Sudarshan Rodriguez is a development professional with multi-disciplinary backgrounds in disaster management, environmental sciences, environmental economics, policy, and environmental law. He currently is a Programme Director at Mahatma Gandhi Academy of Human Development (MGAHD) a center of the Tata Institute of social sciences, Mumbai located in Nagaland focusing on Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship.
He started his career in 1998 with UNDP-India, New Delhi as a Programme Development Specialist on their Environment & GEF Programme. He has since then worked in several locations with a range of civil society groups on inter-disciplinary aspects of natural resource and environmental management. He has also worked in the area disaster response and management and traveled widely in Tamil Nadu and Kerala and the Andamans at various stages of the tsunami disaster relief and rehabilitation and has also served on multidisciplinary teams for assessment and evaluation of tsunami disaster rehabilitation.
Since 2010, he has been a been at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in the director’s office handling innovative and transdisciplinary projects-TISS-LAHDC Ladakh Project, the Socio and Ecological Stewardship Programme TISS Andaman Nicobar Initiative, National Water Mission -TISS Project , Mahatma Gandhi Academy for Human Development , Nagaland and the TISS Fellowship Programme, whereas a practitioner coach he fosters and mentors young development professionals on leadership, project design, and management for whole systems transformation and cultural shifts. He is practitioner coach trained in the Transformational Leadership Frame- the Conscious Full-Spectrum Response Approach developed & created by Dr. Monica Sharma.
He is passionate about demystifying knowledge, science, and technology and making it work for planetary and people’s well being and always stretches to engage with issues from multiple perspectives and a holistic frame that is ethical and just for both people and planet.
His current interests are social ecology and commons (social, cultural and natural resource), climate change and adaptation, disaster management, leadership for trans-disciplinary processes for systems change. His hobbies are scuba diving, cycling, motor-biking, music, trekking, and camping.
He is practitioner coach trained in the Conscious Full-Spectrum Response Approach, a transformational leadership approach based on universal values and ethics developed & created by Dr. Monica Sharma based on extensive experience in the application of various methods for tangible results for people’s development worldwide.