Ashok Khosla

Development Alternatives

Dr. Ashok Khosla is the President of Development Alternatives and the Chairman and CEO of Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA). Previously, he set up and headed the Office of Environmental Planning and Coordination within the Government of India, and was Director of INFOTERRA in the United Nations Environment Programme.

Dr. Khosla was Special Advisor to the Brundtland Commission, and served as advisor to the United Nations, World Bank, GEF, and various other inter-governmental and government agencies. He was also advisor to the MacArthur Foundation, IDRC, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and other independent international bodies.

Dr. Khosla has served on the boards of several international agencies, including the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), EXPO 2000, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Alliance for a New Humanity, the Earth Council, and the Centre for Our Common Future. He was Chairman of the ’92 Global Forum, the NGO component of the Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro, and was Co-founder of the Factor 10 Club. In addition he is a member of the National Security Advisory Board, the Science Advisory Council to the Cabinet, and the National Environment Council of the Government of India.

Ashok Khosla graduated from Cambridge University and received his doctorate in Experimental Physics from Harvard University.