Sujatha Byravan

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Sujatha Byravan has several years of experience in the broad area of sustainable development, which is bolstered by her technical background and education in biological sciences. Her PhD and Postdoctoral work in the US were followed by a 2-year training fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in leadership and environment and development, work experience in India, and a leadership position as main architect and Fellows Program Director (New York and London) in an international environment and development organization. She was later President of a US-based non-profit working on the social and ethical impacts of biotechnology, including research, advocacy, social justice and education. Over the past several years she has been involved with research, analysis and evaluation of climate change policy including adaptation. Her work and interests lie in climate change, sustainable development, biotechnology policy, health, agriculture, innovation and science and technology for development, 'climate refugees', biotechnology policy, innovation, and science for sustainable development.

Between 2002 and 2007, she was Executive Director and President of the Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG),[1] a non-profit/non-governmental organization devoted to fostering informed debate on the social, ethical and environmental implications of new genetic technologies. CRG carries out policy research, education and advocacy.

Byravan received a PhD in molecular biology in 1989 from the University of South Carolina. She completed post-doctoral work from 1993 to 1995 at UCLA. She then worked in India as a science writer and freelance journalist. Topics she has written on include science policy, gender issues, and Indian environmental concerns and politics. During that time, Byravan also became a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation's LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) Program (1995 to 1997).[2] She later served as Director of the Fellows Program at LEAD International from 1999-2002, and in that capacity was responsible for developing and executing the program for the graduates of LEAD, who number over 1,300 and work all over the world in various sectors.

Byravan is also a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar on Biotechnology: Legal, Ethical and Social Issues. She received a Rockefeller Foundation Residential Fellowship at Bellagio in 2007.

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  1. ^ "Board of Directors". CRG. Accessed June 2009.
  2. ^ "Sujatha Byravan" Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine. LEAD. March, 2006.