Action Committee

Dr. Vibha Dhawan

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)


Director General of TERI, India
Dr. Vibha Dhawan
Dr. Vibha Dhawan

Dr. Vibha Dhawan

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)




  1. Ph.D. (Botany), University of Delhi, 1985
  2. M. Phil. (Botany), University of Delhi, 1982
  3. M. Sc. (Botany), University of Delhi, 1981
  4. B.Sc. (Botany), University of Delhi, 1979

Work Experience

Director General, TERIMarch, 2021 – till date
Distinguished Fellow and Senior Director, TERIDec. 2015 – Feb. 2021
Adjunct Faculty– TERI University  1999 – till date
Deputy Director – Research Partnerships &
Borlaug Institute for South Asia     
Sept. 2011 – Nov. 2015
Executive Director
(Planning and Coordination) TERI
April 2010 – Sept. 2011
Executive Director
(Advanced Biotechnology Development) TERI
July 2008 – March 2010
TERI University, New Delhi
(on deputation)
May 2005 – June 2008
Executive Director
(while on sabbatical)
January 2004 – April 2005
Director, Bioresources & Biotechnology DivisionApril 2001 – December 2004
Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences,
TERI University, New Delhi
July 2001–  April 2005
Senior FellowMarch 1997 – April 2005
Dean, Bioresources & Biotechnology DivisionJanuary 1996 – March 2001
Scientist In-charge, Tissue Culture Pilot Plant/
Micropropagation Technology Park
December 1993– April 2005
FellowMarch 1989 – March 1997
Research AssociateDecember 1985 – March 1989
Advisor, Bioresources & Biotechnology to the Chief Minister of Assam
January 2007 – May 2016
Adjunct Professor & Consul General for college
Of Agriculture and National Resources (CANR)-
South Asia Partnership (SAP),
Michigan State University, USA
July 2009 – till date
Non-Executive Director, CABI BoardNovember 2010 – September 2016
Member, CGIAR Independent Science &
Partnership Council
January 2011 – December 2013

Experience with International Organization

Consultant USAID for setting up of Tissue Culture Lab
in Afghanistan   
May 2016 – August 2016
Deputy Director – Research Partnerships &
Borlaug Institute for South Asia
Sept. 2011 – Nov. 2015
Coordinator, Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural              
Biotechnology (APCoAB),  an initiative of APAARI 
(Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research
Institutions, FAO, Bangkok)             
May 2004 – April 2005

World Bank: Appointed as Consultant to do a report on Biosafety Regulations in India in 2005
CGIAR CAS-IP – Appointed as Consultant in 2008 for “Strategies study on stewardship and liability in the context of IPR” along with Dr Rebecca Bratspies and Prof. Michael Blakeney.


Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India


a. First All India Biotech Association (AIBA) award for 1998. The award is given by All India Biotech Association to the best individual scientist for the year in the area of plant tissue culture.
b. Kamal Kumari National Award for Science and Technology for the year 1998. The award is given by Kamal Kumari Foundation for outstanding contribution to science and technology.
c. First Biotech Product and Process Development and Commercialization Award of the Department of Biotechnology for the year 2000. The award is presented for the development of new technology and commercialization with intense research efforts.
d. Women Leadership Agriculture Award 2016 by Agriculture Today.  This award is given for showing exemplary leadership for agricultural research and extension.
e. Indian Women Achievers Sammaan 2017, Bahrain by NRI Achievers

Message from TERI

With an aim to achieve carbon neutrality, RD20 (Research and Development 20), the international framework was launched in 2019 by National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. This framework aims at development of clean energy technologies including Green Hydrogen. Since the inception of this framework, RD20 international conferences are being organized annually to provide common forum the research leaders from G20 countries. Through this global platform, the G20 research leaders exchange their idea, knowledge and identify potential collaboration opportunities to address the underlying challenges through joint research explorations, knowledge exchange.

TERI is associated with this RD 20 framework since 2019 as RD20 member from India and has been contributing in following domains, Green hydrogen, Renewable energy, Sustainable Biofuels and Life Cycle Analysis through Knowledge exchange of R&D activities, presentation of research leads, sharing best practices.

Through this RD20 platform, TERI is actively looking forward to extend collaboration with all the RD20 member institutes including other institutes from G20 countries in various domain; Sustainable infrstructure, Green Hydrogen, Biofuel and decarbonizing industries, Green shipping through joint discussion/interaction.