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Dr. Prasad Modak

posted Aug 12, 2014, 11:29 PM by Advancement Alumni Affairs Office   [ updated Aug 14, 2014, 9:30 PM ]
Prasad Modak obtained BTech (Civil Engg-1978) and MTech (Environmental Science and Engg-1980) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. He received Doctor of Environmental Engg from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand in 1984.

Dr Modak was Professor at Centre for Environmental Science and Engg at IIT Bombay between 1984-1995. In 1996, he left IIT and established Environmental Management Centre (EMC), a strategic consulting company in environmental management. EMC (see www.emcentre.com) provides services in the area of sustainability to a wide variety of clients both in India and overseas has several “firsts” to its credit.

Currently, Dr Modak is back again with his alma matter as Professor (Adjunct) at Centre for Technology Alternatives in Rural Areas (CTARA)
Dr Modak functioned as a Corporate Consultant (Environment & Infrastructure) to Infrastructure Leasing & Financing Ltd (IL&FS) Ltd. India’s premier non-banking institution set up for promoting Public Private Partnership (PPP). In this capacity he provided oversight on IL&FS's Environmental & Social Policy Framework and guided its implementation in IL&FS Group of Companies. He is currently Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at IL&FS and Dean of IL&FS Academy for Applied Development.

Dr Modak has worked with almost all key UN, multi-lateral and bi-lateral developmental institutions in the world. Prominent amongst these are United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Geneva, Osaka and Paris; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), New York; United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna; Dept for International Development (DFID); London; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ); Asian Productivity Organization (APO), Tokyo; Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Embassy of the Netherlands, New Delhi; Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the World Bank (WB), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Apart from Government of India and various State Governments, Dr Modak’s advice is sought by Governments of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Mauritius, Thailand and Vietnam.
Dr Modak has been invited by several international agencies, public bodies, professional journals and Governments to serve as a Jury and a Reviewer. He has authored and executed more than 400 consulting reports and trained more than 6000 professionals across the World.

Dr Modak has published books with UN University on EIA (translations in Chinese, Japanese), Tokyo; Oxford University Press; UNEP, Paris on Textile Industry and Environment and Centre for Environmental Education in India on Waste Minimization. Dr Modak authored a Chapter on Waste Management & Recycling in the Green Economy Report of UNEP. He was also instrumental in developing International Platform for Waste Management for Local Authorities (IPLA) for UNCRD. He served as Hon Editor of the Journal of Indian Water Works Association between 1998 and 2004. He was a Columnist for Green Prospects Asia magazine that was published from Malaysia between 2011-2013.

Dr Modak is a Council Member of International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN), and Chairs Green Purchasing Network of India (see www.gpnindia.org) .
Dr Modak has worked on a number of assignments concerning institutional assessment and capacity building in the field of environmental management. His blend of experience with
academic and research institutions, private sector and financing institutions, bi-lateral and multilateral development agencies as well as Governments has provided him an advantage to take a rounded approach.

Dr Modak has received a number of awards and recognitions and his name has been listed in distinguished personalities on environmental management. He has been recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of AITAA in 2010 for Significant Contribution to International Affairs. In 2011, Dr Modak was elected by American Association of Environmental Engineers as Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member for his work in Research, Teaching and Professional Practice.
In order to further awareness, training and capacity building in the sustainability arena, Dr Modak established Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation, a not for profit Section 25 company in 2012 (see www.ekonnect.net) . Music, education, travelling and environmental movements are some of Dr Modak’s passions in life.
Visit www.linkedin.com/in/prasadmodak for Dr Modak's detailed profile.