Member's Profile

Dheeraj Nakra
Administrative Officer, Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystem Services (HP-FES) Project


Dheeraj works as an Administrative Officer with Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystems Services component. Presently working to set up the base for the Himachal Pradesh project in Shimla. Before this he was working in a similar capacity with Rural Financial Institutions Programme and Scaling Up CSR Initiative Programme in GIZ since 2010.  In his previous life he worked as Programme Coordinator for a US based study abroad, World Learning and started his career as a Programme Officer with Hungarian Information & Cultural Centre after perusing his graduation in Commerce with honours from Delhi University.

Sanjay Tomar
Senior Manager, Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystem Services (HP-FES) Project


Sanjay holds a Ph.D. degree in Forestry with specialisation in Landscape Ecology and has an extensive experience of 18 years spanning in the fields of integrated natural resources management (INRM), climate change adaptation, forestry, agroforestry and rural development sectors. He has been involved in designing, management and implementation of various projects in these fields.  He started his profession with NGOs and later worked with research institutions and GIZ. Prior to this GIZ assignment, he has worked with the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) for research management in South Asia.  At ICRAF, he was also leading the Sentinel Landscape project in Western Ghats - which was CGIAR’s (Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research) flagship programme on Forests Trees and Agroforestry.

Satyan Chauhan
Technical Expert, Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystem Services (HP-FES) Project

Satyan, an expert in the field of natural resource management has more than 11 years of  experience in various sectors like watersheds, forestry, livelihoods, environment management, and climate change. He holds an M.Phil. degree in Natural Resource Management from the Indian Institute of Forest Management. Satyan has worked for DFID funded Forest Sector Reforms Project in Himachal Pradesh.

Deepak Upadhyay
Technical Expert, Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystem Services (HP-FES) Project


Deepak holds a Master’s degree in Botany and a Post graduate diploma in RS & GIS Application for Natural Resource Management specialisation in Forestry & Ecology. With a work experience of more than 6 years, he has worked in projects based on biodiversity conservation, landscape ecology, remote sensing, GIS, and Long term Ecosystem monitoring. He has previously worked with the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, The Food and Agriculture Organization and G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development.

P. D. Francis
Coordinator - Administration & Finance


Francis is the Programme coordinator (Admin) and his key responsibilities are Contracts, Financing Agreements & Local subsidies, Programme Finance Management, Budget Monitoring and Coordination with GIZ Office.

Sanjay Nikalje
Office Manager


Sanjay is in-charge of Office Administration and is responsible for procurement and logistics apart from office administration. His key responsibilities include travel arrangements, maintaining inventory records and project office maintenance.

Raj Pal Singh
Driver and Office Assistant

Raj is the project driver with the additional responsibilities of Office Stationery, Stock Register etc. and assists in Events and Workshop.

Agnesh Kumar
Driver and Office Assistant

Agnesh is the Project driver with additional responsibilities of assisting in administration work and organising events.

Harish Kumar
Driver and Office Assistant

Harish Kumar works as driver for HPFES, Shimla and takes care of some additional responsibilities of assisting in administration work and organising events. Mr. Kumar has prior 8 years’ experience of working with GTZ, Shimla from 2004 to 2011 under WASH and PRI projects. After that he joined Acme d’ ace, an adventure sports company where he handled operations of Himachal region. In his spare time he goes for trekking and hikes.

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