International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) and now serves as Chair of Scientific Steering Committee of Monsoon Asia Integrated Research for Sustainability—Future Earth (MAIRS-FE) as well as chair of the Expert Panel of the National Natural Science Foundation of China’s Major Research Program, ‘Fundamental researches on the formation and response mechanism of air pollution complex in China’. His research is focused on air pollution related chemical reactions, health effects of environmental pollution, megacity and regional air pollution control, and the air surface exchange and global biogeochemistry. 

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SK Satheesh (Co-vice-chair)

Dr. Sreedharan Krishnakumari Satheesh is an Indian meteorologist and a professor at the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). He holds the chair of the Divecha Centre for Climate Change, a centre under the umbrella of the IISc for researches on climate variability, climate change and their impact on the environment. He is known for his studies on atmospheric aerosols and is an elected fellow of all the three major Indian science academies viz. Indian Academy of Sciences Indian National Science Academy and the National Academy of Sciences, India as well as The World Academy of Sciences.  The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the apex agency of the Government of India for scientific research, awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, one of the highest Indian science awards for his contributions to Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences in 2009. He received the TWAS Prize of The World Academy of Sciences in 2011. Dr. Satheesh was elected as co-vice-chair of MAIRS-FE in 2018.

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Jiaguo Qi (Co-vice-chair) 

Dr. Jiaguo Qi is Director of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, and Professor at Michigan State University’s Department of Geography. Dr. Qi has a broad interest in global change with a focus on complex interactions among land, water, climate and society using process-based models, geospatial technologies, and in-situ and remote observations. As director, Dr. Qi has led the Center for Global Change & Earth Observations in several large-scale research efforts to assess the impacts of climate change and human activities on ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration, food production, and water resources.  Dr. Qi is leading a major effort to establish an Asia Hub initiative in China to promote innovative international partnerships and collaboration with institutions in China, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. Dr. Qi serves in numerous international programs and was elected as co-vice-chair of MAIRS-FE in 2018.

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Candice Lung

Candice Lung is Director of International Affairs at Center for Sustainability Science, Academia Sinica and a Research Fellow at Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica. She is also an adjunct Professor at National Taiwan University, teaching courses in both Department of Atmospheric Sciences and Institute of Environmental Health. With academic training in both atmospheric science and public health, her research interest is in the field of environmental health sciences, investigating environmental mechanisms, pathways, and factors affecting public health.  In addition, she have first-hand experiences in the interface of scientific community, policy makers, industry, local residents and non-governmental organization (NGO) when she served as a member of Environmental Impact Assessment Committee of Taiwan EPA for 4 years. Furthermore, she has involved in International Council for Science (ICSU) activities. She was a member of the SSC of IGAC for 6 years and was invited to serve on SSC of MAIRS-FE in 2018. She is currently a member of Regional Advisory Committee of Future Earth Regional Center in Asia, heavily engaging in international scientific activities. 

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Aditi Mukherji 

Dr. Aditi Mukherji currently leads the Water and Air Theme of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal. She has over 18 years of experience working on policies and institutions of water resources management with a special focus on water-energy-food nexus. She has worked in South Asia, Nile basin and in Central Asia and is currently working in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. In 2012, she was awarded the Inaugural Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation and given by the World Food Prize Foundation, USA. She has served as a Permanent Consultative Committee member of GEF-FAO’s Groundwater Governance project hosted by FAO at Rome. She is a Member of Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Water set up by International Union for Forest Research Organization, Vienna and contributed to a comprehensive assessment report of Water and Forests.  She is currently a part of the 6th Assessment Report team of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and will contribute as a Coordinating Lead Author of the Water Chapter in the Working Group II on Adaptation and Vulnerability and as a Review Editor of the High Mountains Chapter of Special Report on Cryosphere and Oceans in a Changing Climate. Dr. Mukherji was invited to serve on SSC of MAIRS-FE in 2018.

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Charlie Navanugraha

Dr. Charlie Navanugraha is the Director of Nakhon Phanom University's Research and Development Institute, Thailand. He has research specialty on environment and climate change strategies and focused on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus study in Southeast Asia. He serves as a project scientist for NASA’s Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) program in Southeast Asia, and his research aims to optimize water resources to produce the food needed and the electric powers to support the regional economic development while protecting the environment and ecosystems. Dr. Charlie was invited to serve on SSC of MAIRS-FE in 2018.

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Rodel Lasco

Dr. Rodel D. Lasco has more than 35 years of experience in natural resources and environmental research, conservation, education and development at the national and international level. His work has focused on issues related to natural resources conservation, climate change and land degradation. Since 1999, he has been a lead author of several assessment reports of the IPCC, the 2007 co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in the Philippines. He is a senior scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) since April 2004, a center devoted to promoting “tree on farms”. Concurrently, he is the Scientific Director of the Oscar M Lopez Center, a private foundation whose mission is to promote research on climate adaptation and disasters risk reduction. He is an affiliate professor at the University of the Philippines at Los Banos. Dr. Lasco has been served as SSC member of MAIRS-FE and leads the working area related to nature disaster.

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Balt Suvdantsetseg

Dr. Balt Suvdantsetseg is a senior officer of International project and programm, department of international cooperation, head office of Mongolian Academy of Sciences, and assistant professor at Nano satellite development laboratory, school of Science and Art, National University of Mongolia. She has research specialty on remote sensing & GIS, nano satellite development environmental and ecotourism management planning, climate change adaptation, sustainable development, and environmental policy research. Dr. Suvdantsetseg served as member of master dissertation defense committee of department of Physics at National University of Mongolia, board member of two NGOs—the Sustainable Development Institute for Western Region of Mongolia and the Ecotourism Research and Education Center. Dr. Suvdantsetseg was invited to serve on SSC of MAIRS-FE in 2018.

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Fredolin Tangang

Prof. Tangang is a professor in Climatology and Physical Oceanography at the School of Environmental and Natural Resources, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He was the founding Head of the UKM Research Centre for Tropical Climate Change System (IKLIM). He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Currently, Prof. Tangang also serves as one of the Vice-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I and IPCC Bureau member, representing Malaysia and countries in the Southwest Pacific region. He is the first Malaysian to be elected to the IPCC. Prof. Tangang obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1997 where he conducted a research and developed a model to forecast the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). For the last 18 years or so he has been focusing his research on understanding climate variability and change in Malaysia and in the Maritime Continent region and also in atmospheric and ocean modeling. In recognition of his scientific contribution, Prof. Tangang was awarded the START Young Scientist Award in 2002. Prof. Tangang was also invited to serve as SSC member of MAIRS-FE and leads the working area related to climate change modeling.

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Bertand Timbal

Dr. Bertand Timbal is the Head of Climatology, Climate Modelling and Prediction Lab in Centre for Climate Research, National Environment Agency of Singapore. He has worked in climate change research area since the early 1990s, he completed his PhD at the French Weather Bureau in 1994 and relocated to Australia in 1996. He led the climate diagnostics team as research scientist within the Climate Processes and Impacts (CPI) Program in the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR) a joint partnership between the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO.  He has been involved as theme leader during the Southeastern Australia Climate Initiative (SEACI) and now is a project leader in the Victoria Climate Initiative (VicCI). Dr. Timbal is the cluster leader for the Murray Basin cluster as part of the 2014 release of national projections for NRM planning. Dr. Timbal was invited to serve on SSC of MAIRS-FE in 2018.

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