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Mr. Praveen Singh Pardeshi

Head of Disaster Management

United Nations Development Programme

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Employment History


Pune Municipal Corporation

Senior Adviser


Senior Adviser, International Strategy

Disaster Reduction



Gold Medallist Best Trainee Officer



Head of the Recovery Unit
UNDP BCPR Disaster Reduction Unit/UNISDR

State Forest Department


London School of Economics


Social Policy and Planning

London School of Economics

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Harmony : A Newsletter of the IAS Officer's Association, Maharashtra Branch : Issue 11 : Page 3 [cached]


While there is no dearth of talent in the IAS, some officers have the uncanny knack of exhausting almost all superlatives that can be applied to a civil servant.They know no failures.And most importantly, they know how to convert the seeming failures into successes and achievements.One such officer who comes easily to mind is the young and dynamic PRAVEEN PARDESHI presently working at Geneva as the UNDP's head of the transition recovery cluster of the bureau of crises prevention and recovery.
Overall All India first of the 1985 batch, gold medallist best trainee officer at the LBSNAA in 1987, recipient of an award for best performance in the 20-Point Programme in 1991 as chief executive officer of Amravati Zilla Parishad, awardee of Bhatt fellowship for outstanding services to earthquake people in Latur district, recipient of the Young American Indo Achievers Award.The list is impressive.
But Praveen did not get all these accolades on platter.
When in such grim situations even experienced officers can lose their balance, Praveen swiftly swung into action, quickly gathered his manpower, planned immediate relief, arranged for food and shelter and later brought the rehabilitation to completion, to the admiration of the World
Bank and others.He turned this calamity into an opportunity not only for the district but also for himself.That was the beginning of achievements for him.
After working for about four years in Latur, he went on to become collector of Solapur.There, apart from the usual work that a district collector is required to do, he organized the local project affected persons of Ujni irrigation project into an NGO for conducting participative survey of felt needs and monitoring of programme delivery.He also prepared a practical five-year plan to tackle the drinking water scarcity of the district.Sensitive to the social issues, he opened schools for the child labour.Earlier in Amravati he had launched an innovative programme for reconciliation of biodiversity conservation with needs of local Korkoo tribals.
Then as municipal commissioner of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, he fully harnessed the city's rich resources for the welfare of its citizens.
A post-graduate in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, with a First Division, Praveen had no idea that one day he would join the civil service.But his father, Pratapsingh, a reputed Group Captain in the IAF, had spotted his son's talent.He motivated Praveen and the rest is history.
Fond of the flora and fauna, he visited many difficult places, wrote many articles on ecology and pleaded vigorously for conservation of the environment.At the London School of Economics, he completed his MSc in Social Policy and Planning.His dissertation was on disasters as sources of institutional change.He revisited the Latur earthquake and explored how policies could be evolved to use the reconstruction process as an opportunity for accumulating social capital.It helped him figure out how changes could be attempted in long entrenched status-quoist institutions for a higher trajectory of development.
He returned to India fully convinced of the need for a paradigm shift in administration.
And who could be better suited than Praveen himself?
But it was, literally, neither a cakewalk nor a bed of roses for him.There was no air-conditioned office for him.Nor was there a place to rest in the night.He had to sleep in the open like many others for many days.But then, as the then CM remarked, it required guts to forgo the protection and comfort of the CM office, which Praveen showed without caring for the future.
Because of his hard, sincere and imaginative work at Bhooj, he was picked up by the UNDP for its headquarter post in Geneva as head of the transition recovery cluster of the bureau of crises prevention and recovery.There, working at the P5 level, Praveen continues to scale Mont Blanc of achievements.
But without his rich qualities of the heart that he inherited from his parents, Praveen would not have been even half as great despite all these achievements.A natural leader par excellence, he inspires his subordinates to higher levels of performance.An obedient son to his parents, caring husband to his equally talented wife, Dipti, and the most loving father to daughter Pratyancha and son Kaustubh (who want to follow in his footsteps), he is already a role model to many youngsters.With his child-like innocence and phenomenal knowledge about environment and astronomy, he is a delight to listen to.

NCSA [cached]

NCSA has actually taken tiger conservation movement to local communities: Praveen Pardeshi. January 8, 2007:

Nature Conservation Society Amravati (NCSA) has actually taken the tiger conservation movement to local communities. After visiting the works and listening to kids and villagers, I have realized why people from abroad too appreciate the efforts of this grass-root level organization, said Praveen Pardeshi of UNDP. Mr. Pardeshi was on a two-day visit to Melghat and speaking at a function organized at the NCSA office in Amravati.
Felicitation of Praveen Pardeshi Mr.Pardeshi visited the CRC Melghat
Praveen Pardeshi was CEO at Zilla Parishad, Amravati in 1990 when he had guided a group of college students to form a NGO for protecting wildlife and forests of this district. Later, the group expanded its work and established its identity as Nature Conservation Society Amravati. Praveen Pardeshi was on a two-day private visit to Melghat Tiger Reserve to see NCSA's activities, specially the education programmes for Tribal Kids and community works. At a felicitation function to honour him, he was presented with a shawl and memento for his tireless work after the tsunami as Head of UNDP's disaster Management and Recovery Cell. Mr. Pardeshi expressed happiness at the contribution of NCSA in the field of wildlife and forest conservation. He visited Melghat and also inter-acted with kids participating in the nature camp at NCSA's community centre at Kotha, near Harisal.
NCSA has actually taken tiger conservation movement to local communities: Praveen Pardeshi.

Activities in the year 2003 [cached]

The plants were handed over to Bori villagers at the hands of Praveen Pardeshi, Head of the Disaster Management, department of UNDP, Geneva.

Praveen Pardeshi appreciated the planned rehabilitation of the village .

BCPR Transitions | January 2002 [cached]

Praveen Pardeshi

Head of Recovery Cluster
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BCPR Transitions | January 2002 [cached]

Praveen Pardeshi

Head of Recovery Cluster
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