Team Leader-CMEI, Ministry of Public Works & Transport Royal Government of Cambodia & Asian Development Bank.
Area of Expertise- Resilience, Response, Recovery and Climate Change Adaptation and Geo-Informatics
Dr. Dipankar Chyau Patnaik, Ph.D., is a distinguished geographer and a seasoned disaster management expert with a career spanning over 15 years. His professional journey is characterized by a relentless commitment to addressing the multifaceted challenges of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, particularly in the South Asian context.
Dr. Patnaik’s academic foundation includes a Ph.D. in Geo-Informatics from the University of Madras, culminating in a comprehensive study focused on cyclonic storm surges within the vulnerable coastal region of Odisha. This academic rigor laid the groundwork for his subsequent career achievements.
Throughout his career, Dr. Patnaik has held pivotal roles within renowned organizations such as Christian Aid, RedR India, Oxfam America and the Asian Development Bank. His contributions encompass a wide spectrum of responsibilities, including the strategic inception of large-scale programs, the adept assembly and leadership of teams, and the cultivation of strategic thinking to navigate complex operational landscapes.
Notably, Dr. Patnaik is a luminary in the realm of resilience programming. He has spearheaded and flawlessly executed expansive initiatives in disaster risk reduction, the establishment of resilient livelihoods, and the implementation of climate change adaptation strategies across the diverse and challenging terrains of Asia. His achievements extend beyond mere program management; they encapsulate strategic acumen in effecting transformational change amidst adversity.
Dr. Patnaik’s technical prowess shines through his proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and data analytics. These competencies empower him to make empirically-grounded decisions in high-risk, disaster-prone regions. His unique ability to blend scientific research with pragmatic, actionable solutions has been instrumental in bolstering the resilience of vulnerable communities.
At present, Dr. Patnaik assumes the pivotal role of Team Leader for Community Mobilization and Environmental Improvements (CMEI) Ministry of Public Works & Transport Royal Government of Cambodia under the aegis of the Asian Development Bank. His purview entails championing the cause of marginalized households, with an explicit focus on water management, the cultivation of resilient agricultural practices, and the implementation of climate-sensitive planning. His unwavering commitment to enhancing the quality of life for those most susceptible to environmental hazards is emblematic of his dedication.
Dr. Patnaik’s professional affiliations underscore his stature as a subject matter expert in disaster management. He is an esteemed member of organizations such as the Climate Action Network South Asia and Sphere India, lending his expertise to further the discourse on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. He is also a member of various well-known networks including the Asia Disaster Risk Reduction Network (ADRRN), GNDR, Bridge Network and moderator of ‘Colombo Pact’- Climate Group – Commonwealth Geographical Bureau [CGB], Singapore.
His contributions to academic publications and technical papers bear testimony to his unwavering dedication to crafting a more resilient and sustainable future for communities grappling with the far-reaching consequences of climate change and natural disasters. Dr. Dipankar Chyau Patnaik stands as an exemplar of professionalism and expertise in the complex arena of disaster management and climate change adaptation.<>/p