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Dr Koustubh Sharma

Assistant Director, Conservation Policy and Partnerships-Snow Leopard Trust,
International Coordinator-Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program

Member, Kyrgyz Republic

I have been involved in active research and conservation since 2001. I am working with the Snow Leopard Trust since 2007, and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Conservation Policy and Partnerships. Since 2014, I took additional charge as the International Coordinator of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystems Protection Program (GSLEP) whose secretariat is based in Bishkek.

At the GSLEP Program, I work with a small team with support from international organizations to coordinate this unique alliance that brings together governments of the 12 snow leopard range countries, Non-Government Organizations and Conservationists. At the Snow Leopard Trust, I assist in implementing research, conservation, training and building collaborations across several countries.

I obtained a PhD in Wildlife Zoology from the University of Mumbai in 2006 after pursuing my Masters in Physics in 2001. I conducted the first detailed study of the rare four-horned antelope while working with Bombay Natural History Society in Central India for his PhD. My academic interests lie in population ecology, conservation biology, policy, data visualization, and technology. I have so far authored more than 40 scientific publications and have presented my work in nearly the same number of international conferences.