Lakshmi Raghupathy

Dr Lakshmi Raghupathy is Former Director Ministry of Environment & Forests GOI  New Delhi and is presently a Visiting Faculty in TERI School of Advanced Sciences (Formerly TERI University) teaching Solid Waste Management, Waste Utilization and Industrial Ecology. She is involved in Guiding Research for Doctoral and Post Graduate students in TERI University & Amity University.  She works as an Advisor & Consultant, in the areas of Environment & Waste Management for a number of organizations

Dr Lakshmi Raghupathy holds a PhD from B.I.T.S. Pilani India on studies on the environmental exposures in zinc and copper mining and metallurgical industries. Her specializations include Health Impact due to Environmental exposures and Waste Management and has over 30 years experience in the area of waste utilization for resource recovery and waste to energy and environmentally sound recycling. She is also a Resource person in the Swatch Bharat Mission Exposure Workshops.

Worked in the Ministry of Environment and Forests for 20+ years in various capacities, handled hazardous chemicals, wastes management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Pollution Prevention and Conservation of Biodiversity. Handled international programmes funded by World Bank, UNEP, UNDP, DANIDA etc. Prior to joining MoEF was in the Bhopal Gas Commission on the Effects of Bhopal Gas Leakage under Cabinet Secretariat.

Represented India in the UNEP-Basel Convention negotiations and was the Chair and Vice Chairperson of the Technical Working Group (TWG) for several years and also as technical expert and consultant in preparation of Technical Guidelines. Member of Mobile Phone Partnership Program (MP3 Program)

Teaching and Research in the areas of Environmental Sciences have been my passion. Guided post graduate and doctoral Thesis and presented and published scientific, technical and policy papers on various topics on environment. Over 60 technical papers and articles have been published in both international and national Journals. A number of policy papers and Country Reports were presented.

Widely travelled in India and abroad and attended a number of international and national meetings, Seminars and Conferences etc. both in the individual capacity as well as government representative.

International Awards

  • Received Award for outstanding contribution in the area of E-waste in India - International Electronics Conference & Expo (IERC), San Francisco, USA, May 2010.
  • Received ‘Roy F. Weston Award’ Widener University, The Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management in recognition of my contributions in the field of solid waste technology and management. The award was instituted during the Twenty-Eighth International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Philadelphia, USA, 10-13 March 2013.


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