Dr. Kuppannan Palanisami

Born in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India on October 3, 1949. Completed B.Sc (Agri) during 1969-73; M.Sc (Agri Econ), 1973-75 and Ph.D. (Agri Econ), 1976-1981 from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. Senior Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota, USA, 1990.

Visiting Professor, University of Minnesota, USA, 1982-84 & 1990; Visiting Fellow, KhonKaen University, Thailand, 1984-85; worked at IRRI, Philippines, 1986-88. Visiting Researcher, Waseda University, Japan, 2000 and RIHN, Kyoto, Japan in 2004; Consultant for the UN/FAO for East African Countries in 1997; Consultant to World Bank programs in different states in India and IFAD projects in 7 Asian Countries; Member, Expert Committee preparing water master plan for Abu Dhabi and Dubai Emirates, 2007.

Director, Water Technology Centre, 2000-06, and Director, Centre for Agricultural & Rural Development Studies, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, 2006-08; Chairman, Project Implementation Team of More Crop and Income per Drop Programme, GOI, 2007-09. Principal Researcher, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), South Asia Office, Hyderabad, 2008-14; Emeritus Scientist, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), New Delhi, 2014 till date.

Awards/Honours: TNAU Best Researcher, 1992; Best Scientist Water Technology, 1997; Tamil Nadu Best Scientist Award, 1999; GOI, JAIN-INCID - Krishi Sinchai Vikas Puraskar Award, 2004; Outstanding Professional Award by JCI COSMO (Rotary), 2011; Distinguished Scientist, TNAU 2017; GLOBE Award by Wellcome Trust, UK, 2012; Junior and Senior Fulbright Fellowships, USA, 1982 & 1990; Robert McNamara Fellowship, World Bank, 1984; JSPS Fellowship, Japan, 2000; RIHN, Japan, Invited Fellow, 2005.


Research Areas: Water economics & policy, impact evaluation, investment modelling, technology transfer and climate change

Address: 8 A3 Ramasamy Layout, Venkitapuram, Velandipalayam P.O, Coimbatore 641025, Tamil Nadu; [Tel: Cell: 9443348782; Email: k.palanisami@cgiar.org; palanisami.iwmi@gmail.com]