Biography

I link climate science (short-term weather, seasonal and multi-decadal climate change scales) with food systems analysis to support decision making processes from farmer to policy levels so as to achieve sustainable development outcomes. To achieve these outcomes, I synthesise a combination of spatial modelling, statistical analysis of climate-related data, whole-farm bio-economic modelling, value chain analysis and participatory engagement tools. I embed hard science within social processes to achieve lasting change. I have lived and worked in both developing and developed countries and understand agriculture livelihoods and food system dynamics and impacts of climate change in both these contexts. Having worked and lived in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, UK, France, the Netherlands and Australia has helped me to develop collaborative working experience with people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds.

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    GRDC Mapping frost risk in broadcare farming

  • Thematic Lead
    ACIAR SIAGI Bioeconomic modelling

  • Project Leader
    Climatic/cropping margins - Africa project

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    PhD
    Wageningen University / ITC, the Netherlands

  • 1993

    M.Phil
    Cambridge University, UK

  • 1991

    M.Sc
    Osmania University, India

  • 1989

    BSc(Hons)
    Osmania University, India

Achievements and Awards

  • 2017-2017

    CSIRO Ag&Food Director's Award for Impact
    CSIRO

  • 2014-2014

    Theo Murphy High Flyer Think Tank
    Australian Academy of Science

  • 2014-2014

    CSIRO Agriculture Flagship Award for Impact
    CSIRO

  • 2013-2013

    CSIRO Ethics Award
    CSIRO

  • 2008-2008

    CSIRO Divisional Award
    CSIRO

  • 2005-2007

    European Marie Curie Fellowship
    European Union

  • 2001-2004

    Netherlands Fellowship
    Netherlands Govt

  • 2004-2004

    United Nations University scholarship
    UNO

  • 1992-1993

    Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar
    Cambridge University

  • 1984-1989

    National Merit Scholar
    Indian HR Ministry