Persons in News 2018

Satya Tripathi appointed as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of UNEP

Indian development economist and environment expert Satya S. Tripathi was appointed as has been appointed assistant secretary general of United Nations and will head New York office of UN Environment Programme (UNEP). He was appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Satya Tripathi

Tripathi holds commerce and law bachelors degrees and masters in law from Berhampur University in Odisha. He has rich experience of over 35 years with UN and has worked at UN since 1998 in Europe, Asia and Africa on strategic assignments in sustainable development, human rights, democratic governance and legal affairs. Since 2017, he has been senior adviser to UNEP on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also had served as UN Recovery Coordinator for $7 billion post-tsunami and post-conflict recovery efforts in Aceh and Nias in Indonesia. He also had chaired Committees on Laws and Treaties for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004. He also has served as director and executive head of UN Office for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD)+ Coordination in Indonesia.

Note: Satya Tripathi is possibly third-highest ranking Indian in UN bureaucracy at present after Atul Khare, an under-secretary general who heads department of operations and Nikhil Seth who is assistant secretary general and had headed Geneva-based UN Institute for Training and Research in 2015.

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Dr G. Satheesh Reddy appointed as Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has appointed distinguished missile scientist Dr. G Satheesh Reddy was appointed as Secretary of Department of Defence R&D (DDR&D) and Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Prior to this appointment he was scientific adviser to defence minister and director general, Missiles & Strategic Systems (DG MSS). Union Government in May 2015 had bifurcated post of scientific adviser to defence minister-cum-DRDO chief, which was held by one person till then.

Dr. G Satheesh Reddy

He is well known for his significant contributions to indigenous design, development, deployment of diversified missiles and strategic systems, guided weapons, avionics technologies and for sustained efforts in advancement of aerospace technologies & industries in India.

He hails from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. He had graduated in electronics and communication engineering from JNTU, Anantapur, and received his MS & Ph.D from JNTU, Hyderabad. He joined Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in 1986. Subsequently he had joined Research Centre Imarat (RCI), which is brain child of scientist and late president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, after its formation.

He was elevated as Distinguished Scientist in September 2014 and was appointed as scientific adviser to defence minister in May 2015.  In this role, he had significantly contributed to formulation of many national policies and was pivotal in evolving roadmap for self-sufficiency in missiles.

As DG of Missiles and Strategic Systems (DG, MSS), he had spearheaded Abdul Kalam Missile Complex Laboratories – ASL, DRDL and RCI, ITR, TBRL and other technical facilities. He also had led design and development of wide range of tactical and strategic missile systems to attain complete self-sufficiency in missiles and initiated many projects to equip armed forces with state-of-the-art weapons and technologies.

He also had played important role in invigorating Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) programme and developed mission critical technologies for long range Agni-5 missile. As director, RCI, he had led many programmes, projects and steered development of indigenous RF and IIR Seekers.

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