Dr Vinod B Mathur is the Director of the Wildlife Institute of India. He joined the Indian Forest Service (IFS) in 1983. He obtained his doctorate degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom in 1991. He is the Regional Vice-Chair of the IUCN-World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA-South Asia) and member of the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA). He is currently serving as member of Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Government of India Committees on World Heritage Conservation, Biosphere Reserves, Management Effectiveness Evaluation and Environment Appraisal of Coal and Thermal Projects. He has extensive experience as an international trainer and his special interest include biodiversity conservation, environmental and strategic impact assessment, biodiversity informatics and natural heritage conservation. He has been actively contributing on research-policy interface issues and is the member of United Nations-Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (UN-IPBES) Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP). He is also the Director of the newly established UNESCO Category 2 Centre on Natural World Heritage Management and Training for the Asia Pacific Region at the Wildlife Institute of India.