Ashis Nandy, Member, Executive Councils, World Future Studies Federation

Ashis Nandy, Member, Executive Councils, World Future Studies Federation, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the International Network for Cultural Alternatives to Development, and the People's Union for Civil Liberties, India

Dr. Nandy is a political psychologist and sociologist of science who has worked on cultures of knowledge, visions, and dialogue of civilizations. At present he is senior fellow and Director of the Center for the Study of Developing Societies and chairperson of the Committee for Cultural Choices and Global Futures, both located in Delhi.

Dr. Nandy is a member of the executive councils of the World Future Studies Federation, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the International Network for Cultural Alternatives to Development, and the People's Union for Civil Liberties. Dr. Nandy has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the Wilson Center, Washington, D.C., a Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Hull, and a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, University of Edinburgh. He held the first UNESCO Chair at the Center for European Studies, University of Trier, in 1994.

Trained as a sociologist and clinical psychologist, Dr. Nandy is also known for his work in political science and future studies. Dr. Nandy has coauthored a number of human rights reports and is active in movements for peace, alternative sciences and technologies, and cultural survival.

In 2008 he was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals of the world by the magazine, Foreign Policy, published by The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He received the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007.