Vishwas is leading the Climate Resilience team at the Council, where his work focuses on assessing risks and building resilience. He has over 15 years of experience in developing and implementing digital solutions for climate change risk reduction and resilience building in various Asian countries. Before joining CEEW, he was leading the Artificial Intelligence program at the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in New Delhi, where he worked on ‘Artificial Intelligence for Climate Action’ in collaboration with NITI Aayog.
Vishwas previously worked at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal, for eight years. Here, he assessed the vulnerability of forest ecosystems to climate change and forest fire risk in Nepal, supported the formulation of National Adaptation Plans for Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar, and assisted with the springshed management program in India and Nepal. He was also a member of the NITI Aayog's working group on the ‘Indian Himalayan Region’, which focused on current gaps and challenges in ‘Data and information for informed decision making’.
Vishwas holds a PhD in ‘Assessing climate change impacts on biodiversity hotspots in India’ from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, and he has published more than 35 peer-reviewed articles, 10+ blogs and book chapters.
Octavia E. Butler