Abhiyant Tiwari

Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management

Abhiyant Tiwari is an Assistant Professor and Program Manager at the Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management, Gandhinagar, India. He is trained as a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Environmental Health Sciences from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Since 2013, as a public health researcher and practitioner at the Public Health Foundation of India, Abhiyant has worked with knowledge partners like Natural Resources Defense Council, the U.S., and policy partners like national and sub-national government agencies on developing, implementing, and scaling heatwave health adaptation plans in India. He is a member of the National Disaster Management Authority of India’s technical experts’ group that develops national guidelines for heatwave adaptation plans and a member of experts group the Global Heat Health Information Network. He led a preliminary study for the National Disaster Management of India to estimate local temperature thresholds for heatwave warning systems in more than 100 cities of India and works on developing risk-informed heat health warning systems for the states of India. Abhiyant has also worked on developing guidelines for air pollution health risk communication plans in Indian cities. During challenging times of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Abhiyant in his role of Assistant Professor at Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management, conceptualized, developed, and implemented a Mobile App-based technological solution for effective and real-time surveillance of COVID-19 cases in several districts of Gujarat. He is also a member of the Indian Meteorological Society and a fellow of LEAD India, and Climate Reality.