Ashoke Chatterjee, former Executive Director and Distinguished Fellow, National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) where he was for twent-five years.
He received his education at Woodstock School (Mussoorie), St Stephen’s College and Miami University (Ohio) and has a background in the engineering industry, international civil service, India Tourism Development Corporation. He has served a range of development institutions in India and overseas, particularly in the sectors of drinking water, sanitation, disability, livelihoods and education as well as working with artisans in many parts of the country. He was Hon President of the Crafts Council of India for over twenty years and continues to serve CCI as its Hon Advisor. Other current affiliations include the Prabhat Education Foundation for children with special needs, Utthan, the Centre for Heritage Management (Ahmedabad University), the India Foundation for the Arts (Bangalore), Madras Crafts Foundation, Centre for Environment Education and Gandhi Ashram. An author and writer, his books include “Dances of the Golden Hall” on the art of Shanta Rao and “Rising” on empowerment efforts among deprived communities in rural Gujarat. Prof. Chatterjee continues to assist design education in India and Pakistan.–