Dr Asad Rahmani

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Member, Governing Body, Wetlands International South Asia

Dr Asad R. Rahmani is a member of Governing Body of Wetlands International South Asia.

Dr Rahmani was the Director of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) for 18 years from 1997 to 2015 till his retirement. Before that he was Chairman, Department of Wildlife Sciences for six years. He worked as Senior Scientist in BNHS from 1980 to 1992 and then joined AMU for six years where he was Chairman, Department of Wildlife Sciences. After retirement, he was Senior Scientific Adviser to BNHS from August 2015 to July 2017. Presently he is Scientific Consultant to The Corbett Foundation and Hem Chandra Mahindra Trust. He is also consultant to Saevus magazine and RoundGlass portal. He was in various MoEF committees for 18 years till he retired.

Dr Rahmani has published 26 books, nearly 170 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 80 book reviews, nearly 65 editorials, and more than 300 popular articles on nature conservation. He was Global Council member of BirdLife International, UK (2006-2013), and Chairman, BirdLife Asia Council (2006-2013). Dr Rahmani was the Executive Editor of Journal of BNHS, and was Editor of Hornbill, Mistnet and Buceros, popular magazines of BNHS.

Dr Rahmani’s main interest is in grassland and wetland birds, and to highlight the plight of lesser known species and habitats. He has executed nearly 35 major and numerous minor projects of BNHS in a career spanning 40 years.  He has also guided 11 students for PhD. He has been awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Vasundhara, Pune, and Nature Mates, Kolkata and Member of Honour by BirdLife International, UK. He has travelled all over India many times, and to nearly 45 countries. His hobbies are reading, writing, teaching and traveling. His other interest are women’s total empowerment and their freedom, and girl child education.