Remi Chandran is a policy researcher with more than 20 years of experience working with Governments and United Nations organizations. His area of expertise is on information management for environmental governance with reference to enforcement of multilateral environmental agreements and Sustainable Developmental Goals.
In 2003, while working at United Nations University, Remi initiated the Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System (WEMS) project to address the information gaps in addressing illegal wildlife trade. Initially collaborating with prominent Asian NGO leaders, in 2010, and following the decision of the CITES Enforcement Expert Group, he redesigned WEMS as a Government tool, supporting its implementation in six African countries through the Lusaka Agreement Task Force. In 2014, he called for the classification of enforcement information to nominal and non-nominal data to facilitate better use of non-nominal data in academic research. In the same year he initiated the Tokyo Conference on Combating Wildlife crime marking the launch of the first world wildlife day at United Nations University in Japan.
Remi is also involved in the promotion and application of space technologies for meeting sustainable developmental goals and in addressing pressing global problems related to environment and development. His expanded research portfolio includes climate change and low carbon cities and more recently on plastic waste management for Asian Cities. Remi holds a PhD in Public policy from University of Twente in Netherlands and MSc from University College Dublin, Ireland. He is also a recipient of the UNU-IAS PhD fellowship (2012-2013), Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (2010-2013) and The Irish Government (ICOS) fellowship (1995-97).