Piyush is working as the Sr. Programme Coordinator (Chemical and Health Program) at Toxics Link. He joined Toxics Link in the year 2006. He was coordinating on Environmental Equity and Justice Partnership ( EEJP ) supported by Ford Foundation to collaborate and implement the project on waste and chemicals across the country. He was also coordinating the International PoPs Elimination Network (IPEN) activities for the South Asia program. Piyush has authored many research reports on issues of chemical safety primarily on POPs, heavy metals, and Endocrine Disruptive chemicals ( EDCs)., concerning India and South Asia. He has represented various national-level and inter-ministerial meetings and international conventions on the issues of chemical safety and waste. He has deep expertise in the Stockholm Convention on POPs., Basel Convention, Rotterdam Convention, and Minamata Convention on Mercury, and developments on Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management (SAICM). He is now looking after the chemicals and health program of Toxics Link focusing on the research and policy aspects of chemical management in the context of health.

Piyush Mohapatra has done M.Sc. in Botany with a specialization in Environmental Toxicology from Berhampur University, Odisha. After completing his post-graduation, he was associated with some grassroots organizations on biodiversity issues in the tribal districts of Odisha. Later, he moved to Delhi to pursue his LLB from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, Delhi University. After a brief stint in a corporate law firm, the former moved to the development sector and worked with Gene Campaign for three years. During his tenure at the Gene campaign, he was involved in various policy issues concerning intellectual property rights and Genetically Modified (GM) technology. Piyush is the recipient of the prestigious International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) of the US Govt, “Department of State” in 2011.

Reach out to Piyush at piyush@toxicslink.org