South Asia Region: Brij Kishor Gupta
Reliance Foundation, India
Brij Kishor Gupta is currently Project Director with Reliance Foundation. Before joining Reliance Foundation he was Evaluation & Monitoring Officer with Central Zoo Authority (CZA), an statutory body of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change at New Delhi, India. He joined CZA as Scientist in 2000 and than worked as Scientific Officer.
Dr. Gupta’s academic background that he obtained graduation from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Masters Degree in Environmental Zoology. He obtained his doctorate thesis studying Behavioural on the Bear Population in Bear Rehabilitation Centre in Agra to develop a Model for the Enrichment of the Environment.
In the past he had worked with Coimbatore Zoological Park & Conservation Centre, Bombay Natural History Society and World Wide Fund for Nature India in various capacities. While at WWF-India, New Delhi office, he was looking after the Conservation Action Support Programme. With all these organizations he was deeply involved with education programmes
Dr. Gupta received training on Environmental Education at Smithsonian Conservation and Research Centre at Front Royal, Virginia, USA. He further received intensive training and skill development programme on Environment Education from North American Association for Environment Education in Malaysia.
Dr. Brij Gupta is member of Conservation and Sustainability Committee of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. He is also member of IUCN/SSC/Conservation Breeding Specialist Group & South Asian Amphibian and Reptile Specialist Group as well as Country Representative (India) for Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, United Kingdom.
Dr. Gupta, fellow of National Academy of Biological Sciences had received Proggy Award for Animal Welfare Scientist from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as well as International Animals Rights Leadership Award from PETA. Dr. Gupta is also recipient of International Conservation Award for the year 2010 from Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), USA he has also received citation from the Central Zoo Authority and Nandankanan Zoological Park, Bhubaneshwar in 2019 for his contribution in Thw field of Environmental Enrichment eand Zoo Designing in India.
Dr. Gupta has contributed more than 100 scientific papers in various peer reviewed journal. He has also authored six books.
July 2016 – Present Regional Representative (South Asia)