Shirish Ravan is Head of UN-SPIDER Beijing Office, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. His program promotes the use of space based and geospatial information in all stages of disasters by offering technical advisory support and capacity building programs to several countries in Asia, Pacific and Africa. He brings in vast experience in earth observation and geo-spatial technology applications in the areas of disaster, natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystem management etc. Ravan has also worked in Afghanistan to lead the Illicit Crop Monitoring Program of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime where he used earth observation technology to counter opium cultivation. He holds a Bachelor degree in Horticulture, a Master in Environmental Sciences and Doctorate in Forest Ecology.
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