Dr Sudha Nair majored in Botany and was awarded a doctorate in Microbial Biotechnology in the year 1990. She served at the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation for close to 20 years in various capacities and stepped down in 2011 as a Senior Director. She serves on several National and International Boards, as a trustee in Independent Organizations and NGO's and is a member of the Task Forces of Department of Science and Technology and Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology Govt. of India. She is a member for the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission for Science and Technology for Development and an Executive Board member of the Organization forWomen in Science for the Developing World, Asia Pacific Region. She is recognised at the National and International level for her work in the area of Gender, Science and Technology - both at Policy and Program implementation level at the grass root level in rural areas. As part of a recent study she prepared the National Report for Assessment of Gender Equality in the Knowledge Society as part of six country assessment towards a publication being supported by Elsevier Foundation and published by http://www.wigsat.org/node/8. She has been conferred with national awards for her scientific work like Young National Women Bio-scientist Award for the year (2001); Prof BD Tilak Award (2006); Dr P Sheel Memorial Lecture Award (2009); Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Awards (2009-2010); and Vocational Service Award, Rotary Club of Chennai Mid City (2010-2011). She has a good publication record and has guidedseveral students for their postgraduate and doctoral work.