Who: Ravi Chellam
What: Appointed as Executive Director of Greenpeace India
When: 20 January 2016
Noted environmentalist Ravi Chellam on 20 January 2016 took charge as the Executive Director of Greenpeace India, a Non-Government Organisation (NGO).
Chellam succeeds former Executive Director Samit Aich, who had resigned in June 2015 following an internal review of the organisation’s handling of two sexual harassment cases.
About Ravi Chellam
• Chellam is a wildlife biologist and conservation scientist by training.
• He has undertaken governance roles in various conservation organisations.
• Prior to joining Greenpeace, he has worked with the Wildlife Institute of India and United Nations Development Programme.
• He has also worked with Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Wildlife Conservation Society (India Program) and Madras Crocodile Bank Trust.
Legal Battles faced by Greenpeace India
Greenpeace, which has been in India for 15 years, has been embroiled in legal battles with the Union Government led by Narendra Modi over its funding and local operations.
Earlier in 2015, the government suspended Greenpeace’s foreign funding licence and froze its domestic bank accounts for alleged rule violations.
However, the group later succeeded in removing those legal blocks. In the most recent case, the Madras high court in November 2015 temporarily halted a government order cancelling the group’s licence in the country, allowing it to continue operating.