**Bhubaneswar:** Noted environmentalist and activist Dr Biswajit Mohanty has been appointed as the new Chairman of Greenpeace India (Head office: Bangalore) on the 18th August. He is the first from the State to head this international NGO.
Dr Mohanty has been an active member of the Executive Committee of the organization since 10 years. Greenpeace operates on common global environment issues like climate change, oceans and air pollution control.
Dr Mohanty is a professional Chartered Accountant for the last 25 years. He holds a Law degree and Ph.D. in wildlife poaching. He has been actively working for wildlife and environment protection since 1994. He coordinated Operation Kachhapa launched in 1998 to arrest rampant deaths of Olive Ridley Sea turtles in the Odisha coast. He has won several awards for wildlife protection including the Sanctuary Asia-ABN Amro Award 2011, Times Leadership Award, and Ford Award.
With many feathers in his cap, his vast experience in wildlife conservation and environment protection will help Greenpeace India to achieve its goals in the country along with large number of supporters in India.