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Anjali Parasnis
Fellow and Head, Western Regional Center, India , TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), India's largest not for profit research institute
Navi Mumbai, India
Over 15 years of versatile experience in sustainable project and program management; proven ability to align business processes effectively with prudent use of technology and research methodologies.

Skilled in building vision for business success and executing strategies that generate quantifiable results; excellent administrative skills,innovative approaches, communicator & relationship builder
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Infrastructure, Technology, Engineering, Science
Professional Experience:
1. More than 6 years work experience with TERI (The energy and Resources Institute), a global think tank in the capacity of regional head which includes project development, execution and business development in the areas of climate change and rural agriculture, renewable energy applications, water resource management, sustainable development, policy aspects in the above
2.Two years corporate experience as a senior scientist while developing and scaling up technologies for production of bio fuels such as ethanol and hydrogen using biomass based material
3. More than 8 years of hard core research experience in the area of Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology at India's most renowned national laboratories like NCL and BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Center).
4. Two years of work experience at a plant tissue culture laboratory.
1.Doctorate in Molecular Biology/ Biochemistry completed from National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, one of the highly reputed institutes of CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) a Government of India undertaking. (1994- 1999)

2. Completed graduation (3 year course) and mastrers degrees course (2 years) in science (Chemistry, physics, plant sciences) from University of Poona, Pune, India.(1986 1991) with grade- first class- distinction.

3. A diploma holder from University of Poona, Pune in German language (1987)

4. Completed Certificate course in level I and II from Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune, a branch of Goethe Institute.(1986 & 1987)

5. Completed a two year (summer course) course entitled " CAS-IWRM" (Certificate of Advanced studies in Integrated Water Resource Management) organized by Bern Fachhochschule, Bern- Biel, University of Bern. (2010 &2011).

Doctoral thesis on “Molecular Marker diagnostic Technology for Commercially Important Fruit crop- Papaya”

Selected Accomplishments
Worked on a pioneering project which involved extending the applications of a highly sophisticated, cutting edge molecular technology to invent markers which could provide solution to the problem of gender determination in certain dieocious species of plants having commercial significance; The molecular markers invented through this research provided a break through to an enigma of 100 years where chromosome based identification of gender using vegetative tissues was not possible at an early stage of plant development. .The patented molecular diagnostic assay has immense potential for further commercialization.

Affiliations and Achievements:
1. Won TERI’s Role of Honour Award for the year 2010 for outstanding performance.
2. CSIR Junior and senior fellowship award - 1994 and 1996 respectively.
3. NCL's patent award in 2001.
4. Completed more than 50 national and international projects with measurable outcome.
5. Demonstrated ability to partner with multiple stakeholders including Government, Corporate and Academia; initiated many pioneering projects in diverse fields including molecular markers, renewable energy applications and resource management. For example-

• Green Ferry Boat project- Successfully implemented first project in India to blend biodiesel along with fossil fuel for reducing the GHG emissions in ferry boats which was enthusiastically completed by the ferry boat owners. The project implications were highlighted by global broadcasting networks like BBC world and CNN-IBN as well as local media.
•Developed and applied a customised methodology for control of algal bloom for a man made water body which was regarded as an effective solution.
• Solar Tree- Conceptualized and commissioned India’s first solar tree- A 20 feet permanent steel structure magnificently illuminated using solar lighting system.

6. In the capacity of a regional head,
Strategized and successfully expanded a dormant (almost non-existent) set up of TERI in Mumbai to a complete functional stage in less than 5 years by enhancing
o Number of projects/ technology implementation
o Staff strength from 1 to an active team of 10 professionals at Mumbai
o Revenue from 0 to 15 million INR
o Infrastructural set up from 50 sq ft rented space to ownership based 1000 sq ft office and 2 acres of land in Mumbai.
o Outreach to more than 200 organizations from government, international bilateral trade agencies, media and private sector.

7. Facilitating on going, national and internationally funded state level climate change mitigation and adaptation projects with very senior IAS officials, more than 20 government departments, regional NGO’s and stakeholders (

8. Coordinated Clinton Foundation funded international project entitled "Energy efficient building retrofitting program" at the state level.

9. Effective communication and presentation skills. Presented research findings, papers, technologies at several national and international conferences.

10.Key publications/ links/ Media Coverage


US Patents (Granted) for developing a molecular marker based diagnostic assay for early sex diagnosis in plants and its implementation in field.

1. 09/052,505 (Ref date: March 31, 1998)
2. 09/ 259473 (Ref date: February 26, 1999)

1. A.S. Parasnis, W. Ramakrishna, K. V. Chowdari, V. S. Gupta, P. K. Ranjekar (1999) Microsatellite (GATA)n reveals sex specific differences in papaya. TAG (99) 1047-1052.
2. A.S. Parasnis, V. S. Gupta, S. A. Tamhankar, P. K. Ranjekar (2000). A highly reliable sex Diagnostic PCR assay for mass screening of papaya seedlings. Molecular breeding (6) 337-344.
3. K. Chaurasia, A. S. Parasnis, S. K. Apte. (2008) “An integrative expression vector for strain improvement and environmental applications of the nitrogen fixing cyanobacterium, Anabaena sp. strain PCC7120”.Journal of Microbiological Methods Volume 73, Issue 2, May 08, Pages 133-141
4. A. Parasnis, S. Deshpande, M. Kharche, S. Dahedar, P. Chourey. (2009)
Fund raising and eco friendly models for preserving a historic lake on sustainable basis in Navi Mumbai, India Proceedings of 13 World Lake Conference, Wuhan, China
5. G. Gill, A. Parasnis , and S. Deshpande. (2009)
Challenges pertaining to preservation of wetlands in a developing city – a case study of Navi Mumbai, India. Proceedings of 13 World Lake Conference, Wuhan, China.

Available for:
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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi, Marathi and German
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