I started my career with Wetlands International (then Asian Wetland Bureau) in Malaysia in 1991 where I coordinated the Asian Waterbird Census. I am a Senior Technical Officer focused on international action for conservation of waterbirds and other biodiversity and management/restoration of wetlands worldwide. I coordinate our International Waterbird Census and Waterbird Population Estimates programmes and work on several flyway related projects.
I developed and coordinated the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy, the largest international cooperation framework for migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the region. In late 2000s, I helped the UN FAO build a programme to strengthen the capacity of veterinarians and wildlife staff in wild bird disease monitoring (avian influenza) in Africa, Europe and Asia. In the last decade, I have served as Councillor for Asiatic Fauna to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Scientific Council and Chaired its Flyways Working Group that developed a global programme of work for all migratory birds and their habitats in all flyways worldwide.
My Master’s degree is in Microbiology from Pune University, India. I hold a PhD in waterbird ecology from Saurashtra University, India, where I made a switch to my real passion for birds and conservation of nature.