Environment Unit Staff


Choudhury Rudra Charan Mohanty
Environment Programme Coordinator/Expert



Choudhury Rudra Chran Mohanty is currently leading the global networking for EST, 3R, and IPLA projects as an Environment Programme Coordinator/Expert. Prior to joining UNCRD in April 2003, he worked in the United Nations Environment Programme/Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/RRC. AP), Thailand, for ten years (1993-2003) as a Senior Programme Officer/Head of Environment Assessment and Reporting. He also worked as an engineer in the area of land and water resources development for the Command Area Development Authority/Ministry of Water Resources in the State Government of Orissa, India (1988-1991). He obtained his bachelor's degree (Hons) in Agricultural Engineering and Technology from the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India, and master's degree in Water Engineering and Management from the School of Civil Engineering/Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.
E-mail: mohantyc[at]uncrd.or.jp
Ganesh Raj Joshi
Researcher (EST)


Ganesh Raj Joshi joined UNCRD in May 2012 as a EST Researcher. Prior to this, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Natural Environment, University of the Ryukyus, Japan and actively involved in research in the field of earth and environment sciences. He has published numerous articles in peer-review journals in areas of environment, disaster and earth sciences. From 2001 to 2005, he was based in Nepal and worked as a Lecturer in the various colleges including Tri-Chandra Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He holds a Master's degree in Geology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He also earned his second Master's degree in Physics and Earth Sciences and Ph.D. in Marine and Environment Science from University of the Ryukyus, Japan.
E-mail: joshi[at]uncrd.or.jp
Anupam Khajuria
Researcher (3R/IPLA)


Anupam Khajuria joined UNCRD in August 2014 as a 3R Researcher. Prior to this position, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow (2012-2014) at the Department of Civil Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT), Tokyo, Japan, where she was involved in research in the field of groundwater engineering and global hydrological cycle. She has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of environmental science, particularly, in the field of waste and water engineering. She worked as a Research Associate (2011-2012) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India, where she did research in the areas of applications of vulnerability profile development in agriculture under climate change. She learned Geographic Information System (GIS) software to draw and analyze the land surface area during the Guest Researcher position in Department of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering at Osaka University, Japan. While completing PhD, she worked as a Research Assistant in Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) - Kansai Research Centre, Kobe, Japan. She obtained her Master degree (2005) in Environmental Science (Honors) from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India, and obtained her Ph.D. in the year 2010 from the Department of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering, Osaka University, Japan.
E-mail: khajuria[at]uncrd.or.jp
Kikuko Sakai
Researcher (State of 3R)


Kikuko Sakai joined UNCRD in November 2016 as a 3R Researcher. Prior to this position, she worked as Expert of the Japan International Cooperation Agency in the areas of fisheries development, rural livelihood improvement, education and vocational training through technical cooperation in Asian, Pacific, African and Caribbean countries from April 2004 to May 2016. She also promoted an international academic collaboration program, Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development, in the fields of environment, bio-resources, infectious disease control and natural disaster prevention as Senior Program Coordinator, in charge of African and European Regions, at the Paris Office, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, from September 2011 to March 2013. Moreover, she made great contribution to capacity building through vocational education for 10 years from 1994 as the first female teacher qualified for fisheries education in the history of the Misaki-Suisan high school, a public vocational high school in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Science, specialized in development studies from the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT), Japan, and her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Fisheries Science, specialized in food science and technology from Tokyo University of Fisheries (merged into TUMSAT in 2008).
E-mail: sakaik[at]uncrd.or.jp
Caixia Mao
Operations Assistant



Caixia Mao joined UNCRD in July 2015 as an Operations Assistant in Environment Unit. Prior to joining UNCRD, she worked as a market researcher and journalist for environmental friendly technology (natural refrigerant technology) at a startup company in Brussels, Belgium. In 2014, she worked at UNDP Beijing office and she was involved in domestic governance and social innovation projects at Poverty, Equity and Governance team. She completed Bachelor in International Liberal Arts (2008-2011) at Waseda University in Japan, and obtained a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies (2011-2013) from University of Oxford in the U.K.
E-mail: maoc[at]uncrd.or.jp
Zakya Naseri
Operations Assistant



Zakya Naseri joined the Environment Unit of UNCRD as an Operations Assistant in August 2016. Prior to this position, she worked as a Program Officer from 2010 to 2013 at Embassy of Japan, Kabul, Afghanistan. Her main task was to work with the Economic Cooperation Section Team of Embassy for coordinating and implementing various national and local programs under Government of Japan assistance to Afghanistan. She also worked for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a Program officer in the area of women economic empowerment programs and Administrative Clerk for UNDP and International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC) from 2004 to 2008 at Afghanistan. She graduated in Computer Science and Engineering from EWHA Womans University and Vision University College of Jeonju, South Korea (2013-2015).
E-mail: naseriz[at]uncrd.or.jp
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