Homi Khusrokhan, former Managing Director in Tata Group companies and Glaxo, has been appointed as the new President of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). The decision was taken in the Governing Council (GC) meeting of BNHS on January 7, 2012. Former BNHS President, B G Deshmukh passed away in 2011. Mr Khusrokhan has been BNHS Vice-President since May 2009.
Bridging the gap
Mr Khusrokhan has keen interest in environmental issues and firmly believes in bridging the gap between nature conservation and development. He also believes that development should be based on the principles of social equity and environmental sustainability. He had played the lead role in relocating a plant of Tata Chemicals in Tanzania after BNHS had raised concerns about the survival of flamingos in the proposed area. He has been taking keen interest in important research and conservation projects of BNHS such as the Vulture Conservation Breeding Programme.
Commenting on the new development, BNHS Director, Dr Asad R Rahmani said, “I am very happy that Mr Khusrokhan has been appointed as the President of BNHS by the Governing Council. He is the right person for steering ahead BNHS in the constantly changing and challenging conservation scenario. His appointment as the President has come at the right time when BNHS is gearing up for its role as the nodal NGO coordinator for the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP) in October this year.”
Illustrious professional background
Mr Khusrokhan is a veteran of over 40 years’ in the corporate sector. His experience and expertise spans across areas such as agri-business, international business and mergers and acquisitions. He was the Managing Director of Tata Group companies – Tata Tea and Tata Chemicals – and of Glaxo. He was also on the board of ICICI Bank as an Independent Director.