Kartikeya V. Sarabhai is Founder Director of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Centre of Excellence for Environmental Education of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. He is the Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and the Human Habitat established at CEE in collaboration with CEPT University. He was a member of the UNESCO Reference Group for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD). He is the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, a Sage publication. Mr. Sarabhai took the leadership to organize the UNESCO 4th International Conference on Environmental Education (Tbilisi+30) in India in 2007 that led to discussions on efforts of EE in strengthening Education for Sustainable Development.
He is the co-chair of the Global Citizenship Working Group convened by the Brookings Institute, Washington D.C., to examine how Global Citizenship Education is measured, and make recommendations for new ways of assessing learning. He is also the Co-chair of the Earth Charter International Council. Under his leadership, through Paryavaran Mitra, a nationwide environmental education programme, CEE reaches out to about 200,000 schools in India.
The Government of India conferred Shri Sarabhai with the Padma Shri in 2012, in recognition of his exceptional and distinguished service in the field of Environmental Education. Mr. Sarabhai has also been selected to be awarded with the 2016 International Brandwein Medal, in recognition of his lifetime work for inspiring new generations, to experience, embrace and love nature first hand. The recognition, awarded jointly by the Brandwein Institute and the IUCN-CEC, will be presented at the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Honolulu, Hawaii, in September 2016.