Dr. ShaileshNayak is currently Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies and Distinguished Scientist in the Ministry of Earth Sciences. He obtained his PhD degree in Geology from the M.S University of Baroda in 1980. He was Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, during August 2008-2015, and provided leadership for programs related to earth system sciences.He set up the state-of-the-art tsunami warning system for the Indian Ocean in 2007 and provided tsunami advisories to the Indian Ocean rim countries. He has pioneered the development of algorithms and methodologies for the application of remote sensing to the coastal and marine environment, and generated the baseline database of the Indian coast, and developed services for fishery and ocean state forecast. This coastal database has formed basis of the managing the coasts in India. He was instrumental in creating database of the glaciers of the Indian Himalaya.
He is Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru, the National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad, Fellow of the International Society of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He was conferred the prestigious ISC Vikram Sarabhai Memorial Award 2012 as well as Bhaskara Award for 2009, for his outstanding contributions in remote sensing and GIS. He has published about 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals.