Prasad Modak obtained BTech (Civil Engg-1978) and MTech (Environmental Science and
Engg-1980) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. He received Doctor
of Environmental Engg from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand in 1984.
Dr Modak joined Centre for Environmental Science and Engg at IIT Bombay as a faculty
in 1984. Dr Modak left IIT Bombay in 1995 to set up Environmental Management Centre
Since 1996, Dr Modak functions as a Corporate Consultant (Environment & Infrastructure)
with Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Ltd. In this capacity
he provides oversight on IL&FS's Environmental & Social Policy Framework. Dr Modak
is an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Technology Alternatives in Rural Areas
at IIT, Bombay since 2009.
Dr Modak has worked with almost all key UN, multi-lateral and bi-lateral developmental
institutions in the world. Prominent amongst these are United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP), Geneva, Osaka and Paris; United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP), New York, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), New York;
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna; Dept for International
Development (DFID); London; Deutsche Gesellschaft for Technische Zusammenarbeit
(GTZ) and Carl Duisburg Gesellschaft (CDG), Germany; Asian Productivity Organization
(APO), Tokyo; Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Embassy of the Netherlands,
New Delhi; Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the World Bank (WB), International
Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Apart from Government of India and various State Governments, Dr Modak's advice
is sought by Governments of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Mauritius, Thailand and
Dr Modak has been invited by several international agencies, public bodies, professional
journals and Governments to serve as a Jury and a Reviewer. He has authored and
executed more than 300 consulting reports and trained more than 5000 professionals
across the World.
Dr Modak has published books with UN University on EIA (translations in Chinese,
Japanese), Tokyo; Oxford University Press; UNEP, Paris on Textile Industry and Environment
and Centre for Environmental Education in India on Waste Minimization. In 1993,
he coordinated learning materials on Air Pollution for UNESCO. For UNEP, Geneva
he served as Coordinating Author for the Chapter on Waste Management & Recycling
in the Green Economy Report. He was instrumental in developing International Platform
for Waste Management for Local Authorities (IPLA) for UNCRD. He served as Hon Editor
of the Journal of Indian Water Works between 1998 and 2004.
Dr Modak is a Council Member of International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN), Columnist
for Green Purchasing Asia magazine that is published from Malaysia and Chairs Green
Purchasing Network India.
Dr Modak has worked on a number of assignments concerning institutional assessment
and capacity building in the field of environmental management. His blend of experience
with academic and research institutions, private sector and financing institutions,
bi-lateral and multilateral development agencies as well as Governments has provided
him an advantage to take a rounded approach.
Dr Modak has received a number of awards and recognitions and his name has been
listed in distinguished personalities on environmental management. He has been recipient
of the Distinguished Alumni Award of AITAA in 2010 for Significant Contribution
to International Affairs. In 2011, Dr Modak was elected by American Association
of Environmental Engineers as Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member for
his work in Research, Teaching and Professional Practice.
Music, education, travelling and environmental movements are some of Dr Modak's
passions in life.
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