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Dr. Maneesha Vinodini Ramesh

Dr. Maneesha V Ramesh is the Provost, Strategic Initiatives, Research & Innovation at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. She is also the Dean, School for Sustainable Development. She has held the UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation & Development since 2020

In 2019 and 2020, Stanford University, USA has ranked Dr. Maneesha, as one among the global top 2% scientists in the Networking & Telecommunication field, for the quality of her research. As one of the world’s leading scientist, she has carefully combined interdisciplinary domains of internet of things, meteorology, hydrology, geology and data science to build world’s first AI integrated IoT based landslide early warning system under the direct guidance of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s Chancellor, Sri. Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. Her extensive work in multi-disciplinary areas such as internet of things, wireless networks, wireless sensor networks, ML & AI, and sustainable development, successfully applied on thematic areas such as disaster management, water sustainability, healthcare applications, energy sustainability and education access, has provided direct contribution for societal development.

Dr. Maneesha’s extensive work in provisioning sustainable solutions through Live-in-Labs®️, a multidisciplinary experiential learning program, for 108+ communities adopted by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and its parent organisation MA Math, has led to Amrita University being the only university in India to have an UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation and Development. She is also the Program Head for ‘Jivamritam’, a purified clean drinking water initiative, to install clean drinking water solutions in 5,000 villages to provide clean drinking water to over 10 million people throughout India. She is also an inventor of low power wireless Remote ECG wearable devices and invented a revolutionary new communication network for fishermen, that can be used by them, upto a distance of 120 KM when at sea. Her work in landslide disaster management has recently brought accolades to Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. The International Program on Landslides has declared Amrita as “World Center of Excellence on Landslide Disaster Risk Reduction 2020-2023” at their World Landslide Forum, Kyoto, Japan. In her role as the Dean of International programs, she has been able to sign more 200+ Memorandum of Understanding with world’s top universities and thus brought Amrita University to forge extensive international academic and research collaborations in several areas of research at Amrita.

Research & societal development being her primary focus, she is presently guiding more than 18 PhD students to mould them as India’s young scientists of the future, who she inspires to work towards the betterment of society by understanding and studying societal needs.


Awards and Recognitions

Awards Received by Chairholder Dr. Maneesha V Ramesh

  • Amrita Centre for Wireless Networks and Applications headed by Dr. Maneesha V Ramesh, emerged winner of the 2023 Averted Disaster Awards for outstanding Disaster Risk Management (DRM) intervention in Berlin, Oct 12, 2023
  • Dr. Maneesha V Ramesh received the award on behalf of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s World Centre of Excellence on Landslides – the prestigious International Program on Landslides, Kyoto Landslide Consortium (IPL-KLC) Award for Success. The award was presented in the ongoing 6th World Landslide Forum at the historic Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy, on 14th November. 
  • Amrita has been re-conferred the title of World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Risk Reduction (WCoEs)” for the 3rd time in a row by the International Programme on Landslides (IPL) 
  • Dr. Maneesha has been recognized as the world’s top 2 percent list of scientists published by the US-based Stanford University for the 3rd time in a row.

Chair Speak

Dr. Maneesha V Ramesh has represented the UNESCO Chair at the various national and international events delivering distinguished lectures and keynote addresses thereby providing expert opinion in the areas of UN SDGs

  • International Womens Day Symposium: Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers, Feb 8
  • 25 Anniversary Celebrations of INCOIS, Hyderabad, India Feb 3rd
  • COP28: Indigenizing Education for Climate Action: Strategies, Case Studies and Testimonies, Dubai, UAE
  • Indo Dutch Workshop in collaboration with TU Delft, Mumbai, Nov 2023
  • World Landslide Forum 6, Florence, Italy, Nov 2023
  • 10th South and Central Asian Biosphere Reserve Network Meeting, (SACAM), Nov 2023
  •  Averted Disaster Award, Berlin, Germany, Oct 2023
  • Civil 20 India 2023 Summit, Jaipur, India, July 2023
  • Global Sustainable Development Congress held from 30 May – 1 June 2023 at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia.
  • Civil 20 India 2023 Inception Meeting, Nagpur, India, April 2023
  • ICL-KLC Hybrid Conference, 22-25 November 2022 in Kyoto, Japan
  • ISEG’s International Conference – EGCON, 2022, 16-17 November 2022, Kolkata
  • 7th Ideal Village Conference on Rural Transformation for Sustainable Growth jointly organised by Stanford Ideal Village Project, WHEELS Global Foundation, Pan IIT-Alumni, CII, FIPA, FICCI, AARDO and Banaras Hindu University 
Distinguished Lecture – Colloquium Series, UPC, Spain
UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Technical Consultation on the Revision of the 1974 Recommendation
Environmental Friendly Technologies of Urbanised Territories

Prof. Ian Robert Davis

Visiting Professor, Kyoto, Lund and Oxford Brookes UniversitiesHonorary Visiting Professor, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology  (RMIT) in Europe

Adjunct Professor & Advisor to Amrita School of Sustainable Development and UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation and Development, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kerala, India

Prof. Ian Davis, an architect, artist, writer, and academic, has worked continually in Disaster Risk and Recovery Management since 1972. He wrote the first book on Disaster Shelter and was the lead consultant in the first set of UN Guidelines on Shelter following Disaster. He is the author, co-author, or editor of sixteen books on disaster-related topics. In 1996 he was awarded the UN Sasakawa Award for his ‘contribution to International Disaster Prevention’ Currently Ian is Visiting Professor at Universities in India, Sweden, Japan, Australia, and the UK.

Prof. Ian Davis served as the Principal Lecturer at Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) from 1971 to 1989. He also taught Urban Planning, Shelter and Settlement, and Landscape Painting from 2002 to 2013 in the Byron Fellowship Summer Schools held in Indiana and North Carolina, USA. He became the first Professor in the Disaster Preparedness Centre of Cranfield University from 1998 to 2006. From 2003 to 2021 Prof. Ian Davis taught Ph.D. and Masters Courses in Barcelona, Copenhagen, Coventry, Kyoto, Lund, Oxford Brookes, and the University of Westminster.

Since 1972 Prof. Ian’s primary academic work has been in Disaster Risk and Recovery Management, as an academic, author, researcher, consultant, NGO Board member, and advisor to Governments and UN Agencies. He wrote the first Ph.D. on Disaster Shelter at University College London (UCL) from 1972 to 1985. He wrote the first book on ‘Shelters after Disaster’ (1978), coordinated the first UN Guidelines on ‘Shelter After Disaster’ (1982), and edited the Second Edition (2016) for the IFRC. He co-authored ‘At Risk, PeoplesVulnerability to Disasters (1994) and Second Edition (2004) In 2015 he co-authored ‘Recovery from Disaster’. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 16 books and over 90 articles on disaster/development-related fields

In 1996 he became the first UK citizen to receive the UN Sasakawa Award for his ‘International Contribution to Disaster Prevention’ In 2004-5 he was part of the working group convened by the British Government’s Chief Scientific Officer to advise Prime Minister Tony Blair as he hosted the 2007 G7 Summit Meeting. From 2009 to 2012 he was part of the international working group on the Independent Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) integrating Disaster Risk Reduction with Adaptation to Climate Change Ian’s career path is summarised in the following publication: ‘The Contribution of Ian Davis to Disaster Risk Management 1972-2021 (Second Edition) January 2022 Experience Learning Series 78 All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI).

Dr. Ian has also been the Board Member of 5 NGOs: Tearfund, INTRAC, The Safe Trust, and The Davis Trust, and in 1979 became a founder Trustee of Traidcraft, one of the UK’s first Fairtrade Organisations.

His primary areas of interest include post-disaster shelter, recovery planning, disaster risk reduction, adaptation to climate change, low-cost housing, development planning, architecture, sensory architecture, travel, classical music, and painting in watercolour to name a few. In 2020 he published ‘Experiencing Oxford’ which he wrote and illustrated with watercolours.

Dr. Joost Monks

Dr. Joost Monks is an international expert in education policies and artificial intelligence (AI). He serves as lecturer and program director on philanthropy and AI at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, focusing on cross-cutting insights around the future of regional philanthropy and human-centered applications of digital technology for social good. Previously he served as Executive Director of NORRAG, an international education policy think tank based at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. He holds a BA and a MA in International Relations and Development Studies from the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and a Doctorate in Political Economy from the University of Geneva.

Dr. Sudha Arlikatti

Professor & Research Head, Amrita School for Sustainable Futures

Dr. Vinod V. T. Padil

Professor, Amrita School for Sustainable Futures

Dr. Raji P

Assistant Professor, Amrita School for Sustainable Futures

Dr. Yogesh Valenkar

Associate Professor, Amrita School for Sustainable Futures

Dr. Shivapratap Gopakumar

Associate Professor, Amrita School for Sustainable Futures

Renjith Mohan

Program Manager, Live-in-Labs®

Amrita Nambiar

Program Officer, Office of the Provost


Program Coordinator, Academic Programs, Live-in-Labs®


Project Manager, SDG6

Reshma M S

Program Assistant -V


Research Assistant III


Executive Assistant to the Provost – I

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