Experts' profiles - Rajendra Shende
Rajendra Shende
Rajendra Shende is a Chemical Engineer graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology. He has extensive corporate business experience which includes process optimization, mainstreaming of cleaner production, environmental impact assessment, energy efficiency and renewable energy in the manufacturing processes. After a stint at corporate management level, he joined the international programme at UNEP DTIE in Paris in 1992. He led the task force of Indian Government that decided the strategy for India in negotiating the Montreal Protocol and negotiating the establishment of the Multilateral Fund to assist the developing countries.

He is a policy advisor to the developing countries and countries with economies in transition in implementing the Montreal Protocol. He is expert on international technology transfer and technology cooperation to deploy the environment friendly technologies. He helped build the OzonAction Programme from its fledgling phase to its present global reach. Under his guidance, OzonAction has been strategically reoriented in 2002 into a Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP) that now consists of a strong team in Paris and in UNEPs Regional Offices in Mexico City, Bahrain, Bangkok and Nairobi.

He initiated the Energy Programme in the Paris office and was instrumental in integrating climate change activities. He coordinated more than 20 CDM workshops in partnership with other agencies and initiated one of the first GEF projects in Paris. Apart from being review editor of IPCCs special report on Technology Transfer, he was the coordinating lead author for the special report of IPCC/TEAP on safe guarding the ozone layer and global climate system.

His present work focuses on strengthening the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and coordinated implementation of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) with practical and workable examples. Developing partnerships and leveraging the inter-linkages between MEAs are his forte. Author of numerous published policy papers, Mr. Shende has given various presentations for the public as well as for the universities like MIT-USA, Swiss Technical Institute and Beijing University. He has been interviewed for TV, radio and number of international magazines including French and Italian. His hobbies include trekking in the Himalayas and bloging on environmental issues.
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