On Monday, RK Pachauri took over as executive vice-chairman of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a promotion from his earlier post as Director General of the think tank. Pachauri's promotion was announced last November, when the governing council decided to give him a senior executive role despite the incoming director general Ajay Mathur voicing his apprehensions that Pachauri's presence would affect the "independent functioning" of the organization.
Here are the members of the TERI governing council, which includes luminaries in India as well as abroad, who decided to promote the 76-year-old man who is under police investigation following serious charges of sexual harassment at work against him. He was also found guilty by the organisation's internal investigation. Another researcher recently filed a police complaint saying he was being pressurised by senior officials for help in getting the original sexual harassment case settled out of court.
Prof. B V Sreekantan
Honorary Visiting Professor, Culture, Cognition & Consciousness Unit
National Institute of Advanced Studies
Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore
Dr (Mrs) Wakako Hironaka
Former Member of the House of Councillors (Upper House of the Japanese Diet) and former Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Japan
Deepak S Parekh
Chairman, Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd.
Naina Lal Kidwai
Group General Manager and Country Head, India
Executive Director, The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC)
Secretary, Government of India,
Ministry of Earth Sciences
Chairman, DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Private Limited
Henrik O Madsen
Group President & CEO, DNV GL Group
Distinguished Fellow, TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute)
Pachauri, too, is now a member of the governing council. Biocon MD Kiran Mazumdar Shaw quit the governing council last year saying she didn't want to get dragged into a contentious issue.
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