Bengaluru: Noted environmentalist and social worker Dr. Biswajit Mohanty, became the first Odia to be appointed as the chairman of the executive committee of Greenpeace India, headquartered in Karnataka’s Bengaluru.
Mohanty, a professional chartered accountant was a member of the executive committee of the non-government organisation for the past 10 years. He also holds a Law degree along with a PhD in wildlife poaching.
Mohanty has been actively working for wildlife and environmental conservation since 1994. He also helped in arrest of the culprits who were behind the deaths of Olive Ridley turtles in the Odisha coast by coordinating in Operation Kachhapa launched in 1998.
Besides, Mohanty has won several awards for wildlife protection including Sanctuary Asia-ABN Amro Award 2011, Times Leadership Award, Ford Award, etc.
This apart, Mohanty is the Honorary Secretary of Wildlife Society of Odisha. He was also a member of governing body of Wildlife Institute of India for 2008-2014, member of Odisha State Audit Advisory Board and Director, Odisha Forest Development Corporation Ltd (OFDC). He also served on the National Board for Wildlife during 2007-2013 and was a Board member of Transparency International India during 2010-2013.
Notably, Greenpeace works on common global environment issues like climate change, oceans and air pollution control. In India promotion of renewable energy, control of air pollution and sustainable agriculture are its key campaigns.