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Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Environment and Water

Dr. Nagulendran Kangayatkarasu, or better known as Dr. Nagu, joined the Malaysian Government as a Diplomatic and Administrative Officer in 1995. A Chevening Scholar, he has been for most of his career worked on issues related to biodiversity, biosafety and environment. His doctoral studies at the University of Nottingham focused on biodiversity governance in Peninsular Malaysia. He has been involved mainly in policy formulation, developing legal frameworks, diplomacy and negotiations as well as stakeholder engagements on the many issues and facets of national and global environmental governance. He feels that it is a joined responsibility of all to ensure environmental concerns are mainstreamed into national and global socioeconomic development agenda. He too advocates that changes at an individual level to live in harmony with nature is a powerful catalyst to augment the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.