Dr. Vibha Dhawan
Dr Vibha Dhawan is the Director General of India’s premier
research institution - The Energy and Resources Institute
(TERI) and has been associated with TERI since 1985. Dr
Dhawan is actively involved in research as well as policy
development at the national and international levels. Dr
Dhawan is a well-published researcher and has been
instrumental in the establishment of the highly successful
Micropropagation Technology Park at TERI. In the area of
advanced biofuels, she guides the activities of the DBT-TERI
Centre on Integrated Production of Advanced Biofuels and Biocommodities.
She held several leadership positions such as being the Vice-Chancellor of TERI School of
Advanced Studies from 2005-2007. She is currently serving as Adjunct Professor, Consul
General of South Asia Partnership, Michigan State University. She is a Fellow of the National
Academy of Sciences, India. She is a task force member of a number of committees with entities
such as the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Biotechnology Industry Research
Assistance Council (BIRAC), and the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), among others.
She has served on the boards of prestigious organizations in India and overseas including
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Ambedkar University, Ayurvet Foundation and Centre for
Bioscience and Agriculture International (CABI). She has also successfully completed a
number of international assignments such as Coordinator for the Asia Pacific Consortium on
Agriculture Biotechnology (APCoAB); Advisor to Director General, The International Maize
and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT); and Deputy Director, Research Partnerships &
Co-ordination with the Borlaug Institute for South Asia. Her other contributions include
developing e-contents for the post-graduate programme in biotechnology for the University
Grants Commission. She was also an Advisor, Bioresources & Biotechnology, to the Late Tarun
Gogoi, the former Chief Minister of Assam.
She is the winner of Indian Women Achievers Sammaan 2017 by NRI Achievers; Women
Leadership Agriculture Award 2016 by the Indian Council of Food & Agriculture; First Biotech
Product and Process Development and Commercialization Award of the Department of
Biotechnology in 2000, the Kamal Kumari National Award for Science and Technology and the
first All India Biotech Association (AIBA) award in 1998.