Nandan Mukherjee has 20 years of academic and professional experience in water and environmental management, with particular expertise in risk and human resilience. He is nearing completion of his PhD ‘Developing a river basin management framework using the UNFCCC concept of loss & damage’, based in the University of Dundee. He is presently on leave of absence as an Assistant Professor in BRAC University, Dhaka where has been Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER) since 2011. He holds BSc (Civil Engineering) and MSc (Water Resources) degrees and in 2010 obtained his MBA from Bangladesh’s premier institution, the University of Dhaka.
He has a proven track record as a researcher, having led over 40 projects as project or task manager, and making major contributions to another 19. His experience extends to research design, project oversight, quantitative analysis and analytical synthesis – all delivered within tight time and budgetary constraints. In recognition of his capabilities, he was appointed as one of the youngest Directors within BRAC, which is the largest NGO in the world. He was also responsible for grant applications, workflow management, annual budgeting, compliance reporting, managing suppliers and sub-contractors in multiple parallel-running research projects.
Nandan has highly developed digital skills, including use of Microsoft Project Professional and has expertise in numerical modelling (e.g. SWAT, Deflt3D, HEC-RAS), multivariate statistics (R & SPSS), and qualitative analysis (NVivo) and extensive experience of stakeholder engagement and participatory approaches to community-based research in relation to social vulnerability, risk analysis, and adaptation planning. His academic maturity is evidenced in his publication profile featuring peer-reviewed journal papers (5) and book chapters (4) and international conferences (14). He also led-authored on 13 technical and research reports.
He has served as a negotiator in the UN COP process, including being a national representative on loss and damage in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – again a manifest example of experience, esteem and ability to manage challenging relationships in a collaborative context with internal/external stakeholders. He has well-developed leadership and delegation qualities but is intensely collaborative and collegiate in style. Finally, in relation to wider communications, he is a sophisticated exponent, with the most recent example of receiving the UN’s Risk Award 2019 surrounding the project he conceived and delivered on the design of flood resilient floating homes in Bangladesh. Social media engagement around this project has been viewed more than 6 million times in Bangladesh and abroad and was showcased through multiple media channels including the BBC.
United Nation's Risk Awardee