Kartikeya Sarabhai, Founder and Director, CEE.
Kartikeya V. Sarabhai is the Founder Director of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), established in 1984 as a centre of excellence of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. CEE is the Nodal Agency for implementation of UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in India. He is a member of the UNESCO Reference Group for UNDESD as well as a member of the International Steering Group for the End of the Decade Conference 2014. He is the editor in chief of the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development.
Kartikeya Sarabhai was a member of the Indian delegation to United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) at Rio in 1992 and World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) at Johannesburg in 2002 and was the co-author of India's report for UNCED. He has been closely associated with communication initiatives of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), especially those connected with Ozone.
Kartikeya Sarabhai has long been associated with IUCN, and was the chair of South and South East Asia IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Indian National Commission of IUCN. He is a member of the Earth Charter International Council. He is a member of National Executive Committee for facilitating the implementation of strategic objectives of the “UN Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) 2011-2020” by National Biodiversity Authority. He is also a member of the Governing Council of National Mission of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan which is the Government of India’s flagship programme for achievement of Universalization of Elementary Education. Under his leadership, through Paryavaran Mitra, a nationwide environmental leadership programme, CEE reaches to about 20 million school students in India.
The Government of India awarded the Padma Shri in 2012, in recognition of his exceptional and
distinguished service in the field of Environmental Education. In 2013, he was given the Olive
Green Crusader award by IAA (International Advertising Association) for his contribution in the
field of environmental education and education for sustainable development. He received the
Tree of Learning Award from The World Conservation Union in 1998 in appreciation of his
contributions to the field of environmental education and communication. In 2005, The Indian
Institute of Human Rights presented Mr. Sarabhai with the World Human Rights Promotion
Award. Under Kartikeya Sarabhai's leadership CEE has been awarded the Indira Gandhi
Paryavaran Puraskar in 1997 by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India;
Global Level Award for ‘Outstanding Services to Environmental Education’ by the North
American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in 2005 and United States
Environmental Protection Agency 2009 Stratospheric Ozone Layer Protection Award.